Terminal Services users

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Terminal Services users

Each user who logs on to a terminal server must have a user account either on the server or in a domain on the network that the terminal server is on. The Terminal Services user account contains additional information about the user that determines when users log on, under what conditions, and how specific desktop settings are stored. Windows ServerĀ 2003 family operating systems contain a built-in User group called Remote Desktop Users, which has been specifically created to manage Terminal Server users.

For more information about the Remote Desktop Users group and for managing users with Group Policies, see Managing Terminal Services users.

In addition to the Terminal Services Group Policies, User accounts can be set up and managed for a specific computer using Local Users and Groups or for a domain of computers using Active Directory Users and Computers.


  • User settings set with Local Users and Groups and with Active Directory Users and Computers are overridden by Group Policy settings at both the computer and user level. For more information, see Terminal Services Configuration Overview.

The following topics describe the Terminal Services Extension tabs that appear in the Properties dialog box for a user: