How to Enable RDP in Windows Server 2012

Jose Velazquez
by (71posts) under Cloud Hosting
Verified and Tested 03/19/2015


In this how-to we will walk you through on How-To Enable RDP in Windows Server 2012.

Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) is a protocol expanded by Microsoft that allows you to connect and control another computer via an existing network making it a remote connection.


– A Server with Windows Server 2012. If you do not have a server already, you can visit our Cloud Hosting page and spin a new server up in under 30 seconds.


Enable RDP in Windows Server

Open the Server Manager from the taskbar/ Click on Local Server / Locate Remote Desktop under Properties which is currently Disabled and Click on Disabled

Note the Remote desktop status in the right pane.

Local Server


System Properties window will appear. Select Allow remote connections to this computer and its recommended to check the box below.

Select Allow remote connection to this computer.



You can also add specific users in the Select Users tab. By default, the administrator is allowed. You can add other users by clicking Select Users/ Click Add/ insert a username and click OK.

You may chose to only allow certain users to access this server remotely

Remote Desktop Scope


You can now verify that RDP is enabled and you can see that the status went from Disabled to Enabled.

Verify remote desktop is enabled



Congratulations! You have just Enabled RDP in Windows Server 2012. Thank you for following along in this How-To and check back with us for any new updates.

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