Group Policy Quick Tip – Enable Remote Desktop Network Level Authentication

Following our last tip, today’s Group Policy Quick Tip is about adding additional security to Remote Desktop sessions on your computers.  Normally, an RDP session is established before authentication takes place.  Enabling Network Level Authentication (NLA) allows authentication to take place before the RDP session is established.

Group Policy Quick Tip – Enable Remote Desktop

Welcome to the first of what will [hopefully] be an ongoing feature here at 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. Continue reading