Remote Logon to a Windows 10 System in a Domain

When I attempted to log in remotely to a Windows 10 system that is a member of a Server 2012 Windows domain using a domain account, I saw the message "The connection was denied because the user account is not authorized for remote login."

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User account is not
authorized for remote login

To resolve the problem, I logged into the system remotely from the domain administrator account, since that account was granted remote logon privilege by default. I was then able to take the following steps on the Windows 10 system to grant remote logon access to the system for other domain accounts.

  1. Right-click on the Windows Start button.
  2. Select Control Panel.
  3. Click on System and Security.
  4. Click on Administrative Tools.
  5. Double-click on Computer Management.
  6. Under Local Users and Group, double-click on Remote Desktop Users in the right pane of the window.

    Groups - Remote Desktop Users

  7. Click on the Add button to add the account or accounts to which you wish to grant remote login access.

    Remote Desktop Users

  8. In the "Select Users, Computers, Service Accounts, or Groups" window, type the names of the accounts to which you wish to grant remote logon access. If you are granting access to more than one account, separate the account names with a semicolon.

    Select Users, Computers, Service Accounts,
or Groups

  9. Click on the Check Names button to check the validity of the account names you typed and, if they are judged valid, click on the OK button.
  10. Click on the OK button again at the Remote Desktop Users Properties window.

You should now be able to log into the system remotely with the accounts you added to the Remote Desktop Users group by running mstsc /v system_name at a command prompt or by using the Remote Desktop Connection GUI application.


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