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I have got to audit a server for local group memberships, one thing that stood out was the default "remote users group" had no members? In this case how can admins use mstsc.exe to remote onto the server? Can this type of access be controlled by other means?
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Boyd (HiTechCoach) Trimmell, Microsoft Access MVP earned 500 total points
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What mode is the server running Terminal Services?

 If in administration mode then users in the administrator group  already have remote access privileges. Only members of the administrator group can log on remotely.

If you are running in application mode then you  would assign standard users to "remote users group"  to allow remote log on.
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I assume the top option from what you have said but I will check.
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The mode is not responsible for that behavior.
Please check the following policy: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc758613(v=ws.10).aspx
Allow log on through Terminal Services


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This security setting determines which users or groups have permission to log on as a Terminal Services client.

Default:
• On workstation and servers: Administrators, Remote Desktop Users.


• On domain controllers: Administrators.

That's why.
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