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How to stop RDP connection from creating another user session

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I have a hosted session of Windows 2003 Server.  I RDP into it and install a LogMeIn client then I connect with LogMeIn and discover that it is running like its in a Terminal Service session.  How do I make the two desktops the same?  Is it possible?  
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Impossible via RDP.

LogMeIn interacts with the 'Console' session. It allows you to directly control what you would see if you were sat in front of the server. Anyone sat next to the server could watch the monitor and observe what you were doing.

Using Remote Desktop, a separate session is created to connect to by default. You can connect to the console session by running mstsc with the /console switch (mstsc is the Remote Desktop Client utility), BUT doing so will simply lock the console session to anyone watching the monitor on the server - which includes LogMeIn.

This is the nature of RDP and there is no way of changing it - it is for security reasons.

The only routes you have to change this would be using perhaps LogMeIn in conjunction with VNC - both access the console session but don't lock the screen.
Alternatively (and I have never used LogMeIn beyond basic remote access for 1 user on the Free version) there MAY be some mode which allows multiple users to connect to one desktop in LogMeIn, or some equivalent software. That would also work.

-Matt
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Thanks Matt,

You answered my question indirectly.

I am not trying to connect multiple users to the same machine I am just trying to avoid multiple instances running at the same time.  For instance if I log into the desktop and launch an application with LMI(LogMeIn) and then log in with RDP and launch the same application I now have 2 instances running.  If both RDP and LMI were using the console I would see the one running and not launch it again.  

I have tried to force RDP to the console and it does not appear to work.  This is a hosted solution I am working on with Amazon web services.  I may need to get Amazon involved to see if they are not allowing the console mode in RDP.

I am not sure this is a big a problem I once thought.  RDP will only be used on the inital connection and in an emergency.

Todd
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