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Windows 2008 Server RDP & Group Policy

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I have a new windows 2008 server running remote access for our VPN clients. When I join it to our AD I cannot RDP to it but I can VNC to it. As soon as I remove it from the domain & put it in a workgroup RDP will work ok.
Where in the default domain controllers policy would that be stopped? or am I barking up the wrong tree totally & its something else
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Hi,

First, check your firewall rules once you have joined the domain, ensuring RDP is allowed on the new server. (http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/windowsserver2008r2rds/thread/811b722f-78e4-479c-afc8-bbfd604447fa)

You need to add the server to the allowed list for RDP access in AD. You can achieve this as follows:

Two group policy changes should do the trick, followed by a gpupdate /force or waiting for the policy to be distributed to domain members/clients:

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Network > Network Connections > Windows Firewall > Domain Profile > Allow inbound Remote Desktop exception.  Note that I recommend limiting the IP addresses that have access as explained in the notes of that policy, if possible, as a best practice.

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Remote Desktop Services > Remote Desktop Session Host > Connections > Allow users to connect remotely using Remote Desktop Services

Full article here: http://www.nojokeit.com/2011/02/enable-remote-desktop-in-server-2008-r2.html
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by:Richard Gray
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Had done the first part anyway, the second part I dont have as its a Windows 2003 AD so I dont have the option Remote Desktop Services its still terminal services
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