How To Enable RDP On Server 2012?

Enable Remote Desktop Protocol

In this tutorial article, we will tell you how to enable RDP on server 2012. This article will help you easily configure your remote access using the server manager.

Read the full article if you want to successfully enable RDP on server 2012.


There are some basic but logical requirements to install RDP on a windows server.

  • A server with windows 2012
  • Verify the RDS (Remort Desktop Services) on your Windows server 2012.
  • Keep in mind that the default port for Remote Desktop Services is open.

The Softwares You Need To Install RDP

Let us know about the most crucial software that you need to install RDP.

  • .NET Framework 4.6
  • Windows Management Framework 5.0

Features of Windows Server 2012

Read the most significant features of Windows server 2012. 

  • Windows Clustering 
  • User Access Logging
  • Windows Remote management
  • Windows Management Infrastructure 
  • Windows Management Infrastructure
  • Data Deduplication
  • NFS Provider
  • Remote Desktop Services

Enable RDP On Server 2012 Using Server Manager

Follow these steps to enable remote desktop access using Server Manager.

  • Login to RDP as a local administrator and open Server Manager from the desktop Taskbar.
RDP Settings


  • Click on Local Server.
Server Manager
  • Wait for a few seconds for the local server to update in the right pane. In the Properties section, you should see the status of Remote Desktop, which is disabled.
  • Click to Enabled
  • Systems properties dialogue will pup up on the Remote tab. 
  • Select Allow remote connections to this computer and click OK.

What is IAS On Windows Server?

Mircosoft IAS stands for Internet Authentication Service.

If you need centralized user authorization, authentication, and accounting in your Windows Server, for all these services you need to install IAS.

How to Install IAS on RDP Server

In this heading, I will tell you how to install Microsoft IAS ( Internet Authentication Service ).

  • Open Start, search Control Panel, click Add or Remove Programs then click Add/Remove Windows Components.
  • When a pop-up box appears click *Network Services* then click Details.
  • Now select Internet Authentication Service then click OK.
  • Click Next then click finish.


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  • Thanks for sharing this quick guide on how to enable RDP on Server 2012; Install IAS on RDP Server.

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