I have installed Windows Server 2008_R2 as a virtual guest operating system on my Centos-6.5 (the host). I also want to install the remote desktop feature, so that each user connecting to the win server see his/her desktop.

I followed the instructions from howtogeek and installed the licenses per user. Please see the picture below.

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However, all users see one desktop which is shared! I want that each user see the login page and then he/she enters his/her credentials.

Any idea for that?


Please see the picture below which shows a test. The left window is a vnc connection to the centos host which is running the windows server. The two right windows are the remote desktops from my laptop to the windows server. As I said before, I enabled the remote desktop feature from the virtualbox (server:3389). Please note that, as soon as I open the remote destktop application and enter server:3389, I see the administrator's desktop.

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  • Can you clarify what you mean by "desktop?"
    – pat o.
    Mar 24, 2016 at 12:23
  • Each user should see its own desktop (my documents, ...)
    – mahmood
    Mar 24, 2016 at 12:52
  • What evidence are you seeing that leads you to believe that users are seeing the same desktop?
    – pat o.
    Mar 24, 2016 at 13:14
  • Please see the updated post
    – mahmood
    Mar 24, 2016 at 13:48

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It appears you are logging in as Administrator on the server for both connections.

Each person will need its own user account on the remote desktop server.

The guide you referenced explains how you need to grant permission to each user (or a group) to be able to login.

  • Please note that I defined two users in the windows server. Problem is, as soon as I open the remote desktop and enter server:3389 and hit enter, I see the currently logged in user (here admin). It doesn't ask me which user you want to log in
    – mahmood
    Mar 24, 2016 at 13:56
  • Regarding the last line of your reply, what is the next step after granting the permissions?
    – mahmood
    Mar 24, 2016 at 14:18
  • The credentials are being saved. On the Remote Desktop Connection screen, if you drop down the "Options" section you should see the ability to change the username.
    – pat o.
    Mar 24, 2016 at 15:25
  • No, I tried with a user name. Quickly I see the admin's dsktop
    – mahmood
    Mar 24, 2016 at 17:13
  • Make sure you don't have any credentials saved by going to Control Panel \ Credential Manager.
    – pat o.
    Mar 24, 2016 at 17:20

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