Using Windows Integrated authentication with RD Web Access

RD Web Access lets users access RemoteApp and Desktop Connection through the Start menu or a web browser:

By default RD Web Access uses Forms authentication, but can you configure it to use Windows Integrated authentication instead? Sure, just open the following web.config file in Notepad:


Then browse the comments in this file and you’ll find instructions on how to do so.

Note however that if you use Windows Integrated authentication then Web Single Sign On (SSO) isn’t supported:

The above tip was previously published in an issue of WServerNews, a weekly newsletter from TechGenix that focuses on the administration, management and security of the Windows Server platform in particular and cloud solutions in general. Subscribe to WServerNews today by going to and join almost 100,000 other IT professionals around the world who read our newsletter!

Mitch Tulloch is an eleven-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award and a widely recognized expert on Windows Server and cloud computing technologies.  Mitch is also Senior Editor of WServerNews. For more information about him see


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