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When I close my rdp connection and re-connect it creates a new session not joining the old one.

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We have many server 2003 installs where i use RDP to connect and administrator the server. We have an old Server 2000 TS server as well as a 3 server citrix farm in the domain.

Whenever i try and connect to a server 2003 box with rdp and do something, and my connection gets clipped, or i click close in the rdp client and reconnect to the server with rdp it creates a new session. Is there a gp or other setting i need to change to get it to reopen my last rdp session instead of closing that session and starting a new one?

I do use the /console switch when i can, but i can't do that with all of the servers.

Thanks!
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by:Dicanio37
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Either install the admin pack on your pc and create a remote desktop console. Here you can specify to connect to the console of the rdp or not simply by checking a box.
Or from the run cmd type mstsc -v:serverip /f -console
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by:Mikealcl
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In administrative tools > terminal services configuration > Server Settings

You can enable restrict each user to one session.  This will force you to reconnect to the same session.
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by:jkarnes12
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Configure the follwoing GPO setting:

Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Terminal Services -> Keep Alive Connections

Set it to Enable, and specify a time to Keep Alive.
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I just looked at the GP and "Restrict Terminal Services users to the single remote session" is already enabled.
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by:merit_lclark
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Ok I found it.  It was in Computer Configuration\Windows Components\Terminal Services\Sessions\ Set time limit for disconnected sessions. It was set to 1 minute.

I will split points since you both got me into the right GPO area.
Thanks.
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