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How to enable Remote Desktop on Windows Server

This guide explains you how to enable Remote Desktop on Windows Server using Group Policy Management

To enable Remote Desktop on a Windows Server 2012 R2 that is part of a domain, create a GPO called "Remote Desktop" and configure it with these settings in the Computer Configuration:

GPO Remote Destkop

Still in the Computer Configuration area of the GPO, edit the firewall by visiting Policies > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Windows Firewall with Advanced Security, and add the Predefined Inbound rule for Remote Desktop, like this:

Inbound rule for How to enable Remote Desktop on Windows Server

So, after adding this, you'll end up with all inbound traffic to RDP 3389 open, which is just what Remote Desktop needs

 Firewall RDP rules

Of course, you only need to do the above if your Firewall is on, which I really hope so!

That's it, run "gpupdate" or "Group Policy Update..." on the OU affected using Group Policy Management, and off you go :)

Remember: a reboot does not mean that the GPO is updated! Ensure you run gpupdate or similar

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London, 12 April 2020