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I'm managing a Win2003 server remotely via remote desktop.  Usually if I log off and log back in again - it'll log me in and my applications continue to run.  However, I'm logging in and it's like logging into the OS for the first time.  No open programs, a fresh boot.  I look under Windows Task Manager > Users and can see that there is...

User      ID      Status      Client Name      Session
MyUName      1      Active      MyCompName      RDP-Tcp#79
MyUName      2      Active      MyCompName      RDP-Tcp#81

So how can I log on to the session at RDP-Tcp#79 instead of logging in again?  I have open applications and files I need to save!

Thanks.

Andrew
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And when I say "log off" I mean hitting the "x" at the top of the remote desktop session.  It cuts the connection, but keeps all of my programs running so I can log in later to the same desktop.  The only difference this time is my Internet connection at home went down earlier today for 5 minutes.  I checked, and my IP address is still the same.  So that would most likely not be the problem.   Maybe it's because I restarted my computer at home and the remote desktop client forgot or lost the settings it needs to log back into that account again?

Related, simple question:  Is this session management stored on the host computer (the server I'm trying to log into) or is it kept on the client's end (the computer that is being used to bring up the "mstsc" program.)?
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I have no idea what happened.   I was looking at the "Terminal Services Manager" and 60 seconds into looking at it, the user on RDP-Tcp#79 went from "Active" to "Disconnected".  I'm not sure if it was because the idle time went to 2 hours (it was close to that), or the fact that I was looking in Terminal Services Manager the computer caught up and said "whoops, this guy is disconnected, I need to mark him that way."

Also, if anyone runs into this in the future, I did not have the time to test, but a right click of the user will bring up an option "Disconnect".  I'm guessing if I were to hit that it would disconnect the person, but keep his programs still running...???
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First to respond gets the points.

I hate to delete a problem and solution that someone might find and use in the future.
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Hi rebies,

you can use group policies to increase or decrease the session idle times
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hey, not just a response - but valuable information.   Thanks, I've never develed into group policies yet, but might need to look into those fairly soon.
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no worries :) let me know if you need help with it

thankyou :)
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And seriously - all sarcasm aside - thanks.  I’ve needed someone to kick me in the direction of Group Policies – and this is just the time for that!
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