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Remote Desktop Services (RDS) Two-Factor / Multi-Factor Authentication (2FA/MFA)

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Why Enable Two-Factor / Multi-Factor Authentication (2FA/MFA) for Remote Desktop Services (RDS)?

In today's digital landscape where securing remote access to critical systems is non-negotiable, Remote Desktop Services (RDS) prove to be a valuable tool for organizations because it enables your users to secure remote access to desktops and applications. However, ensuring the security of Remote Desktop connections is paramount. This is where Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) or Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) comes into play as an indispensable security measure.

In this article, we'll explore the compelling reasons why enabling 2FA/MFA for Remote Desktop Services like RD Gateway, RD Web Access, RD HTML5 Web Client and RDP is highly essential. 2FA/MFA significantly elevates the security of Remote Desktop Access, from strengthening user authentication to safeguarding sensitive data, while also enhancing user experience.

It is very important to have second-factor authentication. miniOrange provides an easy-to-setup Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) or Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) solution for your Virtual Desktop and Remote Desktop Services (RDS). After entering your username and password as the first factor for the Remote Desktop Services (RDS) MFA, you will have to enter the second factor, which will authenticate you to use your machine virtually.

miniOrange MFA provides 15+ 2FA/MFA methods like OTP over SMS/Email, Google/Microsoft/miniOrange Authenticator, Hardware tokens, and many more. Let's delve into why Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is a game-changer for organizations seeking a robust defense against evolving cyber threats like unauthorized access and data breaches.

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miniOrange MFA can secure all Remote Desktop Services (RDS) -

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) methods supported by miniOrange

SMS & Phone Callback

Receive a text on your mobile with the information required to validate yourself for the second factor.

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MFA Method - SMS OTP and Email OTP

Authenticator Apps

Receive a time based OTP token (TOTP) by an external authentication app such as Google, Microsoft and Authy authenticator.

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Google, Microsoft Authenticator based MFA

miniOrange Authenticator

Use the miniOrange authenticator to login in the form of a soft token, push notification or QR code.

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miniOrange Authenticator for MFA Security

Email Verification

MFA using login links and password keys on your registered email address.

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MFA Method - Email Links & Password

Hardware Token

Use a physical USB token on your computer, which generates the required information to gain access.

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Additional security of Hardware Tokens

Security Questions

Answer a few knowledge based security questions which are only known to you to authenticate yourself.

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Security Questions MFA method


It uses built-in authentication methods like laptop password or pin, mobile, Windows Hello, Biometrics (FaceID/fingerprint), and Hardware Tokens.

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MFA Method - Security Questions

“ By using a single solution, you can upgrade the security posture of your entire organization for remote access. ”

1. 2FA/MFA for RD Gateway

The Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA/2FA) for Remote Desktop Gateway (RD Gateway) provides additional Two-Factor Authentication security for secure access to Remote Desktop, RDWeb, and RemoteApp Access logons on top of Microsoft Entra ID logins. It blocks connections to RDP servers if users have not passed the 2FA/MFA challenge.

The miniOrange RD (Remote Desktop) gateway MFA solution can work with Microsoft Entra ID logins. It allows users to configure 15+ 2FA/MFA methods, including Push Notification through miniOrange authenticator and out-of-band methods like SMS and Email links, to secure Remote Desktop Access for users.

After configuring the MFA solution, users must enter their username, and password, which can be Microsoft Entra ID login credentials. Based on the 2FA/MFA method, they will receive a notification or SMS/Email link to log in. The Windows MFA Solution by miniOrange can also provide secure access to Windows machines with Microsoft Entra ID login. There are also customized MFA solutions for other OS systems like Mac & Linux.

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miniOrange RD Gateway MFA Login Flow – Remote Desktop MFA

2. 2FA/MFA for RD Web Access

Microsoft Remote Desktop Web Access (RD Web) MFA configuration is a security feature that requires users to authenticate themselves for two or more factors to access company resources, applications, or servers through RD Web. This authentication method is initiated when a user logs into the Remote Desktop Service (RDS) through a Remote Desktop Client or the RD Web login page.

The miniOrange RD Web component sends a RADIUS request to the miniOrange RADIUS server, which authenticates the user via the Local Active Directory. After successful authentication, the user is granted access to the RD Web Service. Enabling Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) increases the security of the organization's resources by requiring additional verification factors beyond usernames and passwords.

The miniOrange MFA for RD Gateway is completely agentless, which means that it can be seamlessly deployed even on non-domain joined systems as well. This makes deployment faster and simpler. miniOrange offers 2FA/MFA methods such as Push notifications and Authentication via Email/SMS link for RD Gateway.

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miniOrange RD Web MFA Login Flow – Remote Desktop MFA

3. 2FA/MFA for RD HTML5 Web Client

miniOrange supports all the latest HTML5-based RD web clients for enabling Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) for remote access for users. This allows users to use 15+ 2FA/MFA methods provided by miniOrange MFA without changing their primary authentication (username and password) using the existing on-premise Active Directory. The self-service console allows user registration and MFA setup. The custom groups and policies can also be set up for RDS MFA based on the organization's requirements. MFA security can further secure access to RemoteApp programs hosted via RD Web Access and Web Client.

miniOrange RD HTML5 Web Client Login Flow – Remote Desktop MFA

4. 2FA/MFA for Remote Desktop Protocol

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) for Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) is a crucial security measure for remote access to Windows systems and servers. It involves configuring Multi-Factor Authentication, integrating it with the RDP server, and setting authentication policies. When a user connects via RDP, they are prompted to provide their username and password (which can be AD or Azure AD credentials). Then they have to fulfill an additional authentication factor like a one-time code from a mobile app, Microsoft/Google/miniOrange Authenticator, or biometric scan.


miniOrange RDP MFA Login Flow – Remote Desktop MFA

miniOrange RDS MFA: What’s in it For You?

  • Enable Offline MFA: You can ensure uninterrupted and secure user access even without an internet with Offline MFA.

    Example : For instance, organizations that prohibit internet access for security reasons may utilize Offline MFA to guarantee that users are prompted with 2FA/MFA via authenticator apps and granted secure access without the need for any authentication server.

  • Custom MFA Policy For all RD Services : Define custom MFA policies for all your Remote Desktop Services like RDP, RD Gateway, RD Web, etc.

    Example : Admins can set custom MFA policies such as allowing user access via MFA for certain types of users, bypassing MFA for Admin accounts, or for a specific time after subsequent login, and many more.

  • Central Authentication Source :miniOrange can act as a central authentication source and IDP. It also supports other IDPs like Active Directory.

    Example : Organizations looking to secure their entire infrastructure Remote Desktop Services, Network Devices (VPNs), and others can leverage miniOrange as a central authentication source and enable the same MFA configuration.

  • Support for Cross-Domain Scenarios :Enable your users to securely access different domain-joined systems within the enterprise network.

    Example : The user can log in to the machine using an account on any trusted domain like Active Directory domain-joined or Azure AD domain-joined, or using a Windows local account. This improves convenience and productivity.

  • Device-Based MFA : Configure separate MFA methods for different non-domain joined machines having generic non-unique usernames.

    Example : If an organization has non-domain joined machines, Admins can configure different MFA methods for devices allocated to admins or someone with privileged access than the ones allocated to local users.

  • User Self-Service (Password Reset) : Enable your users to reset their password via the self-service portal.

    Example : Organizations can reduce help-desk calls by enabling their users to reset their passwords for the first authentication factor via the self-service portal offered by the miniOrange MFA solution. It also enhances user experience by removing dependency.

  • Branding on the Login Page : Personalize the login experience for your users by highlighting your logo on the login screen.

    Example: Users don’t need to know what IDP your organization is using and what security processes are running for secure authentication. miniOrange organizations to customize the login page by updating it with the company logo.

  • Faster Deployment with GPO Push: Get faster MFA deployment even for non-domain joined systems by using miniOrange’s Group policies or GPO.

    Example: For organizations with domain-joined machines, miniOrange can deploy the MFA solutions to all the systems at once with GPO push instead of deploying them one by one. This makes the process much faster and saves valuable time.

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