How to Enable Multiple RDP Sessions on Windows Server?
Windows built-in Remote Desktop (RDP) gives you the freedom to access your PC remotely. Say, you are working on the server and at the same time another administrator connects to it and you suddenly get disconnected. This could hamper your workflow and even lead to loss of data in some cases. This isn’t some huge error that can’t be fixed; on the contrary, it simply means that multiple RDP session is disabled on your Windows Server.
In case, you are also facing issues in enabling multiple RDP sessions on Windows Server and you wish to change the default settings; then go through this guide to learn the step-by-step procedure to enable multiple RDP sessions.
How you can enable multiple RDP sessions – Single Server option. These tips are helpful for Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2012 R2 (note that this also works for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2)
- Go to Run and type ‘Regedit’; press the Enter key or click ‘OK’.
- Select folder HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.
- Now, you will find a file name ‘Default file’, double click on that file.
- A pop-up window will appear, enter ‘Value name’ and ‘Value data’ in the given fields.
- Press ‘OK’ to save the desired settings.
Once you have successfully saved the setting, multiple users can have access to the server at the same time. After making these changes you don’t need to restart your PC. Instead, you can continue working with multiple RDP sessions.
How you can enable multiple RDP sessions on Multiple Windows Server with a GPO (Group Policy Object)-
Another handy way to enable multiple RDP sessions on the Windows Active Directory is through GPO. Group Policy Object (GPO) is a template used to lock down or enforce a policy on a computer or a user. Though, there are many ways of doing this, following is the easiest one that you could check out:
- Go to Computer Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Remote Desktop Session Host > Connections section of Group Policy.
- In the Connections option, you will find the ‘Edit policy setting’ option – click on it and set ‘Allow users to connect remotely using Remote Desktop Services’ value to be enabled.
- After making the relevant changes, close the window and enjoy working on multiple RDP session on Windows Active Directory.
By default, Windows 7 does not support Multiple Remote Desktop (RDP) sessions. However, you can still make it work by utilizing third party software. There are numbers of software available, which can enable multiple RDP sessions to your PC. But, it is up to you whether you would like to take that risk or not. We recommend that you should refrain from using third party software that is unsafe and potentially hazardous.
If you are the administrator at your workplace you can facilitate your team members with multiple RDP sessions on Windows Server for a smooth working. This will surely help to ease out the tasks and speed up delivery as well.