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Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 encryption for Remote Desktop

What are best practices for encryption of a Remote Desktop session on Windows XP and Windows Server 2003?
By default, your Remote Desktop sessions are encrypted at the highest level possible, which should be 128-bit in your setup. If you want to ensure this setting is being enforced, set the Group Policy Set client connection encryption level setting. Check out Microsoft's overview of the Windows XP Professional resource kit here.

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This was first published in April 2007

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