I have a server running Windows Server 2008 R2 as a domain controller. I have a number of Windows 7 x64 Professional machines. I am trying to set Remote Desktop privileges to all users to login to all my domain machines.

I have set the User Rights Assignment for Allow user to login through Terminal Services (Remote Desktop) to Authenticated users, Users, & Remote Desktop users. I have added Authenticated Users to the Remote Desktop Users group in Active Directory. I have also gone into Group policy and enabled the following setting:

Computer Management Policies->Administrative Template->Windows Components ->Remote Desktop Services-> Remote Desktop Session Host ->Connections ->Allow users to connect remotely using Remote Desktop Services

Users still cannot login. I am entirely confused. I have to many machines to go to individually and grant access. Can anyone suggest a step I am missing?

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The Remote Desktop Users group in AD controls RDP access to Domain Controllers. It has no bearing on the local Remote Desktop Users group or RDP access to domain joined computers that are not Domain Controllers. For those computers you'll need to use Group Policy Preferences or Restricted Groups to modify the membership of the local Remote Desktop Users group.

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  • Can you elaborate? Should I make a new Remote Desktop Users group and add users to it? I have added Authenticated Users and Users to the GPO User Rights Assignment for this but that did not work either.
    – JukEboX
    Mar 23, 2017 at 19:35
  • And this is also not true. The group in the description allows for Remote Desktop to machines on the domain.
    – JukEboX
    Mar 23, 2017 at 19:38
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    It does not grant RDP access to computers in the domain. If it did it would be working for you. The domain Remote Desktop Users group grants RDP access only to Domain Controllers. You need to modify the local Remote Desktop Users group on the local computers. You can disagree with me if you like, but until you do that it isn't going to work.
    – joeqwerty
    Mar 23, 2017 at 19:43
  • Thanks for the info. Wasn't as clear as I needed and I was also confused about your first answer. Guess we both were on the same page but in a different way.
    – JukEboX
    Mar 23, 2017 at 21:26
  • I updated your question with the picture I and information. Deleted my answer. Thanks again.
    – JukEboX
    Mar 23, 2017 at 22:42

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