How to Enable / Disable Multiple RDP Sessions in Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2, and Windows Server 2012


Windows Server 2008/2008R2/2012 servers allow two simultaneous Remote Desktop sessions. You may choose to disable multiple RDP sessions if desired. If only one session is available and you take over another person's live session, you may choose to enable multiple RDP sessions. This article describes the process for disabling and enabling multiple sessions.

How to Enable/Disable Multiple RDP Sessions in Windows Server 2012

By default, Windows Server 2012 servers allow a single Remote Desktop session. If only one session is available and you take over another person's live session, you may choose to enable multiple RDP sessions. This article describes the process for enabling and disabling multiple sessions.

Enable Multiple RDP Sessions

Log into the server using Remote Desktop.

Open the start screen (press the Windows key) and type gpedit.msc and open it

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

Set Restrict Remote Desktop Services user to a single Remote Desktop Services session to Disabled.

Double click Limit number of connections and set the RD Maximum Connections allowed to 999999.

Disable Multiple RDP Sessions

Log into the server using Remote Desktop.

Open the start menu and type 'gpedit.msc' and open it

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

Set Restrict Remote Desktop Services user to a single Remote Desktop Services session to Enabled.


How to Enable/Disable Multiple RDP Sessions in Windows Server 2008 & 2008 R2

Disable Multiple RDP Sessions

In Windows 2008 R2

  • Click Start > Administrative Tools > Remote Desktop Services > Remote Desktop Session Host Configuration.
In Windows 2008
  • Click Start > Administrative Tools > Terminal Services >Terminal Services Configuration.

Double click Restrict Each User to a Single Session.

Check Restrict each user to a single session.

Enable Multiple RDP Sessions

Log into the server using Remote Desktop.

In Windows 2008 R2
  • Click Start > Administrative Tools > Remote Desktop Services > Remote Desktop Session Host Configuration.
In Windows 2008
  • Click Start > Administrative Tools > Terminal Services >Terminal Services Configuration.

Double click Restrict Each User to a Single Session.

Uncheck Restrict each user to a single session.

Click OK.

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