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How to limit the number of remote desktop sessions for Windows instances

Last Updated: Dec 15, 2020

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Overview

This article describes how to limit the number of remote desktop sessions on a Windows ECS instance.

 

Detail

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For more information about how to limit the number of remote desktop sessions, see the following system sections.

 

The following section describes how to limit the number of remote desktop sessions in different systems.

 

Windows 2003 system limits user's number of remote desktop sessions

The following are the steps to limit the number of remote desktop sessions on the Windows 2003 system.

  1. Click start > Management tools > Terminal services configuration.
  2. Click server settings > Limit each user to one session, clear limit each user to one session.

 

Windows 2008 system limits the number of remote desktop sessions

The following are the steps to limit the number of remote desktop sessions in Windows 2008.

  1. Click start > Management tools > Remote Desktop Services > Remote desktop session host configuration.
  2. Deselect limit each user can have only one session.

 

Windows 2012 limits the number of remote desktop sessions

The following are the steps to limit the number of remote desktop sessions in Windows 2012.

  1. Log on to the remote server. Click the PowerShell icon on the left side of the page to display the command-line interface.
  2. Run the gpedit.msc command to open the local group policy editor page. Click computer configuration > Manage templates > Windows components > Select Remote Desktop Services > Remote desktop session host > Connect.
  3. On the connections page, double-click limit Remote Desktop Services users to separate Remote Desktop Services sessions. In the dialog box that appears, select disabled and click OK.
  4. Return to the connections interface and double-click to open the limit the number of connections. Select limit the number of connections in the enabled interface > Maximum number of RD connections allowed, fill in the maximum number of concurrent remote users that you want to set, and click OK.

Application scope

  • ECS