This blog post is divided into 2 sections, the first section reflects the machines Without RD Session Host Role whilst the second part portrays the machinesWith RD Session Host Role. You can quickly access the different sections from the below hyperlinks. These two sections are then further divided into different Operating Systems for you to choose from.

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Without RD Session Host Role

With RD Session Host Role

Without RD Session Host Role

Windows Vista/Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008/Windows Server 2008 R2
Windows 8 & Windows Server 2012/Windows Server 2012 R2
Windows 10 & Windows Server 2016

Windows Vista/Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008/Windows Server 2008 R2

  1. Open the Control Panel. Ensure that the control panel is showing items by Category (i.e. not in Classic View). Click on System and Security and under System click on Allow remote access.1
  2. Under the Remote Desktop group choose Allow connections from computers running any version of Remote Desktop (less secure).2

Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012/Windows Server 2012 R2

  1. Open the Control Panel. Ensure that the control panel is showing items by Category. Click on System and Security and under System click on Allow remote access.3
  2. Under the Remote Desktop group un-tick the checkbox Allow connections only from computers running Remote Desktop with Network Level Authentication (recommended)4

Windows 10 & Windows Server 2016

  1. Open the Control Panel. Ensure that the control panel is showing items by Category (i.e. not in Classic View). Click on System and Security and under System click on Allow remote access.WS2016 CP
  2. Under the Remote group choose Allow remote connections to this computer.

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With the RD Session Host Role

Windows 2008 and Windows 2008 R2

Windows 2012/Windows Server 2012 R2 & Windows Server 2016

Windows 2008 and Windows 2008 R2

  1. On the RD Session Host server, open Remote Desktop Session Host Configuration. To open Remote Desktop Session Host Configuration, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, point to Remote Desktop Services, and then click Remote Desktop Session Host Configuration.
  2. Under Connections, right-click the name of the connection, and then click Properties.
  3. On the General tab, un-tick the Allow connections only from computers running Remote Desktop with Network Level Authentication check box. (For maximum compatibility ensure that Security Layer is set to Negotiate)5 (2)

If the Allow connections only from computers running Remote Desktop with Network Level Authentication check box is selected and is not enabled, the Require user authentication for remote connections by using Network Level Authentication Group Policy setting has been enabled and has been applied to the RD Session Host server.

  1. Click OK.

Windows 2012/Windows Server 2012 R2 & Windows Server 2016

  1. On the RD Session Host server, open the Server Manager.
  2. Click on Remote Desktop Services, then under Collections click on the name of the session collection name that you want to modify. Click on Tasks and select Edit properties.5
  3. Under the Security tab un-tick the option Allow connections only from computers running Remote Desktop with Network Level Authentication. (For maximum compatibility ensure that Security Layer is set to Negotiate)
    6If the Allow connections only from computers running Remote Desktop with Network Level Authentication check box is selected and is not enabled, theRequire user authentication for remote connections by using Network Level Authentication Group Policy setting has been enabled and has been applied to the RD Session Host server.
  4.  Click OK.

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