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How to disable multiple Remote Desktop sessions in Windows 7

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I have a client workstation I need to Remote Desktop into and connect with the currently logged in user's session, but when I RDC in with the current user's credentials I get a new session, not the current user's session. How do I disable the multiple session feature? This workstation is not part of and Active Directory domain.
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by:John Hurst
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So far as I know you cannot do this with Windows RDP. You CAN do this with Radmin Tools (Famatech). I put the server on my home desktop and I can access the current session with the Radmin Viewer. There are other third party tools, but Radmin may also be used without a user on the other end.
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Windows 7 Computers do not allow multiple desktop sessions.  If you RDP in, you take over the console and the user session for that user (if one existed).  If you are getting multiple sessions, then someone probably hacked it.  Make sure you correctly patch it it up to date and it should work as you want.  The behavior you want is EXPECTED behavior for unaltered Windows 7 Pro/Enterprise/Ultimate systems.
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Check if Fast User Switching is off - it should, and in a domain automatically is. Having it off doesn't allow for multiple sessions, the current session is taken over or needs to get terminated.
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John Hurst:
So far as I know you cannot do this with Windows RDP.
Lee W, MVP:
Windows 7 Computers do not allow multiple desktop sessions.
I didn't think so either, but it is definitely doing it. I doubt someone there installed any hack as they are rather computer-simple. Others have reported this same issue, for example: http://superuser.com/questions/491385/on-windows-7-x64-how-can-i-disable-multi-session-in-rdp. I will check the installed programs to see if anything is funny.

Qlemo:
Check if Fast User Switching is off - it should, and in a domain automatically is. Having it off doesn't allow for multiple sessions, the current session is taken over or needs to get terminated.
Where would I check for "Fast User Switching"? The workstations is not in a domain.
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I didn't think so either, but it is definitely doing it

Can you show some kind of screen shot?

Any and all times I have RDP'd into a Windows Machine even with my own user name that was on the machine I was logging into, it logged off and made me sign in.
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For controlling Fast User Switching, see the different approaches described e.g. in http://www.maxi-pedia.com/disable+fast+user+switching+windows+7 .
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I believe I've fixed it, but will have to go on-site to be sure. In any case, I appear to now be getting the logged-in user's desktop. I used the instruction in that link I posted: http://superuser.com/questions/491385/on-windows-7-x64-how-can-i-disable-multi-session-in-rdp, as follows:

Start > run gpedit.msc > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Remote Desktop Services > Remote Desktop Session Host > Connections > Restrict Remote Desktop Services to a single Remote Desktop Services Session = 'enabled'

I will confirm with the on-site user tomorrow and post back.
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I found the solution
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