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Hello!

I have 2003 member server in a windows 2003 domain, and need to configure terminal services.

Could you please precisely tell me what Group Policies and other settings I need to set, so that this would work?

I would like to have a specific Group Policy, and that the user is a member only of that policy, as to simplify things for later.
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by:bbao
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do you mean you need the specific information for configuring Terminal Services with W2K3's Group Policy (e.g to allow only domain users to access the TS), or also for the generation information about how to enable Terminal Services on W2K3?
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by:Jian An Lim
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http://searchvirtualdesktop.techtarget.com/tip/Managing-Terminal-Services-via-Group-Policy
but the best thing is to go through the the group policy settings from microsoft which can be found here
(download the windows server 2003 sp 2 group policy settings)
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=25250
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by:mrmut
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Thanks all, these are fine - but partial. - I configured this out, however the user's can't connect. I think I've done Group Policies well, something else looks like blocking user logon.

Any ideas, or more comprehensive guide?
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by:mrmut
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(It is a terminal server 2003 under a domain, a member server)
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by:Jian An Lim
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can you do a rsop (from the group policy management) on the users to see the effective group policy?

when you say users cant connect, did they see a pop up screen or what is the error message?
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by:Jian An Lim
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have you given user access to RDP ?
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by:Coralon
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They do have to be an administrator on the server to be able to connect?  Without that, you cannot have them RDP into it.

Coralon
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by:mrmut
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rsop works fine, they are in a group that is given privleges. From all I can see, they should be able to connect, but it doesn't work.

If set admins, it works.
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by:Jian An Lim
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can you also add them into remote desktop users group ? (local group)
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by:Coralon
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The Remote Desktop Users group will not work.  Because this is for admin mode, they absolutely must be part of the local administrators group.  

The only way around it is to convert the system to a full TS/RDS host, and reinstall your applications, and this can incur a lot of overhead and will tend to break a lot of "server level" applications.  

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OK, so - how to make it work? :)
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Jian An Lim earned 2000 total points
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the OP says it is  terminal services, I am very sure you don't need admin rights to logon to terminal services


http://blogs.technet.com/b/askperf/archive/2011/09/09/allow-logon-through-terminal-services-group-policy-and-remote-desktop-users-group.aspx
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