Windows 8.1 and Macintosh: Remote Desktop Connection

After upgrading Windows to 8.1 remote connections from my Macintosh using Remote Desktop Connection seized to function. The symptom is, when trying to connect, it complains as follows: “Remote Desktop Connection cannot verify the identity of the computer that you want to connect to”.

There are two workarounds for this.

No. 1: Install the new Client from the Mac AppStore. It works, but I don’t like it because of two annoying flaws. First of all, it opens my present .rdp-Files but doesn’t understand them and throws an error. Second, if it’s in fullscreen mode, unlike with the old client, the Macintosh Dock is not accessible anymore.

No. 2: Set two group policies, as described here by VMware:

http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2059786

This can be done locally or on the Active Directory Domain Controller (I’m successfully using the latter method). According to Microsoft, this is less secure, in theory.

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