Recently, I was unable to RDP on a Win 2012 R2 machine. I could directly log in to the machine, but the same credentials were failing for Remote Desktop Connection. The following error was thrown:
To sign in remotely, you need the right to sign in through Remote Desktop Services. By default, members of the Administrators group have this right. If the group you're in doesn't have this right, or if the right has been removed from the Administrators group, you need to be granted this right manually.
First thing, I added the user to the Remote Desktop Users group.
Still, same error. 😐
Following are the steps to fix this issue:-
- Run gpedit.msc.
- Go to Computer Configuration -> Windows Settings -> Security Settings -> Local Policies -> User Rights Assignment -> Allow log on through Remote Desktop Services (on the right pane).
- Add the group, Remote Desktop Users to it. Remember, I had already added my user to this group. Now I am only specifying that apart from the Administrators, users of this group are also allowed to connect remotely.
- Done. I could now remote log-in using this new user account. 🙂