Limiting 2003 to one terminal service connection (through remote desktop)

Posted on 2006-03-28
Last Modified: 2010-04-18
I'm trying to figure out how to set up my server so that I can physically sit at it, logged in as my administrator user, open a program and leave for the night.  When I get home, I want to be able to remote desktop into my server and login as my adminstrator user and see the open program I have running from when I was physically at the server.

Currently, when I remote in it addes a new session which I think is by default.  Which is fine, but I would love to only allow 1 session no matter where I am at.  When I remote into my XP Pro workstation at work from home, I get the desired result.  How can I set my 2003 server to do this?

Question by:rmurdockfed
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    If you need to connect to the server console session remotely (for example, to access applications that direct only their user interface to the console), either use the Remote Desktops snap-in management tool or use Remote Desktop Connection from the command line. When you attempt to connect to the console session, whether remotely or locally, you will be notified if there is already another user connected to the console session. The notification message will be shown after your logon credentials are validated, and will include information about the user who is logged on to the console session, including user name, location of logon (local or remote), and the state of the session (in use, locked, or idle).
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    Start > run > mstsc is what I had been using.  Didn't know about the "mstsc /console" option.  That's what I needed and your link provided me with that.

    Thanks so much for the almost instantanious response.  Points are yours.

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