How to allow rdp on windows server 2019

Last Updated: Feb 5, 2024 by

Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) is a useful tool for server management, allowing users to access and control a server from a remote location. However, by default, RDP is disabled on Windows Server 2019. In this article, we will discuss how to enable and set up RDP on your Windows Server 2019.

Enabling RDP

Before setting up RDP, you must first enable it on your server. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your server as an administrator.
  2. Open the “Server Manager” by clicking on the icon in the taskbar or by searching for it in the start menu.
  3. In the “Server Manager” window, click on “Local Server” in the left-hand menu.
  4. In the “Properties” section, click on the “Disabled” link next to “Remote Desktop.”
  5. In the “System Properties” window, select the “Allow remote connections to this computer” option.
  6. Click “Apply” and then “OK” to save the changes.

Setting Up RDP

Now that RDP is enabled, you can set it up to allow remote access to your server. Follow these steps:

  1. In the “Server Manager” window, click on “Local Server” in the left-hand menu.
  2. In the “Properties” section, click on the “Disabled” link next to “Remote Desktop.”
  3. In the “System Properties” window, click on the “Select Users” button.
  4. In the “Remote Desktop Users” window, click on “Add.”
  5. In the “Select Users or Groups” window, type in the name of the user you want to grant RDP access to and click “Check Names.”
  6. Once the name is verified, click “OK.”
  7. Click “OK” again to save the changes.

Configuring RDP Settings

There are a few additional settings you can configure for RDP on your Windows Server 2019. These include:

  • Network Level Authentication (NLA): This setting adds an extra layer of security by requiring users to authenticate before establishing a remote connection. To enable NLA, go to the “System Properties” window and check the box next to “Allow connections only from computers running Remote Desktop with Network Level Authentication.”
  • Port Number: By default, RDP uses port 3389. If you want to change this port number for security reasons, you can do so by going to the “System Properties” window and clicking on the “Advanced” tab. Then, click on the “Settings” button under “Remote Desktop.”
  • Firewall Settings: If you have a firewall enabled on your server, you will need to allow RDP through it in order for remote connections to work. You can do this by going to the “Windows Defender Firewall” in the “Control Panel” and clicking on “Allow an app or feature through Windows Defender Firewall.” Then, click on “Change settings” and make sure the box next to “Remote Desktop” is checked.


Enabling and setting up RDP on your Windows Server 2019 is a simple process that can greatly improve your server management capabilities. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can easily allow RDP access and configure it to your specific needs. Now you can remotely access and manage your server with ease.

Have you encountered any issues while setting up RDP on your Windows Server 2019? Let us know in the comments.

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