19. May 2013 · Comments Off on Win2K8 R2 Enable Multiple RDP Sessions · Categories: Microsoft · Tags: , , ,

Server 2008 unlike its predecessors, comes with the multiple remote desktop session restriction enabled. If you are only connecting to a server for remote administration purposes that can get a bit annoying, especially if you have a generic administrative account that multiple techs are using, and you keep kicking each other off the server.

Solution

Option 1: Enable Multiple RDP sessions from TSCONFIG

1. On the server, click Start and in the search/run box type tsconfig.msc{enter}. Locate “Restrict each user to a single session” Right click > Properties.

TSCONFIG

2. Remove the tick from “Restrict each user to a single session” > Apply > OK.

Restric each logon to a single session

Option 2: Enable Multiple RDP sessions via the registry

1. Start > in the search/run box type regedit {enter} > Navigate to:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlTerminal Server

Locate the fSingleSessionPerUser value > Set it to 0 (Multiple sessions allowed), or 1 (Multiple sessions NOT allowed).

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Option 3: Enable Multiple RDP sessions via Local Policy

1. Start > in the search/run box type gpedit.msc {enter}.

GPO multiple RDP

2. Navigate to:

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Remote Desktop Services > Remote Desktop Session Host > Connections

Locate the “Restrict Remote Desktop Services users to a single Remote Desktop Services session” setting.

Remote Desktop multiple logons group policy

3. To enable multiple sessions set the policy to disabled > Apply > OK.

RDP GPO

Option 4: Enable Multiple RDP sessions via Group Policy

1. On a domain controller > Start > in the search/run box type gpmc.msc {enter}.

local policy RDP

2. Either edit an existing GPO that’s linked to your COMPUTERS, or create a new one and give it a sensible name.

group policy multiple logons

3. Navigate to:

Computer Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Remote Desktop Services > Remote Desktop Session Host > Connections

Locate the “Restrict Remote Desktop Services users to a single Remote Desktop Services session” setting.

GPO 3389

4. To enable multiple sessions set the policy to disabled > Apply > OK.

more than one login

5. Then either reboot the clients, wait a couple of hours, or manually run “gpupdate /force” on them.

Force GPO

 

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