Allow more than one session per user with Remote Desktop

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Summary

This article allows a user to log into a Windows server with the same user but in multiple sessions.  In other words, "user1" can be logged in at work and at home via a different terminal services session without kicking the other user off.  By default, the setup of Windows Servers only allows one session per unique user to be logged into a server.  This article circumvents that.

Steps

 1.  Log into the server via Remote Desktop as an administrative user and open gpedit.msc from Start > Run.
 2. Navigate to:
    For Windows 2008:
          Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Remote Desktop Services\Remote Desktop Session Host\Connections\
    For Windows 2003:
          Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Terminal Services\ 
 3. To disable this, select the option below that is relevant to the Operating System of the server:
    For Windows 2008:
           Restrict each user to a single session
    For Windows 2003
           Restrict Terminal Services users to a single remote session
 4. All RDC users will now be able to log into the server using multiple terminal services sessions.



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Last Modified:Wednesday, October 26, 2011 4:42 PM

Type: HOWTO

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