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Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) ​for RD Web


The user initiates a login attempt to the Remote Desktop Service either through a Remote Desktop Client or via the Remote Desktop Web Access (RD Web) login page from his/her browser, after which a RADIUS request is sent from the miniOrange RD Web component installed on the target machine to the miniOrange RADIUS server, which authenticates the user via Local AD, and after a successful authentication, 2-factor authentication of the user is invoked. After the user validates himself/herself, he/she is granted access to the Remote Desktop Service.

How it Works?

  1. In this case, the user goes to Remote Desktop Web Access (RD Web) login page from his browser to connect to the Remote Desktop Service.He enters his username and password, and on submission, the RADIUS request from RD Web component installed on target machine is sent to the miniOrange RADIUS server which authenticates the user via local AD in the target machine.
  2. Once authenticated, it sends a RADIUS challenge to Remote Desktop Web Access (RD Web), and the RD Web shows OTP screen on browser now. Once the user enters the One Time Passcode, the miniorange IdP verifies it and grants/denies access to the RDS.
  3. With this, after the user is connected to the Remote Desktop Service, the user can also gain access to published remote app icons on his browser screen, since the session has already been created for the user.

two-factor authentication for RD Web | RD Web 2fa

​Integrate hassle-free MFA for login to stop password-based attacks. IT gets added security, and users get easy access to the apps and endpoints they need — with just their domain credentials. Always verify identities before allowing access to endpoints for increased identity assurance and reduced risk and exposure. miniOrange Credential Providers can be installed on Microsoft Windows client and server operating systems to add two-factor Authentication to Remote Desktop.

miniOrange supports following Authentication Methods for 2FA-

  1. miniOrange Push (miniOrange Authenticator App)
  2. miniOrange Soft Token (miniOrange Authenticator App)
  3. Google Authenticator
  4. OTP Over SMS/EMAIL
  5. Hardware Token

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Follow the Step-by-Step Guide given below to configure 2FA for RD Web

1. Download 2FA for RD Web Module

  • Login into miniOrange Admin Console.
  • Go to Apps >> Manage Apps.
  • RD Web 2FA/MFA manage apps

  • Click on Add Applicaton button.
  • RD Web 2FA/MFA add app

  • In Choose Application Type click on Create App button in RADIUS application type.
  • RD Web 2FA/MFA add desktop app

  • Click on Microsoft RD Web.
  • RD Web 2FA/MFA RD Web app

  • Click on download the 2FA Module link to download the module.
  • RD Web 2FA/MFA download module

2. Setup miniOrange Remote Desktop Web Access (RD Web)

  • Install the Remote Desktop Web Access (RD Web) module. Unzip the module anywhere on your pc. C:/ for example.
  • Take a backup copy of your C:/Windows/Web/RdWeb folder.
  • Then open the RD Web module provided by us. Execute install.bat file. Once it is installed.
  • Go to IIS Manager, Open Default Site -> RD Web -> Pages.
  • RD Web 2FA/MFA IIS Manager

  • Open application settings, Change Radius Server IP and secret of IDP. Once that is configured.
  • RD Web 2FA/MFA Application Setting

3. Configure ​Two-Factor Authentication(2FA) for RD Web

  • To enable 2FA/MFA for RD Web endusers, go to 2-Factor Authentication >> 2FA for end users.
  • Select default Two-Factor authentication method for end users. You can select particular 2FA methods, which you want to show on the end users dashboard.
  • Once Done with the settings, click on Save to configure your 2FA settings.
  • MFA/Two-Factor Authentication(2FA) for RD Web  Configure 2FA Panel

  • Login into your End-User Dashboard using end user login URL.
  • For Cloud Version: The Login URL for end users will be available after setting up Organisation name.
  • (You can follow these steps and use the login URL present in the Branding section.)

    MFA/Two-Factor Authentication(2FA) for RD Web Cloud and On-Premise end-users Login URL

  • For On-Premise version: The Login URL will be the same as of Admin Login URL.
  • Select Configure 2FA from left panel.
  • Browse through the Second factor options and choose an appropriate method to be used by the particular End-User during login.
  • For now, we have selected the "OTP OVER SMS"as our 2FA method. You can explore the guide to setup other 2FA methods here.
  • Click on Configure/Reconfigure "OTP OVER SMS".
  • MFA/Two-Factor Authentication(2FA) for RD Web  Configure 2FA Panel

  • Enter you Phone Number along with the necessary country code and click on the SAVE below.
  • MFA/Two-Factor Authentication(2FA) for RD Web  Configure Second Factor-SMS(Enter Mobile Number)

  • After the Phone details are saved successfully, click on the Save button on the top bar to set this as your 2FA method.
  • Currently used method is represented by green color.
  • MFA/Two-Factor Authentication(2FA) for RD Web  Configure Second Factor-SMS(Enter Mobile Number)

  • To use a particular method of 2FA, we configure that method first and then select the method and click on SAVE.
  • Admin can change the second factor of the End user from the User List.
  • MFA/Two-Factor Authentication(2FA) for RD Web: User list in miniOrange

  • Under Action Click on Select and then select Reset Second Factor.
  • MFA/2FA Two-Factor authentication for RD Web: User list(Reset second factor)

4. Test Your Setup

  • To test your setup, log into Remote Desktop Web Access with your username and password.
  • two-factor authentication for Remote Desktop Web Access (RD Web) | RD Web 2FA

  • Enter the second factor (in this case OTP token). Then click on Submit.
  • two-factor authentication for Remote Desktop Web Access (RD Web) OTP

  • You will be successfully logged-in.
  • two-factor authentication for Remote Desktop Web Access (RD Web) Login Success

5. Configure Your User Directory (Optional)

miniOrange provides user authentication from various external sources, which can be Directories (like ADFS, Microsoft Active Directory, Azure AD, OpenLDAP, Google, AWS Cognito etc), Identity Providers (like Okta, Shibboleth, Ping, OneLogin, KeyCloak), Databases (like MySQL, Maria DB, PostgreSQL) and many more. You can configure your existing directory/user store or add users in miniOrange.



  • To add your users in miniOrange there are 2 ways:
  • 1. Create User in miniOrange

    • Click on Users >> Add User.
    • Remote Desktop Web Access (RD Web) VPN 2FA : Add user in miniOrange

    • Here, fill the user details without the password and then click on the Create User button.
    • Remote Desktop Web Access (RD Web) MFA: Add user details

    • After successful user creation a notification message "An end user is added successfully" will be displayed at the top of the dashboard.
    • Remote Desktop Web Access (RD Web) Two-Factor Authentication: Add user details

    • Click on On Boarding Status tab. Check the email, with the registered e-mail id and select action Send Activation Mail with Password Reset Link from Select Action dropdown list and then click on Apply button.
    • Remote Desktop Web Access (RD Web) 2FA: Select email action

    • Now, Open your email id. Open the mail you get from miniOrange and then click on the link to set your account password.
    • On the next screen, enter the password and confirm password and then click on the Single Sign-On (SSO) reset password button.
    • Remote Desktop Web Access (RD Web) Multi-Factor Authentication: Reset user password
    • Now, you can log in into miniOrange account by entering your credentials.

    2. Bulk Upload Users in miniOrange via Uploading CSV File.

    • Navigate to Users >> User List. Click on Add User button.
    • Remote Desktop Web Access (RD Web) 2FA: Add users via bulk upload

    • In Bulk User Registration Download sample csv format from our console and edit this csv file according to the instructions.
    • Remote Desktop Web Access (RD Web) Two-Factor authentication: Download sample csv file

    • To bulk upload users, choose the file make sure it is in comma separated .csv file format then click on Upload.
    • Remote Desktop Web Access (RD Web) 2FA : Bulk upload user

    • After uploading the csv file successfully, you will see a success message with a link.
    • Click on that link you will see list of users to send activation mail. Select users to send activation mail and click on Send Activation Mail. An activation mail will be sent to the selected users.
  • Click on User Stores >> Add User Store in the left menu of the dashboard.
  • Remote Desktop Web Access (RD Web) 2FA: Configure User Store

  • Select User Store type as AD/LDAP.
  • Remote Desktop Web Access (RD Web) 2FA: Select AD/LDAP as user store

    1. STORE LDAP CONFIGURATION IN MINIORANGE: Choose this option if you want to keep your configuration in miniOrange. If active directory is behind a firewall, you will need to open the firewall to allow incoming requests to your AD.
    2. STORE LDAP CONFIGURATION ON PREMISE: Choose this option if you want to keep your configuration in your premise and only allow access to AD inside premises. You will have to download and install miniOrange gateway in your premise.
    3. Remote Desktop Web Access (RD Web) Two-Factor Authentication : Select ad/ldap user store type

  • Enter LDAP Display Name and LDAP Identifier name.
  • Select Directory Type as Active Directory.
  • Enter the LDAP Server URL or IP Address against LDAP Server URL field.
  • Click on Test Connection button to verify if you have made a successful connection with your LDAP server.
  • Remote Desktop Web Access (RD Web) MFA/2FA: Configure LDAP server URL Connection

  • In Active Directory, go to the properties of user containers/OU's and search for Distinguished Name attribute.
  • Remote Desktop Web Access (RD Web) MFA: Configure user bind account domain name

  • Enter the valid Bind account Password.
  • Click on Test Bind Account Credentials button to verify your LDAP Bind credentials for LDAP connection.
  • Remote Desktop Web Access (RD Web) MFA: Check bind account credentials

  • Search Base is the location in the directory where the search for a user begins. You will get this from the same place you got your Distinguished name.
  • Remote Desktop Web Access (RD Web) 2FA : Configure user search base

  • Select a suitable Search filter from the drop down menu. To use custom Search Filter select "Custom Search Filter" option and customize it accordingly.
  • Remote Desktop Web Access (RD Web) MFA/2FA : Select user search filter

  • You can also configure following options while setting up AD. Enable Activate LDAP in order to authenticate users from AD/LDAP. Click on the Save button to add user store.
  • Remote Desktop Web Access (RD Web) MFA : Activate LDAP options

    Here's the list of the attributes and what it does when we enable it. You can enable/disable accordingly.

    Attribute Description
    Activate LDAP All user authentications will be done with LDAP credentials if you Activate it
    Sync users in miniOrange Users will be created in miniOrange after authentication with LDAP
    Backup Authentication If LDAP credentials fail then user will be authenticated through miniOrange
    Allow users to change password This allows your users to change their password. It updates the new credentials in your LDAP server
    Enable administrator login On enabling this, your miniOrange Administrator login authenticates using your LDAP server
    Show IdP to users If you enable this option, this IdP will be visible to users
    Send Configured Attributes If you enable this option, then only the attributes configured below will be sent in attributes at the time of login

  • Click on Save. After this, it will show you the list of User stores. Click on Test Configuration to check whether you have enter valid details. For that, it will ask for username and password.
  • Remote Desktop Web Access (RD Web) 2FA: Test AD/Ldap connection

  • On Successful connection with LDAP Server, a success message is shown.
  • Click on Test Attribute Mapping.
  • Remote Desktop Web Access (RD Web) LDAP successful connection

  • Enter a valid Username. Then, click on Test. Mapped Attributes corresponding to the user are fetched.
  • Remote Desktop Web Access (RD Web) MFA: Fetch mapped attributes for user

  • After successful Attribute Mapping Configuration, go back to the ldap configuration and enable Activate LDAP in order to authenticate users from AD/LDAP.
  • Refer our guide to setup LDAPS on windows server.

User Import and Provisioning from AD

  • Go to Settings in the Customer Admin Account.
  • MFA/Two-Factor Authentication(2FA) for RD Web  miniOrange dashboard

  • Enable the "Enable User Auto Registration" option and click Save.
  • MFA/Two-Factor Authentication(2FA) for RD Web  Enable User Auto Registration

  • (Optional) To send a welcome email to all the end users that will be imported, enable the "Enable sending Welcome Emails after user registration" option and click Save.
  • MFA/Two-Factor Authentication(2FA) for RD Web  Enable sending Welcome Emails after user registration

  • From the Left-Side menu of the dashboard select Provisioning.
  • MFA/Two-Factor Authentication(2FA) for RD Web  User Sync/Provisioning

  • In Setup Provisioning tab select Active Directory in the Select Application Drop Down.
  • Toggle the Import Users tab, click on Save button.
  • MFA/Two-Factor Authentication(2FA) for RD Web  User Sync Active Directory Configuration

  • On the same section, switch to Import Users section.
  • Select Active Directory from the dropdown and click on the Import Users tab, to import all the users from Active Directory to miniOrange.
  • MFA/Two-Factor Authentication(2FA) for RD Web  User Sync Import Operation

  • You can view all the Users you have imports by selecting Users >> User List from Left Panel.
  • MFA/Two-Factor Authentication(2FA) for RD Web  User List

  • All the imported users will be auto registered.
  • These groups will be helpful in adding multiple 2FA policies on the applications.

miniOrange integrates with various external user sources such as directories, identity providers, and etc.

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6. Creating User Groups(Recommended)

  • Select Groups >> Manage Groups from left panel.
  • Two Factor Authentication(/MFA) for RD Web create group

  • Click on the Create Group button on the top.
  • Enter windowsMFA as Group Name and click on Create Group.
  • Two Factor Authentication(2FA/MFA) for RD Web create group name

  • Assign various members to the group using the Assign User option associated with the group in the groups list.
  • Two Factor Authentication(2FA/MFA) for RD Web assign group

  • Select the Users that are required to be assigned to this group. Then Select Assign to Group in Select Action Dropdown. Then click Apply.
  • Two Factor Authentication(2FA/MFA) for RD Web assign users group

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