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Policy to Disable RDP for users on a specific server

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I have 2 servers one is a 2003 server the other a 2008 server (they are both terminal servers).  I need a way to prevent users - not admins from using  (Accessing) MSTSC.exe or RDP to connect to their machines.  How can this be done?
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1- With a Software Restriction policy (Computer Configuration - Windows Settings - Security Settings - Software restriction policies)
Either a Path or Hash rule for mstsc.exe located in (C:\Windows\System32)
2- Configuring Deny logon through Terminal services user right in (Computer Configuration - Windows Settings - Security Settings - Local Policies - User rights assignements)


http://www.petri.co.il/forums/showthread.php?t=43016
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If you deny login via local policies won't that stop the users from connecting to the machine too?  Also I have yet to get the Software restriction policy to work regardless of what I do.   Not sure why because it's that complicated...  Maybe because it's 2003 and not 2008.
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by:Haresh Nikumbh
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yes you can configure this policy on local machine too
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I also created a hash registry setting to block MSTSC.exe I checked the policy and it's there too. But I can open RDP and connect to my computer...
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by:Haresh Nikumbh
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I have tested on my pc and its working

have a look
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by:WellingtonIS
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I have the EXACT same thing except I did it for users instead of computers.  Maybe it's just time.  I'm updating the machine now with about 30 updates I'll reboot it and try again.  Thanks.  I also did the application blocker - see attached too.. It works on a windows 7 machine but no on 2003 server???
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by:Haresh Nikumbh
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looks good,
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by:WellingtonIS
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Tried it on 2008 terminal server and it's not working there either???  Maybe you can't block it on a server?
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by:Justin Yeung
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change the permission of mstsc.exe file itself.........
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by:Haresh Nikumbh
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I have applied policy on the local machine,  RDP screenshot which i have attached for my local machine.. which can not take RDP connection for any machine.
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by:Justin Yeung
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as i said before just edit the permission of the local mstsc.exe file.

no other users that you want can use the RDP.
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If I do that then no one will be able to use RDP not even admins?
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by:Justin Yeung
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no.......... you can edit the permission to who or what group(s) can access mstsc.exe the file itself.

for example full control for Domain Admins and deny access to a group of users.

remember deny access will override granted access, so becareful with that.
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I finally got this to work with the registry setting.
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by:WellingtonIS
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I wasn't sucessful blocking with a hash rule in the app blocker, however when I did it in the registry setting it worked.
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