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Hello - I have installed Terminal Server (10 Licenses) and I'm wondering if logging into my Filserver where Terminal Server is installed multiple times with same user name from active directory would cause any issues.
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As a best practice, it is best to logout each time you end a remote desktop session.  However when you disconnect without logging in the system should put you back to the most recent inactive session.  If you have 6 people all logging in with the same user name they will each get a new session if none of the existing sessions are inactive currently hence eating up multiple terminal server sessions.

You could run into an issue where you logged in to one session and are running some application, you walk away and 15 minutes (or whatever you have inactivity set to) later that session goes idle along with two others (say three people go to lunch at the same time).  When you get back, all three of you login with the same user name.  You won't know which session you will get back.

Best practice...don't login multiple times with the same account.
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Well, you have the Terminal Session and the Console Session (locally logged in).

If you log in via RDP (terminal session), kill the session (without logging out) and then log back in you are just going to reconnect to the same session.

So really you could only be logged in a maximum of twice, only one of which would eat up a TS license (because the other one is local).
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Try not to logon multiple sessions with the same account, you will eventually run into problems.
Can't think of any reason you would use the same user account to do multiple sessions. Sharing account is bad practice when comes to accountability. 6 sessions with the same account will still take out 6 TS CALs.
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Well, it would be accurate to say that it would cause accountability issues. It wouldn't "hurt" anything though.
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The reason I'm using multiple TS clients/Licenses is that I've configured a SSL (Sonicwall SSL 2000) to allow outside connection into a applications our doctors can access securely. It's a virtual office portal they log into (Autenticating through AD w/ their assigned username/password) from outside and I have assigned bookmarks that they have access to the application software of my choice. This bookmark is utilizing RDP w/ActiveX and I simply point it to the FILESERVER IP and I have selected ONE Username that I have created a Policy (Lockdown), so the doctors do not see anything else except Icon on desktop of the application software. I decided to just use one account (user name/password) and apply this policy onto the configuration on SSL/AD. I guess the reason is cause I do not want this policy to be applyed on their account they use in the office. They still have to use their AD account to get into the SSL virtual office, the second account is just a Bookmark I've created utilizing this single account behind the scene. It's been working, however I have noticed that if the doctors do not log out properly and another logs on to the same system, they will see the last session that was logged in. If I have more then one user logged into this account from multiple systems, it seems to be working.

If I have locked down policies for this account - then accountability is not an issue?

I guess I'll read up more on TS.

I appreciate all your help!
 
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There is an option in TS Configuration Manager for automatically logout and reset the session when the user disconnects...that would do you.
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