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How To Use Group Policy to Configure Automatic Logon in Windows Server 2003 Terminal Services

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This step-by-step article describes how to use Group Policy to configure automatic logon in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Terminal Services.

When you use Remote Desktop Connection to connect to a Windows Server 2003-based computer running Terminal Services, you can provide your logon information before you make the connection. In this way, you automatically pass these credentials to the server.

You specify your user name, password, and logon domain on the General tab in the Remote Desktop Connection dialog box (in the Remote Desktop Connection client window, click Options, and then click the General tab). When you click Connect, the logon information that you typed becomes the default setting for all Remote Desktop connections and is saved in the Default.rdp file.

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How to Use Group Policy to Configure Automatic Logon in Windows Server 2003 Terminal Services

To fully implement an automatic logon in which the user is not prompted to supply a password upon connection, the Always prompt client for password upon connection policy setting must be turned off on the server. By doing so, users can automatically log on to Terminal Services by supplying their passwords in the Remote Desktop Connection client.
  1. Click Start, click Run, type mmc in the Open box, and then click OK.
  2. On the File menu, click Add/Remove Snap-in.
  3. Click Add.
  4. Click Group Policy Object Editor, and then click Add.
  5. Click the target Group Policy object (GPO). The default GPO is Local Computer. Click Browse to select the GPO that you want, and then click Finish.
  6. Click Close, and then click OK.
  7. Expand the Group Policy object, expand Computer Configuration, expand Administrative Templates, expand Windows Components, expand Terminal Services, and then click Encryption and Security.
  8. In the right pane, double-click Always prompt client for password upon connection.
  9. Click Disabled.
  10. Click OK, and then quit the Group Policy Object Editor snap-in.
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