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Require use of specific security layer for remote (RDP) connections

This policy setting specifies whether to require the use of a specific security layer to secure communications between clients and RD Session Host servers during Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) connections. If you enable this policy setting all communications between clients and RD Session Host servers during remote connections must use the security method specified in this setting. The following security methods are available:* Negotiate: The Negotiate method enforces the most secure method that is supported by the client. If Transport Layer Security (TLS) version 1. 0 is supported it is used to authenticate the RD Session Host server. If TLS is not supported native Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) encryption is used to secure communications but the RD Session Host server is not authenticated. * RDP: The RDP method uses native RDP encryption to secure communications between the client and RD Session Host server. If you select this setting the RD Session Host server is not authenticated. * SSL (TLS 1. 0): The SSL method requires the use of TLS 1. 0 to authenticate the RD Session Host server. If TLS is not supported the connection fails. If you disable or do not configure this policy setting the security method to be used for remote connections to RD Session Host servers is not specified at the Group Policy level.


Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

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

  2. The Administrative Template path is:

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

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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