How To Enable Multiple RDP Sessions on Windows Server 2012/2016/2019

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Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) is a protocol allows a user to access remote systems anywhere in the world through internet access. Microsoft Developed it to access windows-based OS machines.  By default, Microsoft Windows servers allow only one remote desktop session at-a- time. But in some cases, we are required to enable remote desktops for multiple users to allow access at a time (max. for 3 users) can work simultaneously on same machine to deploy application.

In this blog post we will explain the step by step to Enable Multiple RDP sessions on windows servers.

Enable Multiple RDP Sessions On Windows Server

  1. Log in to the Windows system.
  2. Open the start screen (press the Windows key + R ) and type “Edit group policy” or “gpedit.msc” and launch it.

3- open-edit-group-policy-windows-server

4-  Navigate to Computer Configuration >> Administrative Templates >> Windows Components >> Remote Desktop Services >> Remote Desktop Session Host >> Connections.

5- Double click on “Set Restrict Remote Desktop Services user to a single Remote Desktop Services session and set this to Disabled.

6- Next, double click on “Limit number of connections” and set the RD Maximum Connections allowed to 999999. But, just use 2 sessions that is free with Windows license but to allow more than 2 session required CAL license.

Configure RDS CALs (Remote Desktop Services client access licenses)

Disable Multiple RDP Sessions

  • Log into the server, where the Remote Desktop Services are installed.
  • Open the start screen (press the Windows key) and type gpedit.msc and open it.
  • Go to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Remote Desktop Services > Remote Desktop Session Host > Connections.
  • Set Restrict Remote Desktop Services user to a single Remote Desktop Services session to Enabled.

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