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Group Policy, Y’all! After troubleshooting a Group Policy problem for someone (completely and totally unrelated to Remote Desktop), the person I was helping told me how he just kept forgetting to set this one setting for new PC’s. A rather long discussion ensued about creating PC images, checklists, automated OS deployment, etc. While we were talking, I realized that I take a lot of the settings that I typically put into my Computer and User policies for granted. There are so many ‘set it and forget it’ settings that you literally set once and never think about again. Today’s tip is for one of those setting that you should set and forget: enabling Remote Desktop in Group Policy.In your Group Policy Object (GPO), go to Computer Configuration > Policies > Windows Components > Remote Desktop Services > Remote Desktop Session Host > Connections > Allow users to connect remotely using Remote Desktop Services and set the option to Enabled. This setting applies to Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2.
On a Windows 7 computer, your Remote Settings should look something like this: