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Unable to initiate RDP session

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Last Modified: 2012-05-05
One of our customers has a tablet PC that several users work from at any given time.  An RDP profile is setup to allow them an automatic connection to their web-based software.

One user is not able to do this - when he logs in on the tablet and clicks the RDP shortcut, it displays the following error:

To log on to this remote computer, you must have Terminal Server User Access permissions on this computer.  By default, members of the Remote Desktop Users group have these permissions.  If you are not a member of the Remote Desktop Users group or another group that has these permissions, or if the Remote Desktop User group does not have these permissions, you must be granted these permissions manually.

I checked the local PC's Remote Desktop Users group and it is empty.  There is a group on the server - Remote Access Users - where the users that should be able to RDP are added (he is one of them).

As I said, any of the other users who log in have no problems with the RDP session, and their local perms are no different than his.

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Have you tried manually adding his user name?  Is his machine properly registered in AD?


i would think the machine would be OK because other users are not having problems.

you're suggesting adding his username to the local Remote Desktop Users group?
Local to the PC he is trying to connect to you, yes.  The local security on the connecting pc should not matter, as long as the user has access to run that program on their machine (Remote Desktop Client)
Top Expert 2005

Unless you have Terminal Services setup on the server in Application Mode then you can only have 2 concurrent connections to the server using RDP for Administration purposes only.

In order to use TS in App mode you need to buy TSCALs.


How do I verify if TS is setup in App. Mode (I didn't set it up initially)?
Top Expert 2005
Good question.

From Start>Programs>Administrative Tools, select Terminal Services Configuration
Select Server settings on the left.
On the right, look at the Licensing key.

If it's "Remote Desktop for Administration" then it's not in Application Mode and you are restricted to 2 concurrent connections for Administration purposes.

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this has been resolved.  the local settings weren't the issue - there were problems with the groups in AD.

Thanks for all your help and advice!
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