The workings of the two-factor authentication for RDP 2020

With the Windows Server 2020 out, IT teams now have enough reason to be thrilled about. The WS2019 will allow establishments to create and work applications based solely on the cloud, and that too with relative ease. There is an emphasis placed on the software part of the data infrastructure with clear cut admin privileges for both software as well as the hardware side of things. On top of that, to protect it from cyber hacks, multi-layered security features are added on.

The workings of the two-factor authentication for RDP 2020
The workings of the two-factor authentication for RDP 2020

The graphical performance has seen significant improvement with the RDP. Thanks to a solid integration of the Azure cloud, establishments can utilize pre-defined guides for purposes of managing manage and scaling up the infrastructure fast.

There are, however, some drawbacks with the RDP networks, most prominently with the security. To bypass this drawback, numerous organizations utilize the RDP two factor authentication. As such, the drawback is addressed to a greater extent.

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Two-factor authentication for RDP 2019
The Challenges for RDP 2020
Network Security simplified

Two-factor authentication for RDP 2019

User credentials get authorized when a user starts an application through the RDP file. A code is generated and sent to the user as soon as the RD Gateway is linked. Once the code is keyed in, the real linking gets set up.

In order to configure the two-factor authentication, multiple steps need to be performed by the users. For authentication, users have to configure the Azure MFA provider. A subscription for that is a pre-requisite, as is having it installed and configured. As soon as the authentication is deemed successful, the RD Gateway finishes the linking and the connection is completed.

The Challenges for RDP 2020

Even though the features are definitely advanced in the new version, there are serious limitations. Other than the security problem mentioned before, the other major problem is the complex nature of network configuration and management. One has to organize numerous constituents so that the network works well and is set up just right.

Additionally, the configuration of different components is required to balance the load. Another problem that persists is that complete functionality is not provided to those devices that are not running on Windows platforms. Fortunately, we have the Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) to help us out.

Network Security simplified

Organizations that utilize remote devices can solve the problem of compatibility with the Parallels RAS solution. This allows establishments to centrally host resources and provide virtual applications without much trouble. The main reason why organizations gravitate to it is because of the simplicity of its use. With a simple installation process, users can easily set it up within a few minutes. Thanks to the main features configured automatically by default, organizations and users don’t have to meddle with the configurations much.

On top of that, Parallels RAS supports a variety of domains and is compatible with two-factor authentication. It is also fully compatible with all popular browsers which means that you can reduce your management challenges and still get to leverage the current RDP substructure. As such, users running devices other than Windows (like Chromebooks) can still get the complete functionality with Parallels RDP.

All the RDP resources can thus be provided to any device at any point in time while the security features can be handled by the two-factor authentication that can be started as soon as it is installed.

Published by Tommy Droste

, Windows Insider MVP, MCP, MCITP EA and SA, has almost six years technical writing experience. He is now the author of Pupuweb Blog. Before working as a writer, He was a technical support helping people to solve their computer problems. He enjoys providing solutions to computer problems and loves exploring new technologies.