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W2K Terminal Server Disable at set time

Posted on 2006-05-25
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Last Modified: 2012-08-14
We are currently running a Windows 2000 terminal server. I would like to disconnect any users (that are connnected) at specific time (like right before we run a backup of the server). Is this possible to do with windows 2000 TS? Please provide specific steps if it can be done.
Question by:NTNBower

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If you don't mind doing a reboot, scheduling a scheduled task:
    tsshtdn /reboot
will reboot - which very effectively gets users off !

If you don't mind  a bit of programming, you could create a batch file to :
- QUERY USER  output to a file.
- A program to process that file and create another batch file that runs
  RESET SESSION  sessionid
  for each user logged on.

Some useful information at

Maybe somebody else has something better...


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Well, I found a bit of help on the web that helped me come to this conclusion - Aside from showing who was connected to the terminal server prior to the backup, we also came to the conclusion that we also needed to see who (better - what process) is causing my files to be skipped. I managed to find a batch script on the internet and modified it to do the following:

Check our network for all Terminal Servers (using the command C:\Query Termserver)
Once all the terminal servers are found
Loop through the servers found and lists their users and state
     (using the command C:\Query Users /Server:servername)
     loop through users found on the server above to list each users running processes
           (using the command C:\Query Process Username /Server:servername)
     next user
next server

All output is written to a log file LastNightsUsers.txt

I found the script at:
His script was capable of findiding disconnected users and loggin them off, for the time being I am going to see if I can find the culprits - if it turns out that the users are loggin off, but something in the terminal server is keeping the files open, I will look at potentially kicking everyone off before the backup.

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