RDP authentication using Certificates only


New Member
I have two computers - one configured with Windows Server and the other with a Linux distribution.
It's easily doable to start a RDP connection from the Linux client, using the Windows Server user credentials.
What I need is to authenticate from linux using certificates, public/private keys. As in, if everything is configured properly, I can open the connection and the RDP session will start as long as my key is at the Server. Just like it's possible with SSH CA.
How do I do this?


Principal Cybersecurity Architect
Staff member
It might be possible if you also install the NPS server role at which point you can setup certificate authentication. Then again it still may not work since RDP doesn't support certificate authentication.