Remote Desktop Group Policies

Windows 8 Remote DesktopWindows 8 Remote Desktop Connection Group Policies

This example focuses on a Group Policy to control what happens when a user attempts to connect to a remote host.

Topics for Windows 8 Remote Desktop Connection

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Remote Desktop Service Group Policies

The particular policy we are interested in is:
Set rules for remote control of Remote Desktop user settings.
Specifically, we want to give the host user the ability to grant or deny access to an incoming user.

  • Launch gpedit.msc (remember the .msc when you search for this utility)
  • Computer Configuration (This setting is also in user configuration)
  • Administrative Templates
  • Windows Components
  • Scroll down to Remote Desktop Services
  • Look in the top folder 'Connections'.  (See below)

Windows 8 Remote Desktop Group Policy

Control Whether the Host Gives PermissionWindows 8 Remote Desktop Group Policy

The situation: a user has logged on locally, but then a remote user tries to connect to this machine. 

Question: do you wish them take over WITHOUT permission, or would you prefer to only let them connect if the user already logged on, gives permission?

One of the policies inside Connections is:
Set rules for remote control of Remote Desktop user settings.

  • Click 'Enabled'
  • Observe 'Options' [Key point]
  • Full Control with user's permission
  • See screenshot to the right.

Note: You can also set this policy in the User Configuration, but I think it's best set here in the Computer side.

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More Interesting and Useful Remote Desktop PoliciesWindows 8 Remote Desktop Group Policies

Window 8 has lots of remote desktop policies.  I suggest we start our search in the 'Remote Desktop Session Host' folder, see screenshot right.

Connections
Deny logoff of an administrator logged in to the console.

Devices and Resource Redirection
Allow audio and video playback

Printer Redirection

Note: This section of Remote Desktop Services group policies are the same on Windows 8 as they were on Windows 7.

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Summary of Windows 8 Remote Desktop Policies

Window 8 has many interesting and useful remote desktop policies. This example focuses on a policy settings to control what happens when a user attempts to connect to a remote console.

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Microsoft Windows 8 Group Policy Topics

Windows 8 Gpedit.msc  • Windows 8 Group Policy Editor  • Windows 8 Group Policy Firewall

Windows 8 Group Policy Preferences  • Windows 8 Remote Desktop Group Policy

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