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How can I stop connections to a metaframe xp server in my farm for maintenance

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I need to stop new connections on one of the servers in my metaframe xp farm. How do i set the farm to stop accepting connections for one server so i can do maintenance?
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change logon /disable in a command prompt should do the trick.
Another way is load evaluator (now I am trying to remember if XP had that - very old product but I think it had).

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so I open a command prompt and use change logon /disable and then when the maintenance is done I use change logon /enable? will this effect currently logged on users? I'm assuming this will only effect logon through terminal services and the farm will automatically connect end users to a different server?
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You can simply right click the server on the Citrix Management Console and select 'Disable Logons'. That will do it as well.
Existing users will remain connected.
The problem usually with this approach is disconnected sessions. Citrix will try to send the user that was disconnected back to that server but it will fail as the logons are disabled.
The load evaluator approach is better. You can have a 'circuit-breaker' approach where one of the parameters is scheduling and allow logons only on Sunday mornings from 2:00am to 2:01am. That means any other time that load evaluator will report full load and no one will get to that server (unless they are lucky to try at 2:00am on Sunday). This effectively removes the server from the available pool BUT still allows for reconnections so users do not get errors.
In case you want to kick out disconnected users then the disable logon approach will do it.

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I don't have the disable logons option in the citrix console when I right click the server?
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Post a screenshot of the console please.

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Here is what I get when I right click on the server I want tostop connecions for.
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Cláudio Rodrigues earned 500 total points
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Here you go.
http://www.tek-tips.com/viewthread.cfm?qid=933914
http://support.citrix.com/article/CTX564871

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