In Windows Server 2003 you could have multiple Remote Desktop session with the same user. In Windows Server 2008 this is not possible by default. If you login with the same user account the first session will be taken over by second session.
But you can allow multiple Remote Desktop sessions per user by changing a registry key.
- Start regedit
- Check out the follwoing registry key
- If the fSingleSessionPerUser value doesn’t exist, create a new DWORD value named fSingleSessionPerUser
- Open the fSingleSessionPerUser value. The possible values for this setting are as follows:
0x0 Allow multiple sessions per user
0x1 Force each user to a single session
- save this
Found this on remotedesktoprdp.comTags: Microsoft, multiple session, mutliple, RDP, RDP Session, registry, Remotedesktop, Remotedesktop Session, second session, Session, Windows, Windows Server, windows server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2 Last modified: January 7, 2019
Works like a charm on 2008 R2. Thank you very much!
hi, ive been trying to connect 3 computer( 2 on mstsc)(1 on /admin)
can only connect 2, the 3rd getting the message of “there are too many users logged on”
user is “administrator”
tried already ‘regedit’ and “asministrative tools”–> –>”restrict user to single session”=no
also tried to handle local GPO.
still can connect 3rd computer
I think you can not have more than two terminal connections with a standard windows server.
In my blog post i described only how you can connect two session with the same administrator account.
I think if you need more connection you need to use Windows Remote Desktop Services or another Terminal Server Vendor.
Here’s some more information that might be helpful,
Windows Server 2008 R2 Enable Multiple RDP sessions
I tried this on Server 2008 R2 and tried to open 2 sessions from different clients using the same logon ID and each time, when the second machine logged on, the first was disconnected.
Is there a way around this?
Same here dude.
Plase help me to connect at least 5 machines to server
If you need more than 2 RDP connections to your server you need to install Microsoft Remotedesktop Services (former name Terminal Server) http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/windows-server/remote-desktop-services.aspx
Thanks, works great…
Thank you very much!! Worked like a charm!!
Thanks for the info Thomas, works perfectly for Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation
thanks it’s work
Hi Thomas- Thanks for this article. I’ve got a similar issue, where I’m trying to launch an .exe file remotely, but it’s opening in the wrong session. Do you know of a way to launch file and specifiy which session it opens in?
Normally it should open int the same session you are connected with.
Hi. I have a friend who runs small business home server network. Server 2008 enterprise. He runs crm software on it. He and 1 other user need to log onto server remotely. But he’s telling me that whatever the other user gets on his desktop he gets. For example emails on other users crm show up in his logon. How does he stop this?
It is working.
You rocks babe…. flying like a star
Works like a charm on 2008 SP 2 … Thanks!!!
Thank you so much for this article. You save my day!
i have 2 windows servers 2008 R2 , i installed on them :
Active directory , DNS , remote desktop services and network load balancing .
i have also one Thin client Windows Embedded 7 standard.
i have an rdp file on the thin client and i want to access using NLB ( just one IP address) to both servers.
the access to the first server is without problems , the main problem is when the first server is down and i want to access to the second , i am asked to give once again the user and the password , it’s not generated automatically.
please help me
ça marche, merci pour l’information.
Worked just as you had outlined it and making our work easier now.
Thank you so much..You are superb,,
Thanks Thomas Maurer its working on local user Like : User1, User2
But its not working with Administrator. Please share me if you have any solution to disable multi remote desktop session windows server 2003 for Administrator.
Thanks in Advance
i have windows server 2008 R2 i want to login with a multiple administrators login , we can say a common user usually we have administrator with that user only. while i want to restrict my all other users to login as a single user only i made it userserver with terminal’s logging system.. as there anyone who could let me know that..
i do not have RDp License, can i still use Edit Registry and do multiple user RDP
Well it is not the idea to run multiple sessions and do Remote Desktop for users, it is just a work around so administrators can login with the same user more than once.
I really like your site
Thank you for this article, it worked for me !
Thanks for your guide…
I would like to create VPN on windows server 2008 R2 to connect to linux openswan, is this possible and what should I add..
I followed your guide but still not get connected.
Thanks great article, but I am having issues with something.
I did login to my Administrator user, I opened up a browser (chrome) and then I re-login to the same Administrator user from another system but I couldn’t see that opened browser there.
Is there a way we can see all the running applications/browsers when we login with the same user more than once?
Maxime Says :
MARCH 19, 2015 AT 6:12 PM
Thank you for this article, it worked for me !
Operating system and what version you use ?
I did not work
windows server 2008 r2 foundation SP1..
Very easy document to follow.
bro i need a suggestion
i am having 10 hp thin clients , 30 desktop systems and one Windows 2008 server.
i want to create a active directory users for this 10 thin clients and 30 desktop system.
My question is ” is it is possible that all the thin clients and desktop can able to login with active directory users” after joining the domain the 30 desktop can login but how to connect the thin clients to the domain is it is possible. the thin client have the RDP connection type.
I want to log 2 ADMIN sessiones at same time,not for other users,only ADMIN but can only enable/disable the feature for all users.
If ADMIN is logged at console and try to log same ADMIN user from remote desktop at same time the first connection is closed.
Again,I only want to allow multiple sessions to ADMIN user only
Thanks in advance
I have a problem related to remote desktop by multiple users (13 users) at same time, I use windows server 2008 standard.
The first problem I have, the link above of to solve my the problem Thomas Maurer shared is already closed (it shows error) http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/windows-server/remote-desktop-services.aspx Actually I added my users in remote desktop users group. But only two different users can log on at the same time in windows server 2008 standard. What exactly want to do is to allow 13 users to log on to server at the same time.
How can I do that?
Please anyone can help me.
I work at a middle school and we have three labs, 30 L series Thin Clients by NComputing. We are using Windows 2008 Server R2. We are having a nightmare of a time. When all three labs (90 devices) are trying to work at the same time we are getting a lot of freezing of screens, dropped connections or black screens. I am at a loss as to what might be causing this. Do you have any Ideas or advice?