Wednesday, February 27, 2013

RDP connection to Remote Desktop server running Windows Server 2008 R2 may fail with message 'The Local Security Authority cannot be contacted'

Remote Desktop in Windows Server 2008 R2 offers three types of secure connections:

Negotiate: This security method uses TLS 1.0 to authenticate the server if TLS is supported. If TLS is not supported, the server is not authenticated.

RDP Security Layer: This security method uses Remote Desktop Protocol encryption to help secure communications between the client computer and the server. If you select this setting, the server is not authenticated.

SSL: This security method requires TLS 1.0 to authenticate the server. If TLS is not supported, you cannot establish a connection to the server. This method is only available if you select a valid certificate.

To resolve the issue, change the remote desktop security on the RD server to RDP Security Layer to allow a secure connection using Remote Desktop Protocol encryption. Below are the steps:

1. Navigate to Start > Administrative Tools > Remote Desktop Services > Remote Desktop Session Host Configuration.

2. With RD Session Host Configuration selected view under Connections.

3. Right click RDP Listener with connection type Microsoft RDP 6.1 and choose Properties.

4. In general tab of properties dialog box under Security, select RDP Security Layer as the Security Layer.

5. Click OK.

Note: This setting does not need a restart of the Server or Remote Desktop Service.

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