Sunday, October 2, 2011

Allow multiple remote desktop sessions per user

When you connect to remote desktop with an already logged in user, you can configure terminal services to either take over the current session or start a new one by allowing multiple sessions per user

Navigate to the following registry key

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server

Create the DWORD value fSingleSessionPerUser if it does not exist and set it to 0 to allow multiple sessions or 1 to force a single session per user

Alternatively, you can do the same thing from GUI

Start -> Administrative Tools -> Remote Desktop Services -> Remote Desktop Session Host Configuration

you will find in the general settings "Restrict each user to a single sessions", double click to edit it
You don't need to restart anything

Also you can deploy this setting via GPO from

Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Remote Desktop Services -> Remote Desktop Session Host -> Connections -> Restrict Remote Desktop Services users to a single Remote Desktop Services session

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