Windows: Enable multiple RDC sessions from one user in Windows 2008

Enable multiple RDC sessions from one user in Windows 2008

Windows 2008 only allows one remote desktop connection to the server from a user by default. This article will give instructions on how to turn this off and allow more than one session for Remote Desktop from the same user name.

Windows 2008

1. Log into your server through Remote Desktop Connection (instructions for connecting to your server through RDC can be found here).

2. Open MMC by navigating to Start > Run and typing "mmc". Click OK.

3. Go to File > Add/Remove Snap-In and choose Group Policy Object. Click Add and then Finish. Click OK.

4. Expand Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Terminal Services > Terminal Server > Connections.

5. Right-click Restrict Remote Desktop Services users to a single Remote Desktop session and choose Properties. Select the radio button for Disabled and click OK.

6. Close out of MMC and you can now connect with the same login username with multiple sessions.

Windows 2008 R2

1. Log into your server through Remote Desktop Connection (instructions for connecting to your server through RDC can be found here).

2. Open MMC by navigating to Start > Run and typing "mmc". Click OK.

3. Go to File > Add/Remove Snap-In and choose Group Policy Object. Click Add and then Finish. Click OK.

4. Expand Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Remote Desktop Services > Remote Desktop Session Host > Connections.

5. Right-click Restrict Terminal Services users to a single Remote Desktop session and choose Properties. Select the radio button for Disabled and click OK.

6. Close out of MMC and you can now connect with the same login username with multiple sessions.

References:

http://www.hosting.com/support/windows-server-2008/enable-multiple-rdc-sessions-from-one-user

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