Multiple Remote Desktop sessions per user

In Windows Server 2003  we could have multiple Remote Desktop session with the same user. Unfortunately in Windows Server 2008 this is not possible by default.

If we login with the same user account the first session will be taken over by second session.

Here again simple registry tweak makes this possible,

  1. Go to Start and type regedit
  2. Check out the following registry key
  3. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\TerminalServer
  4. If the fSingleSessionPerUser value doesn’t exist, create a new DWORD value named fSingleSessionPerUser
  5. Open the fSingleSessionPerUser value. The possible values for this setting are as follows:
    • Allow multiple sessions per user : 0
    • Force each user to a single session(Default) : 1
  6. save this and exit

Alternate way :

  1. Start Menu > Administrative Tool
  2. Remote Desktop Services > Remote Desktop Host Configuration
  3. Restrict users to a single session > No

Enjoy :)

Note:

By applying this steps you can increase the connections number (for free) to two, which though still a low number, is not as limiting as the single solitary connection. If you need more connections, Microsoft will help you gladly with its Remote Desktop Session Host server licence.

This makes SharePoint developers life more easy when they want to install / setup areas in shared mode.  Specially when client gives limited users in their environment.

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