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Cannot RDP into Server 2008 server with domain admin account

Posted on 2014-07-23
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Hello,
I am running a VM of server 2008 but unable to login via RDP with my user account. My user account is a member of the Remote Desktop users group, and also a member of domain admins group. However, over RDP, it just keeps asking me for a password over and over again as if I'm authenticating with incorrect credentials. When I am logging into the machine from Vsphere locally, it allows me through with no issues when logging into the domain.

I have not had this happen to me before and puzzled as to what I'm missing.  Any ideas?

Thanks,
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by:Keith Langmead
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Go into the Local Security Policy on that machine, and drill down to Local Policies, User Rights Assignment, and then ensure that Remote Desktop Users group is listed in "Allow log on through Remote Desktop Services", and isn't listed in the accompanying Deny rule further down.
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by:smckeown777
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Are you supplying the username in the 'domain\username' format? Are you getting as far as the dialog which shows the login screen?
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by:kjs00333
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Since this is happening to all servers in this domain, is it possible to implement a GPO to handle this? If so, where would that setting be located?
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by:kjs00333
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Forgot to add this is a Windows 2008 domain / forest.  When I add a 2008 server into a Windows 2k3 domain, I do not experience these issues.
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I was able to resolve. Apparently the 2 member servers in my domain were created from a VM Template which contained the same SID as the domain controller. I really don't understand how this happened since I syspreped the VMs before turning it into a template.

When you deploy the template I made, you are greeted with the OOBE setup for Windows 2008..  So I am really not sure why this is happening, but re-syspreping the box corrected the domain login issue.  I was able to locate this by combing through the security logs and saw an error leading to a SID issue.

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Security logs pointed me to the correct location on how to fix this issue.
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