Windows Server: allow multiple RDP sessions per user

I’ve often worked on SharePoint environments where I accidentally got kicked or kicked others because we were working with the same account on the same server via Remote Desktop. By default each user is restricted to a single session but there’s a group policy to change this.

In Windows Server 2008 you had a UI for this, but since Windows Server 2012 you have to do this via gpedit.msc. This basically enforces a setting in the Windows Registry which you could do directly:

  • Open Registry Editor (Start > Run > regedit)
  • Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server
  • Ensure the DWORD fSingleSessionPerUser exists and is set to 0


Or -even easier- create and run a .reg file with the following content:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server]


Here’s a quick link for you: ALLOW_MULTI_RDP_PER_USER.reg



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