RDP timeout settings

Posted on 2010-11-22
Last Modified: 2012-05-10
Is there a way to extend the timeout settings for  either the host or remote machine ?
Question by:ethernet69
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There should be settings in all the various RD software to adjust the timeout.  In the one I use, it is right on the main page.  You will need to adjust both, of course.  Since you didn't say which RD software you are using, I can't be more specific.

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sorry, I thought that was clear. We are using Remote Desktop (RDP) built into Windows XP.

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then the two MS articles I cited should help.  Check em out.

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Those articles both pertain to Server OSs. Can you provide a link to modify RDP settings like this in XP Pro?
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Here is the procedural way --

But you can do it in the registry as a fairly simple change --
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server\WinStations\RDP-Tcp

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Ok, thanks for the registry key. All values in in the hive/key are pointing to "MaxConnectionTime" or "MaxDisconnectionTime" being set at a value of "0" - what should I do/change to allow my client who is remoting from one XP box to another XP Pro box to keep her from being disconnected/timed out after about 5-10 minutes while she leaves the session open? Should we just install VNC instead both machines? Or can RDP keep the connection alive for longer?
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scrathcyboy earned 500 total points
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This procedure should set it to NEVER time out --

   1. Go to the Start Menu and click Run (or press the shortcut combination Windows+R).
   2. In the prompt, type gpedit.msc and click OK.
   3. In the left panel, navigate the hierarchical menu: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Terminal Services > Sessions
   4. Double click the “Sets a time limit for active but idle Terminal Services sessions” property to open up the properties window.
   5. In the popup window, make sure the Enabled selection is chosen and the Idle Session Limit dropdown list is set to Never.
   6. Click Ok and close all windows and applications
   7. Reset the computer for the changes to take effect.
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However, I have always used Tight VNC and have never had a time out issue.  I would recommend using Tight VNC, I found its operation basically flawless.  The only peculiar thing is their terminology seems back to front.  What they call the client is actually the "server" and vice versa.  Once you get used to the back to front logic in all VNC software, it is great.

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