How do I allow 10 RDP sessions to Windows Server 2008?

Posted on 2012-08-27
Last Modified: 2012-08-28
I have multiple developers that need complete access to a Windows Server 2008 in order to do their work.  We are running into an error indicating that we can only have 2 RDP sessions active at any one time.  How can we get around this?
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    We are running into an error indicating that we can only have 2 RDP sessions active at any one time.  How can we get around this?
    By purchasing licences for Terminal Services.
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    You can log into the console as well, which means you can do 3 connections before needing to buy TS licences.
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    Windows 2003 had 2 sessions + 1 console session, Windows 2008 has just 2. If you need more sessions you have to set the server in Application mode and buy Terminal Server Client Access Licenses or TS CAL's which were recently rebranded to RDP (Remote Desktop Services) CAL's. PS: there are of course patches for Terminal Server on both 2003 and 2008 on the net but I assume you are not searching for those.>

    Managing Remote Desktop Services Client Access Licenses (RDS CALs)
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    1) This is licensing issue. You need to buy Terminal Services(Remote Desktop Services) CALs.

    The Default setup in Windows Server 2008 R2 is to only allow a single session per user. This means that two different connections to the machine as the Administrator user are not allowed. This setting can be changed by logging into the server and accessing Start  Administrative Tools  Remote Desktop Services  Remote Desktop Session Host Configuration

    It is always a good idea to log out of your server by clicking Start  Log Off.If you just close the window, the session still remains and if you have reached the maximum number of concurrent connections, you will not be able to login. You will likely see a message like the one below.

    Also check the following articles for more details.

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    Thanks to all.  I will try these solutions and post my results.

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    Got it.  Thanks

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