Connecting to Windows 2000:
Windows 2000 (Workstation and Server) doesn't allow you to automatically log on through a terminal session. This is an OS limitation. Automatic logon only works with Windows 2003/XP or later.
Server-side RDP settings can prevent automatic logon:
On the remote server (the one you want to connect to), open up the
Terminal Services Configuration MMC
(Windows 2003/2008) or
Remote Desktop Session Host Configuration MMC
(Windows 2008R2) from the Administrative Tools. Right-click on the
. Switch to the
Log on Settings
tab and ensure that the checkbox
Always prompt for password
is not checked.
Note: The configuration UI was discontinued by Microsoft and is not available anymore on OS Versions Windows 2012 or higher!
Server-side RDP settings using Group Policies:
The setting above can also be set and enforced by group policies.
Windows 2003(R2): https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc786890(WS.10).aspx
Windows 2008: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc753697(WS.10).aspx
Windows 2008R2 or later: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee791928(WS.10).aspx
DontDisplayLastUserName is configured:
If your server is configured to not show the last user name, automatic logon may not work. See http://support.microsoft.com/kb/260711
To remove this setting on the Terminal Server:
- Start Registry Editor (Regedt32.exe).
- Locate and click the following registry key:
- Click the DontDisplayLastUserName value, and then click String on the Edit menu.
- Type 0 in the String Editor dialog box, and then click OK.
- Quit Registry Editor, and then restart the Terminal Server.
If you need a workaround and want the last user to not show up but still want to use automatic logon you can try the following:
The same key at:
clears up the login username's field with a normal user, but not RDP's fields. So RDP Auto-Logon should work.