I have remote desktop connection enabled. I've added my self and the Administrator account. When I try to login remotely I get:

When I try logging to remote desktop via localhost I get access denied error. The same occurs when I try remotely, except it says "username or password is not correct"

The terminal server is running, I checked this in services.

I am using the exact same username/password combo for both the local and remote logins. I can log on the physical machine just fine using the password/username combos.

Any ideas?

3 Answers 3


It helps if you are actually on the domain!

I got 'er fixed.


Try putting machinename\username or domainname\username as the login. This is also the same thing with Win7 that I have seen.

  • Thanks for the reply Dan! Just a heads up this is a different machine than earlier. That didn't seem to do the trick.
    – Noah Clark
    Sep 14, 2009 at 19:37
  • Is this server a domain controller?
    – DanBig
    Sep 14, 2009 at 19:49
  • Dan, Yeah it is. I just checked and I can't log on to the domain nor ping the fully qualified.
    – Noah Clark
    Sep 14, 2009 at 19:55
  • What services need to be running for the DC to be working.
    – Noah Clark
    Sep 14, 2009 at 19:58
  • I checked and all the services seem to be up that windows requires....DNS and then all the AD related services as well.
    – Noah Clark
    Sep 14, 2009 at 20:09

Check the Group Policy key: Computer Configuration/Windows Settings/Local Policies/User Rights Assignment

There are 2 subkeys that may be of interest: Allow Logon through Terminal Services Deny Logon through Terminal Services

  • See my comments to Dan. I don't think that not being able to login remotely is the problem, but rather a symptom of the problem. Thanks!
    – Noah Clark
    Sep 14, 2009 at 20:06

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