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Is there a way a user can have multiple sessions but connected to the same desktop? I want to have 3 to 4 laptops accessing the same virtual desktop so those laptops can control what needs to be displayed on the machine. I hope I can do this.

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Brian
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by:Gerwin Jansen, EE MVE
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What is the OS on your virtual desktop?
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Multiple people logged on to the same desktop? No. A desktop is a 1 to 1 ratio. Multiple Users logging into the same RDP server? yes, but they would have their own desktops.
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any ideas how I can have a thin client with windows embedded attached to a projector that will connect to a virtual desktop (VMWare) and have 2 to 3 other laptops that connect to the same machine and can see what is it displaying and the laptops can also control the machine too. ???
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OS on the virtual desktop is windows 7
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by:Gerwin Jansen, EE MVE
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>> windows 7
You cannot connect more than one laptop to the same Windows 7 remote machine. If you try connecting a second laptop it will mention that there is already a user logged on and ask you if that user maybe logged off. A third party remote desktop application may allow this but standard Microsoft RDP will not.

>> what needs to be displayed
What is it that you want to display?
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by:Michael Machie
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You cannot do what you want to do in the method you address trying to do it.
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by:Gerwin Jansen, EE MVE
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@Machienet - You are just repeating what I'm saying?
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by:Michael Machie
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@Gerwin:
No, you actually re-worded what I originally said (see my first comment above) and my last comment (the one you accuse me of copying from you) was to provide a more concrete, firm answer to expand upon my first comment. Please re-read the thread.

@bbayachek:
My first thought would be to use a screensharing program that can allow mulitple people to collaborate together. That way you can leave the projector pc running the software and the remote Users could control the desktop to display whatever content would be needed.
Alternatively, perhaps have each User own their individual logins with the same software. Each person logs in to do what they need to do, then they log off. Them the next remote User logs in etc.
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by:Michael Machie
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To add:
I think WebEx has a solution that may work for this purpose. Also check GoToAssist.

If you did this you would most definitely want to adjust Power options to never for sleep and hibernate. Do not letl the drives to turn off. I suppose allowimg the monitor to turn off would be fine. Set the NIC properties to not allow the pc to turn of the NIC to save power. Changing these options will help to make sure the machine does not get stuck in a hibernate mode where it would require a reboot to fix.
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by:Gerwin Jansen, EE MVE
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@Machienet - Don't feel offended, I was just asking ;)

We agree that what is being asked is not possible and that some other remote application must be used to reach the goal, VNC, WebEx or other.
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