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I can run KVM locally fine, but if I connect via RDP (tried via a Windows computer and a chromebook) I get the following error.

Could not access KVM kernel module: Permission denied qemu-system-x86_64: failed to initialize kvm: Permission denied

Why can't I start KVM over RDP? Do I have a different role or access level when using RDP?

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Do I have a different role or access level when using RDP?

Yes, when you use RDP your session isn’t identified as a local console, so you don’t get automatic access to devices managed by udev using the uaccess system (audio etc., including KVM).

To access KVM in an RDP session, you’ll have to add yourself to the kvm group.

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