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Remote Desktop kicks off other user logged in--how to prevent or warn

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Hi,

We do some computationally intensive work and have a set of spare computers users can use for this purpose so their own computer is not bogged down.  The users use remote desktop to log into the spare computers remotely to run these jobs.  When 1 user is logged into a machine and a 2nd logs in with the same userid, the 1st user is bumped off without the 2nd user even aware this has happened.  Is there a way to configure the client or the server so that the 2nd user is warned and has the option of aborting the log in before bumping off the 1st user?
Alternatively, is there a cheap or free alternative to remote desktop which provides similar functionality, but adds this level of coordination?
  --PeterO
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by:sk_raja_raja
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did you try VNC ???? how many users you need to RDP ?
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by:aleghart
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Simple solution:  don't logon with the same user name.

Then, the RDC logon should warn you with:

The user DOMAIN\username is currently logged on to this computer.  If you continue, this user's Windows Session will end and any un-saved data will be lost.  Do you want to continue?

That should be a sufficient warning.

You'll have to worry about roaming profiles if you use them.  Desktop layout, start menu, and application preferences tend to get a bit wonky.  I don't use it, so not an issue.
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by:rindi
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Use a server OS with TS in application mode installed and with an ID for every user. Then they can all work on the server at the same time.
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by:olszowka
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Hi,

Using multiple windows users is not an option for us.  One of our applications stores a great deal of information associated with the userid and it would add a great deal of trouble keeping it all in sync among the users.

Note, we need only 1 user logged in at a time.  We just want a warning before 1 users bumps another.

  --PeterO
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Hi,

Here's the best solution we have so far.  Users will attempt to log into the remote machine with their own userid.  If someone else is already logged in, they will get a warning and will then cancel.  If they log in successfully, they will then log out and log back in again using the single user for which the application is configured.

This solution is a little clunky, but is easy to explain to the users and doesn't require any new software to be deployed.

If anyone has a simpler solution than this (ideally, a configuration option of windows terminal services or something like that), I'm still interested.

  --PeterO
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