Ensure 'Require user authentication for remote connections by using Network Level Authentication' is set to 'Enabled'


This policy setting allows you to specify whether to require user authentication for remote connections to the RD Session Host server by using Network Level Authentication.

The recommended state for this setting is: Enabled.


Requiring that user authentication occur earlier in the remote connection process enhances security.


To establish the recommended configuration via GP, set the following UI path to Enabled:

Computer Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Remote Desktop Services\Remote Desktop Session Host\Security\Require user authentication for remote connections by using Network Level Authentication

Note: This Group Policy path is provided by the Group Policy template TerminalServer.admx/adml that is included with all versions of the Microsoft Windows Administrative Templates.
Note #2: In the Microsoft Windows Vista Administrative Templates, this setting was initially named Require user authentication using RDP 6.0 for remote connections, but it was renamed starting with the Windows Server 2008 (non-R2) Administrative Templates.


Only client computers that support Network Level Authentication can connect to the RD Session Host server.

Note: Some third party two-factor authentication solutions (e.g. RSA Authentication Agent) can be negatively affected by this setting, as Network Level Authentication will expect the user's Windows password, and once successfully authenticated, pass the credential along to the Windows session on the RDP host (to complete the login). If a two-factor agent is present and expecting a different credential at the RDP logon screen, this initial connection may result in a failed logon attempt.

Default Value:

Windows 7 and older: Disabled.

Windows 8.0 and newer: Enabled.

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References: 800-53|AC-17(2)

Plugin: Windows

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