Connecting to a Windows 8.1 box from Mac OS X

I have a new Windows 8.1 machine for work and couldn’t work out how to connect to it via the Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection client on Mac OS X. No matter what I did I got the following error:

Verify Identity of Computer

When trying to work out the reason for this I stumbled across a link to this page with the solution deeply embedded in another page.

Here’s my summary:

On your Windows 8.1 box:

  1. Open the Management Console (mmc.exe)
  2. Add a Snap-In (File Menu) and choose ‘Group Policy Object Editor’ and then ‘Local Computer’ on the subsequent screen
  3. Navigate using the tree to:
    • Computer Configuration
      • Administrative Templates
        • Windows Components
          • Remote Desktop Services
            • Remote Desktop Session Host
              • Security
  4. Change the following two settings from their default:
    1. ‘Require use of specific for remote desktop (RDP) connections’ from ‘Default’ to ‘Enabled’, then select ‘RDP’ in the options pane
    2. ‘Require user authentication for remote connections by using Network Level Authentications’ to ‘Disabled’
  5. Restart the ‘Remote Desktop Service’ or restart the Windows 8.1 machine

I hope this helps you should you come across this problem yourself.

Author: Alister Scott

Alister is an Excellence Wrangler for Automattic.