I have one workstation Win 7 Pro, that we can't RDC to ONLY WHEN IT'S CONFIGURED IN THE DOMAIN, regardless of the logaon with IP or DNS Name, using Admin user ID for domain and even the local machine (logging on as Domanname\username).

When the workstation is taken out of the Domain (I talked an end user through how to make the change settings) changed to Workgroup: Workgroup, then and only then can I RDC from the domain controller using a local machine RDP (TS) user ID.

The remote machine's firewall is turned off. All the local machine and domain named users were set up in the RDP Group and/or Administrators, and I even manually gave Local Policy permission to these groups/users. Still I can't RDP from the Domain controller to the workstation.

I have several workstations in the domain, that are on different subnets (i.e.,,, and so forth, and they all work, and all have Win7 Pro.

I've read numerous threads but can't seem to find an answer. The workstation is at a site that's 3-hours away and this is proving to be a great problem.


There may be a group policy to deny remote desktop. Here is the corresponding registry value that you can check to determine if this is the case:

Key: HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\Terminal Services  
Value: fDenyTSConnections  

If it is set, the system will not be listening on or [::]:3389. The system monitors this registry value in real time, so if you do find it set to 1, as soon as you set it to zero the system should start listening on 3389.

This setting may also be set independently of a GPO. In that case, the location is:

Key: HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server\  
  • I'll check this and see if it's a problem. Thanks. – Elliot Jan 31 '13 at 14:44
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