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Losing RDP Session with Windows 2008 R2 Server

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With Windows 2003 Server I am able to lock the screen through RDP, close RDP, and come back at a later date with all of the programs and windows open. With our Windows 2008 R2 server if I wait for a period of time, when I come back all of the programs and windows are closed. Is my session timing out? How do I prevent this?
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You can use local group policy by running gpedit.msc from the run command, or from the search bar. Once in, go to User Configuration-->Administrative Templates-->Windows Components-->Remote Desktop Services-->Remote Desktop Session Host-->Session Time Limits. There are a number of settings there, but the one that will control how long a session can be idle on that server before being logged off is called "Set the time limit for disconnected sessions". Also, this can be done through group policy to address a number of servers at once.
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Sorry for the delay in replying. I tried updating "Set the time limit for disconnected sessions" to Enabled and "End a disconnected session" to "Never" last night. I then locked the remote computer and closed RDP. When I tried it this morning, it didn't log me into the same session. At least the application I had open was no longer open.

Should I update the setting in the Computer Configuration branch?

In case it matters, we don't have a license for terminal server. We're just using the built in two user limit.
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Never mind. I forgot that it wouldn't apply to the session in which I made the change. It's working now. Thanks.
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