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Hi . . . please help.
We are setting up an RDP system as follows, SBS 2003 Server and a MS Windows 2003 R2 Terminal (TS) Server.  We have setup two users in AD on the SBS, also same two users as local on the TS Server for testing.
We can successfully log on as Administrator using RDP to the Domain, and both Servers locally.  We can log on locally to both Servers as the test users BUT NOT to the Domain.  Even if we do not use the TS Server and use the SBS IP address to logon to the Domain as a User it fails/errors.  The message is Windows cannot log you on because your profile cannot be loaded.  Check you are connected to the network . . . . 
I believe the problem is in AD somewhere!

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by:JohnGerhardt
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There is a tab under the user that controls a seperate profile for logging onto terminal servers.. Could this be set to something incorrect...?
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Did you change the TS to operate in Application Server mode instead of Remote Administration mode?  By default, only administrators can login to a server.  Regular users cannot login until it is switched to Application Server mode.

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by:Darius Ghassem
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Go to the Local Security Policy in the TS Administrative tools then local polices -> User Right Assignments find Log on Locally and add the users to this.
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In the Terminal Server Configuration you will find in Connections 'RDP-Tcp'.  Right Click and go to Properties, on the Permissions Tab you will need to have the users either listed or in a group you use or create.  this is required regardless of Application Mode or not.

Generally speaking you usually just set Permissions to Guest Access, however, some Applications could dictate User Access or rarely Full Control.
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by:Darius Ghassem
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Sorry also go to Administrative tools then local polices -> User Right Assignments
->Allow Log On Through Terminal Server
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by:MalcolmNZ
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dariusg:  Just having a problem locating the "TS Administrative tools ".  Are we talking about the SBS Server ?

regards
Malcolm
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by:Darius Ghassem
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Sorry didn't mean to list that one. Try the below

Sorry also go to Administrative tools then local polices -> User Right Assignments
->Allow Log On Through Terminal Server
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Hi dariusq, This is an SBS 2003 system, if you select Start, then Administrative Tools, there is no listed local polices.  Please advise.
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Sorry . . . . that should read Start, then Programs, the Administrative Tools.
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Wait a minute, I just noticed something else..  You said that you can log on locally with both users on both servers??!?!?   Domain controllers don't have local accounts, only domain accounts..   What exactly are you doing?
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Yes, at one point I could select the SBS Server name in the login to box instead of the domain name.  Due to your remark, I just tried it now, but was not able to.  So it appears something was not correct before.  

I currently have the position of being able to login with RDP as Administrator but NOT one of the two users.  Thanks for pointing out what the situation should be.
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Go into the default domain controller policy in AD and you will find the local policy under here. Also, go into Terminal Server Configuration then right-click RDP-TCP then go to properties then Security and add the users here or just add them to the Remote Desktop group
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I contacted local Microsoft, which turned out to be in Australia.  Problem was a combination of items, the main one appeared to be the licencing.  Also found out along the way you should not be able to log on as a standard user.  Thanks to all who replied.
 
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Hi
Not sure why this Alert box has appeared.  I wish to close the question.
Malcolm
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Hi
Just altered the points to the total allocated !
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