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Remote Desktop connection via batch file won't disconnect after session

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I run a scheduled task each night on my server (2003) box which opens an RDP session with another remote server (2003).  The session opens a batch file on connection that loads several databases to the remote server.  Usually once everything has been loaded up, the session ends and it disconnects automatically, but lately I will get to work in the morning and the RDP window will still be open.  It will allow me to log back in, but I cannot see anything but a window with a blue background and I am forced to close it.  This of course tells me that the session is still active and my programs will continue running until I log back in again.  However it won't let me log back in because "I have exceeded the max number of terminal server connections"  ... I have figured out that I can log in via console (mstc /console) but that isn't a solution.

Anybody have an idea why my session won't disconnect automatically anymore?  The weird thing is if I run that same rdp session at work watching it, it seems to work.

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Not 100% sure but why not set the maximum Idle time for TS sessions so it will automatically disconnect sessions that have been open too long?
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Thanks Dave,

What I ended up doing is adding this to the end of my batch file:

%windir%\System32\tscon.exe 0 /dest:console

but I am thinking the problem is that the session is simply timing out (the databases are get bigger and bigger all the time) so I also chose to override user settings (Terminal services configuration, rdp-tdp properties, session tab) on the remote computer.  I set "end disconnected session" to 5 minutes, "max active and idle session" to 1 hour ... the dbase upload only takes 30-40 minutes and that is the only rdp connection to that server, so I think I should be safe with those settings.

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Thanks Dave,  that seems to have worked.
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