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Allow users to connect remotely by using Remote Desktop Services

This policy setting allows you to configure remote access to computers by using Remote Desktop Services. If you enable this policy setting users who are members of the Remote Desktop Users group on the target computer can connect remotely to the target computer by using Remote Desktop Services. If you disable this policy setting users cannot connect remotely to the target computer by using Remote Desktop Services. The target computer will maintain any current connections but will not accept any new incoming connections. If you do not configure this policy setting Remote Desktop Services uses the Remote Desktop setting on the target computer to determine whether the remote connection is allowed. This setting is found on the Remote tab in the System properties sheet. By default remote connections are not allowed. Note: You can limit which clients are able to connect remotely by using Remote Desktop Services by configuring the policy setting at Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Remote Desktop Services -> Remote Desktop Session Host -> Security -> Require user authentication for remote connections by using Network Level Authentication. You can limit the number of users who can connect simultaneously by configuring the policy setting at Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Remote Desktop Services -> Remote Desktop Session Host -> Connections -> Limit number of connections or by configuring the policy setting Maximum Connections by using the Remote Desktop Session Host WMI Provider.


Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> SOFTWARE -> Policies -> Microsoft -> Windows NT -> Terminal Services # fDenyTSConnections

  2. The Administrative Template path is:

    Windows Components -> Remote Desktop Services -> Remote Desktop Session Host -> Connections

Notes

* Making mistakes while changing registry values can affect your system adversely. We recommend you to create a System Restore point before making registry manipulation. If you're new to Registry Editor, read this beginner's guide.
** To locate the registry and administrative template path, checkout beginner's guide.
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