How to set remote desktop session timeout

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How to set remote desktop session timeout
Administrators can set timeout limits on PC servers. (CLOCK image by SKYDIVECOP from

Systems running the Windows Server software can handle multiple remote desktop sessions at the same time through a service known as the Terminal Services Manager. This way, the server's resources can be accessed by more than one person simultaneously. As an administrator, you have the ability to set a timeout limit, which will determine how long remote desktop sessions can remain active.

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  • PC server running Windows Server 2003 or later

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  1. 1

    Login to your PC server with an account that has administrative privileges.

  2. 2

    Open the Start menu, highlight the "Administrative Tools" folder and click on "Terminal Services Configuration."

  3. 3

    Highlight the "Connections" folder.

  4. 4

    Right-click on the item labelled "RDP-Tcp" and click "Properties."

  5. 5

    Click on the "Sessions" tab at the top of the window.

  6. 6

    Click on the drop-down menu next to "Active session limit" and specify the amount of time you want to use as a limit for remote desktop sessions.

  7. 7

    Press the "OK" button to set the remote desktop timeout limit.

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