Setting Up Authentication

When RDA is enabled, any user accounts that are members of the Administrators built-in group on the server will be allowed to establish a remote session. However, other accounts must be explicitly approved for access. There are two different ways this can be accomplished. The first is to simply add any accounts that require access to the Remote Desktop Users group on the server. To grant a user access using this method, perform the following steps:

1. Open Computer Management and expand the Systems Tools, Local Users and Groups, and Groups nodes in the console tree on the left side of the utility.

2. Right-click the Remote Desktop Users group.

3. Select Add to Group from the context menu, and then click the Add button.

4. Type (or search for and select) the account name of the user to whom you wish to grant access.

5. Click the OK button.

The second, simpler way to access the Remote Desktop Users group and grant access is to use an option provided in the Remote tab in the System properties located in Control Panel. To use this method, perform the following steps:

1. In the Remote Desktop section of the Remote tab, click the Select Remote Users button.

2. In the Remote Desktop Users dialog box that appears, click the Add button.

3. Type (or search for and select) the account name of the user requiring access. (See Chapter 4, Managing User, Group, and Computer Accounts, if you need additional information on group management and how to add users to groups in Windows Server 2003).

4. Click the OK button.

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