troubleshooting Question

How do you make Windows 2003 Server time-out a logged in but disconnected RDP/TS session?

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Say you want to use Remote Desktop to access one of 2003 Server's 2 available Terminal Server slots to manage the server. However, two other admins logged in and disconnected from the server without logging out.

My understanding is you have no choice but to wait until someone shows up on site to reset those disconnected live sessions using the Terminal Services manager MMC console locally on that server. Wouldn't that pose a rather large problem if all but one admin went far away, and the only other one came down with something and had to stay home?

Isn't there some way to make Terminal Server/Administrative Remote Access/whatever time out those disconnected-yet-active sessions? If websites and old modems can kick you off for inactivity, why can't 2003 Server?

(this is assuming you DON'T have proper Terminal Server installed, rather you're using the two TS slots built in to all 2003 installations for remote administration usable by admins only. No CALs.)

What do admins do if they can't log in due to maxed out TS/RDP slots on the server?
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