Remote Desktop Services required for domain login? (Hyper-V VM Server and Client)

Christian Antfeld 1 Reputation point

After creating an AD DC in Server 2019, a Windows 10 client, and joining the client to the domain, a message stating the user needs to be in the Remote Desktop Services group or otherwise have rights to sign in remotely. Both of these machines are VMs with Hyper-V as the hypervisor. I have added the user as a member of the Remote Desktop Users group and nothing changed.

The strange thing is, I've done this on another host computer and I've never received this message before. I've also removed all of the VMs and recreated them to see if I did something along the way that caused this change but found nothing in the rebuild process.

I don't want to have to set up RDS on the DC if I can avoid this through another simpler fix.


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  1. Anonymous

    What is the user logging on to? domain controller or 10 client? Where did you add? Sounds like you'll need to add user on the 10 client local group policy.

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  2. Maxim Fomin 1 Reputation point

    Instead of adding your domain user to a domain located "Remote Desktop Users", use GPO that applies to your workstation and adds your domain users or groups into local "Remote Desktop Users" group.

    Computer configuration=>Preferences=>Control Panel Settings=>Local Users and Groups=>right-click New=>Local Group
    Then Action:Update
    Group Name: Remote Desktop Users (built-in)
    Members: <add here whoever you want to login>

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