How to Enable Multiple/Single Remote Desktop Sessions in Windows Server 2012

By default, Windows Server 2012 allows a single Remote Desktop session. If only one session is available and you take over another person's live session, then you may choose to enable multiple RDP sessions. This article describes the process on how to enable and disable multiple sessions.
 
To enable multiple remote desktop sessions, follow these steps:
 
1. Log in to a server by using Remote Desktop Connection.
2. Start Local Group Policy Editor. To do this, click the Win icon or press the Win key, then search gpedit.msc. Or, start Windows PowerShell, then input gpedit.msc. See screenshot 1 and 2.


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3. In Local Group Policy Editor, go to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Remote Desktop Services > Remote Desktop Session Host > Connections. See screenshot 3.


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4. Double click the Restrict Remote Desktop Services user to a single Remote Desktop Services session item under the Setting region.
5. Select the Disable option in the Restrict Remote Desktop Services user to a single Remote Desktop Services session window. Then, click the OK button. See screenshot 4.


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6. Double click the Limit number of connections item. See screenshot 3.
7. In the Limit number of connections window, select the Enable option, then set the RD Maximum Connections allowed to 999999. Click the OK button. See screenshot 5.


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To enable single remote desktop sessions, follow these steps:
1. In Local Group Policy Editor, go to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Remote Desktop Services > Remote Desktop Session Host > Connections.
2. Double click the Restrict Remote Desktop Services user to a single Remote Desktop Services session item under the Setting region.
3. Select the Enable option in the Restrict Remote Desktop Services user to a single Remote Desktop Services session window. Then, click the OK button. See screenshot 6.


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