We had a bit of a puzzle with setting Windows 8 up on a couple of SBS 2011 networks. It was a puzzle because on the SBS 2008 network where we configured a Windows 8 VM we had no RDP issues once we force enabled RDP inbound via GPO.
But, on SBS 2011 networks we have had no success at it.
There is a new predefined Inbound rule on the Win8 VM:
- Remote Desktop – User Mode (TCP-In)
- Programs and Services: %SystemRoot%\system32\svchost.exe
- Protocols and Ports: TCP #6 at port 3389
In our SBS 2011 GPO for managing our clients and servers we have:
No such thing.
So, we go on to create it:
- Add the program path:
- Description: Inbound rule for the Remote Desktop service to allow RDP traffic. (TCP 3389).
Once the policy takes the rule will show up:
When we bring up the properties of the GPO delivered rule:
We are now able to RDP into the Windows 8 desktop OS. We have yet to stand up a Windows 8 Server however it is likely that RDP on the server OS will require the same rule.
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book