Terminal Server 2003 access

Posted on 2006-03-20
Last Modified: 2010-04-18
I have a 2003 terminal server operating smoothly, the server now denies login permission to admin or users,  the message indicates one must be a member of the remote desktop users group to login...  I have checked all of these settings they appear correct.. still get the same message?

Question by:wwwedward
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    Assisted Solution

    So, you're saying that you've checked the membership of the Remote Desktop Users group on the server and it contains the appropriate domain user and/or groups?

    You might also need to adjust the "Log on Locally" right.   From the Security Policy MMC snap-in (secpol.msc), navigate to Security Settings, Local Policies, User Rights Assignments.  Then add the users/groups to the "Log on Locally" field
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    Assisted Solution

    Do you have Terminal Services running on this server?  or Citrix?

    If terminal services is loaded, you need to go to a different area:

    Start --> Administrative Tools --> Terminal Services Configuration

    Highlight the connectections folder...  On the right hand pane, double click RDP-TCP...
    Click the PERMISSIONS TAB...  Verify that Administators have FULL CONTROL.

    Click save...

    Also make sure that your TS server is using the proper licensing mode:  

    Highlight the Server Settings folder.  On the right hand pane, click Licenseing and make sure your are using the same licenseing as your licenese server.  for example, both should be set to PER USER.  or both should be set to per device.  (Usually PER USER is best because MS doens't track these types of licenses).

    Also, note that you can also try conencting to the server by using this command from a remote machine:

    mstsc.exe /v: servername /console

    The console switch will make it so you are logged in using a console connection as opposed to a TS session.
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    Expert Comment

    Actually that brings up a good point.... are you talking about Terminal Services or Remote Desktop?   In the pre-Windows Server 2003 days they were one and the same... but not anymore.

    Author Comment

    Windows 2003 terminal server in applicatiuon mode.  The rdp protocol is what we are using to connect..  I will check the above first thing in the a.m.  log on locally might be the only thing I have not checked...   I know our liscence server is still running on windows 2000 server service pack 4...Strange I do not know waht changed but something...

    Thanks for your time thus far
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    Accepted Solution

    There are now two options in the local security policy: Log on locally ang log on through terminal services, you only need the later enabled for TS users.

    Author Comment

    security settings look intact

    Author Comment

    Thanks for the help.  I had missed an event log message. The issue was with the liscence server..


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