FIX: To sign in remotely, you need the right to sign in through Remote Desktop Services – Server 2016 (Solved)

Last updated on October 10th, 2018

This tutorial contains instructions to fix the error "To sign in remotely, you need the right to sign in through Remote Desktop Services", when trying to connect from Windows Remote Desktop (RDP) Client machines on a Windows Server 2016 which is running Remote Desktop Services.

To sign in remotely, you need the right to sign in through Remote Desktop Services

 

Problem in details: Remote Desktop Client users cannot connect remotely (through RDP) to Terminal Server 2016 and receive the error: “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 does not have the right, or if the right has been removed from the Administrators group, you need to be granted the right manually.”

How to FIX: To sign in remotely, you need the right to sign in through Remote Desktop Services.

To resolve the "To sign in remotely, you need the right to sign in through Remote Desktop Services" apply the following actions on Remote Desktop Services (RDS) Server 2016 :

Step 1. Add Remote Desktop Users to the Remote Desktop Users Group.

1. Open Server Manager.
2. From Tools menu, select Active Directory Users and Computers.

active directory users and computers

 

3. Double click at your domain on the left and then select Builtin.
4.
Open Remote Desktop Users on the right pane.

add remote desktop users server 2016

 

5. At Members tab, click Add.

 

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6. Type the AD users that you want to give Remote access to the RDS Server and click OK.

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7. After selecting the remote desktop users, click OK again to close the window.

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8. Continue to step-2 below.

 

Step 2. Allow the log on through remote desktop Services.

1. Open Group Policy Editor. To do that:

1. Simultaneously press the Windows image + R keys to open run command box.
2. Type gpedit.msc and press Enter.

gpedit.msc

 

2. In Group Policy Editor navigate to: Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Local Policies > User Rights Assignment.

3. At the right Pane: double click at Allow log on through Remote Desktop Services.

Allow log on through Remote Desktop Services

 

4. Click Add User or Group.

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5. Type remote and then click Check Names.

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6. Select the Remote Desktop Users and click OK.

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7. Click OK at 'Select users, computers…' window.

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8. Finally click OK again and close Group Policy Editor.

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9. Now try to connect from the remote desktop client. The remote sign-in problem should solved now. *

* Note: If you still have sign in problems then restart the RDS server or just open command prompt as administrator and type the following command to apply the new group policy settings (without restart) :

  • gpupdate /force

gpupdate /force

 

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