Fast Guide

Fast Guide: Hardening Remote Desktop

Remote Desktop allows users to access their work computers from virtually any computer they can get their hands on. With such functionality, however, comes great security risk. Check out this collection of tips, guides and expert advice to see how to properly harden Remote Desktop.

Guide Excerpt

Secure Remote Desktop
With all the emphasis on security for Remote Desktop on Windows XP and Server 2003, here's an easy way to secure Remote Desktop. Read the entire guide for more information on remote control software.


When to choose Remote Desktop over a VPN
Serdar Yegulalp
Before you give remote users protected access on a server, determine if they need it for connectivity or management purposes -- then you will know when to use Remote Desktop or a VPN.

Secure your remote users
Bradley Dinerman
Follow these simple rules to avoid security compromises by home-based employees.

Ask the Experts

Specifying users with Remote Desktop permissions through Group Policy
Roberta Bragg
Is it possible to specify users or groups that have Remote Desktop permissions through Group Policy in AD?

Getting errors with Remote Desktop connection
Roberta Bragg
I'm having a problem connecting to client computers via Remote Desktop. The clients have been upgraded from Windows 2000 Professional to Windows XP Professional. I get "The local policy of this system does not allow you to log on interactively" even though there seems to be no policy preventing interactive logon. Logging in locally to the affected clients presents no problem (I'm able to log on locally), it's only through Remote Desktop that the problem occurs.


Remote user security checklist
Kevin Beaver, CISSP
The security of remote systems has become more critical as growing numbers of distributed workforces are removed from a controlled central network. CISSP Kevin Beaver provides a list of items to lock down on remote systems.

This was first published in April 2006

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