Windows 7 Not Rembering Remote Desktop Credentials for Server 2008 / Server 2008 R2

If you’re like me you use RDP all of the time, You’ve probably got tons of RDP icons with the passwords saved in each one so that you can quickly bounce into all of the servers you are managing. If you’ve upgraded to Windows 7 as your workstation OS, you’ve probably also noticed that those RDP connections are now no longer remembering your passwords for connections that connect to Windows Server 2008 or Server 2008 R2.

Here is how to resolve this problem:

  1. Click on Start, and then in the search bar type: gpedit.msc
  2. Expand Computer Configuration, Expand Administrative Templates, Expand System, Expand Credentials Delegation
  3. Double Click on “Allow Delegating Default Credentials with NTLM-only Server Authentication“. Click the “Show…” button, Enter the following: TERMSRV/*
  4. Click OK, to close the Show Contents Window, Click OK again to close the next window.
  5. Double Click on “Allow Delegating Saved Credentials with NTLM-only Server Authentication“. Click the “Show…” button, Enter the following: TERMSRV/*
  6. Click OK, to close the Show Contents Window, Click OK again to close the next window.
  7. Click on Start, and then in the search bar type: GPUPDATE /FORCE

You’ll now be able to save credentials into RDP connections for Server 2008 / 2008 R2 connections.

16 thoughts on “Windows 7 Not Rembering Remote Desktop Credentials for Server 2008 / Server 2008 R2

  1. james McGinty

    I have over 100 rdp connections with saved credentials which stopped working after I upgraded to Windows 7.0 I trioed this fix but it didn’t work.

    Hlowever changing “Allow Delegating Default Credentials with NTLM-only Server Authentication“. to “Allow Delegating SAVED Credentials with NTLM-only Server Authentication“. did the trick

    Many thanks
    James

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  2. MK++

    Your conclusion is most probably utter non-sense.

    You use Credential Delegation *only* when you need to silently-invoke your SessionManager login-session authenticated-token so as to silently access all resources possible to you as admin *within your own network*

    This is totally different from the problem caused by enabling this GP Security setting:

    [Network access: Do not allow storage of passwords and credentials for network authentication]

    This, as misleading as it is, should mean ONLY SMB-related authentication. But, NO, the lame designer @M$ made it a global SessionManager setting: it affects all credentials even those of RDP connections!

    Your *illusionist* conclusion lost me precious time I could have used for something more useful.

    Thanks, but no thanks.

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    1. Sean LaBrie

      I’m sorry if you did not find this post to be useful, however, this solutions has worked on many Windows 7 computers, and does in fact solve the problem that was set out to be solved.

      Thanks,

      Sean

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  3. Dingo Warrior

    Great article, this is quite helpful.

    I’m trying to find out how to create the above setup for SMB / Samba shares, as I’ve put the login details into Credential Manager, but no joy (asks for password every time.) I’ve also checked that the allowed use of saved credentials option is turned off.

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  4. Sandhya Chakravarthy

    Hi Sean!
    Thanks for the post. I had a similar problem and the solution worked like a charm!!!
    Sandhya

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  5. Eric

    Worked for me! The issue I was having was that I was setting this on the remote computer, so duh, the setting is for the local computer.

    I am RDP’ing from Windows7 to Windows7. After making the about changes just as you have listed, on the “local” computer I was able to get the saved credentials to pass through in the RDP session.

    Awesome!! 🙂

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