RDP connection blocked after putting pc in workgroup

Posted on 2012-09-13
Last Modified: 2012-09-20
Hi All

After I changed a client pc from domain to workgroup the Firewall seems to kick in and blocks the RDP connection.  As this was a remote machine I was no longer able to connect to it.
The only way was to guide someone on-site with the local admin password.

Can I change the local policy when a pc is on a domain to prevent this from happnening?  So that the windows firewall is automatically disabled when joined to a workgroup? (or add an exception for incomming RDP connection?)

Thank you in advance!
Question by:Insr33
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    by:Ashok Dewan
    Its better to configure the Rule on firewall to accept RDP connection. So, this rule will persist after moving domain to workgroup.
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    by:Nagendra Pratap Singh
    You can create local users on the PC and add them to the Remote Desktop Users local group. Making them local admins is not needed.
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    Good day,

    If it's a Windows 7 machine go to Control Panel > Windows Firewall. Click on the "Allow a program or feature through Windows Firewall" at the RHS (see below screenshot)Windows Firewall SettingsThen scroll to RDP and enable/disable accordingly (see below screenshot)Allow/Block Programms
    Hope that helps

    Author Closing Comment

    Perfect solution!
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    @Insr33 thanks mate! :D

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