Mar 11 2013

RDP Extra Session on Windows Terminal Server

Published by at 6:34 pm under Windows

Windows 2003 Server comes with 2 remote desktop sessions for administration. If another session is initiated, you will get the following error message:

The terminal server has exceeded the maximum number of allowed connections

A workaround exists though, Microsoft have made a hidden extra session available. It can be started running mstsc from the command line. /v:server is not mandatory, you can set it on the RDP connection window that will open up.

mstsc /admin or /console /v:server

Type in your server’s address and you’re in! You can then kick out logged in people if you like from the Task Manager. Yes, some people log in and go for a LONG run!
Note: This has been removed on Windows 2008 Server. You can now kick out anyone who’s logged in if you have Administrator credentials.

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