How to enable Remote Desktop on Windows Server 2019

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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  • Thanks to the Remote Desktop Protocol you can easily connect to a remote PC anywhere in the world.
  • The process might seem smooth in theory, but the truth is that many users are experiencing problems. Check out these 3 simple methods to enable RDS in no time.
  • If you're really feeling adventurous, dive into our Remote Desktop Guides.
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Enable Remote Desktop in Windows Server

Remote Desktop Connection is basically a protocol that helps you to connect to another computer that is available at a remote location. It seems like some users are experiencing problems while connecting to Remote Desktop.

One of the users explained the issue on Windows forums:

I’ve been trying to connect to my Windows Server 2016 system through Remote Desktop, and it has just quit working, displaying this error message. Any ideas? Thanks!

Many people may not know the fact that the Remote Desktop is disabled by default in Windows Server. Therefore, in this article, we will explore some of the methods that you can use to enable Remote Desktop.

How do I enable Remote Desktop in Windows Server 2019?

1. Enable Remote Desktop using PowerShell

  1. Navigate to the Start menu and search for Windows PowerShell. Right-click Windows PowerShell and select Run as Administrator.Open Windows PowerShell as administrator windows server how to enable remote desktop
  2. Run the following command in PowerShell:
    Set
    -ItemProperty -Path 'HKLM:\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server' -name "fDenyTSConnections" -value 0
  3. By default, remote desktop connections are blocked by the Windows Firewall. Execute the following command to configure the firewall to allow remote desktop connections.
    Enable-NetFirewallRule -DisplayGroup "Remote Desktop"

If due to some reason you are experiencing any problems, you can use the Server Manager GUI to enable Remote Desktop connections.


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2. Enable Remote Desktop using Server Manager GUI

  1. First, you need to login to the server as a local administrator.
  2. Navigate to the start menu and search for Server Manager. Click Server Manager from the list of search results to open it.
  3. Once the Server Manager window opens, navigate to the left-hand side and click Local Server. The Remote Desktop is disabled by default. Click on the Disable button in front of Remote Desktop.Click Disable local server windows server how to enable remote desktop
  4. Properties setting window will now open on your screen. Click Allow remote connections to this Computer.System properties allow remote connections to this computer windows server how to enable remote desktop
  5. You will see the Remote Desktop firewall exception warning and click the Select Users button to add allowed users.
  6. Now add the Username and hit the Check names button. Finally, click OK to save the changes.
  7. You may need to refresh the view to change the status of Remote Desktop to Enabled.

3. Enable Remote Desktop using Command Prompt

  1. Open Command Prompt from the Start Menu.
    command prompt search results windows server how to enable remote desktop
  2. Once the window opens on your screen, type SystemPropertiesRemote. Press the Enter button to execute the command.
  3. You will now see a System Properties windows on your screen.
  4. Click the Remote tab and select the checkbox available under Remote Assistance.

In this article, we have listed some quick methods that you can use to enable Remote Desktop Connections in Windows Server.

Do let us know in the comments section below if this guide helped you to enable RDC.

FAQ: Learn more about Remote Desktop

  • How does remote desktop services work?

RDS enables you to take control of a remote PC or VM (virtual machine) via a network connection. You will need a RDS license in order to activate Remote desktop connections.

  • What is Remote Desktop license server?

For every remote desktop connection, the licensing server checks if there is a CAL (client access license) authorized to connect to that specific RDS host server.

  • How do I find my RDS licensing server?

Install the RD Licensing Role Service using Server Manager, then click on licmgr.exe. Go to Start > Administrative Tools > Remote Desktop Services > Remote Desktop Licensing Manager.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in August 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in March 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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