Usually, RDP server providers give you a single remote desktop connection by default, even when you buy admin RDP, which if you log in to the same RDP with a different device, the first session will be lost! but how can we enable multiple concurrent remote desktops? In this article, first, we will discover how to enable two RDP sessions, and then multiple RDP sessions.
Windows server’s Remote Desktop feature has to be enabled, if it is not and you have not remote access to the server, use this tutorial(click) to enable it.
Enable Multiple Remote Sessions
- Login to your RDP server.
- Press Windows Logo Key (also known as Windows Key) and R key simultaneously to open Run.
- Type gpedit.msc and press OK to open Local Group Policy Editor.
- Go to the following path:
Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> windows Component -> Remote Desktop Services -> remote desktop session host -> connections
- We need to edit two files here,
Edit the Restrict Remote Desktop Services users to a single Remote Desktop Services Session and put the status on Disabled, Press OK.
Also, edit the Limit number of connections and put the status on Enabled, Increase the RD Maximum Connection allowed to 2.
Note: If you set it more than 2, it won’t make any difference, because you can just make two concurrent sessions in this case!
- it’s done, now you should able to remote two RDP sessions at the same time.
Allow More Than 2 Remote Sessions
To allow more remote users on your Windows server you need to install the RDS(Remote Desktop Services). it will give you 120 days free trial for this feature. Here we will install RDS without ADDC(active directory domain controller).
- Open Server Manager.
- In Dashboard, select Add roles and features.
- Choose Role-based or feature-based installation in the Installation Type step, and click Next.
- Choose Select a server from the server pool in the Server Selection step and go ahead.
- Tick the Remote Desktop Service check-box in the Server Roles step and click Next.
- Go ahead Features step by default options.
- Tick the Remote Desktop Connection Broker and Remote Desktop Session Host check-boxes, and click Next.
Note: Maybe it will ask you to install some pre-required role services or features, which you should accept.
Note: If you want to use the RDS deployment beyond the 120-days trial period, you’ll need to install the Remote Desktop Licensing role too.
- In the last step, tick the “Restart the destination server automatically if required”, and press Install.
Note: it will take a while to be installed completely, and the server may need a few reboots.
That’s it, now you should just increase the RD Maximum Connection allowed in the Limit number of connections file (example: 99) and set both files status’ which we described how you can do above already!(step 2-7 in “Enable multiple remote session” section)
Create New Remote Desktop Users
In order to administrate RDP sessions, it is better to create separate users. however, you can connect multiple times to RDP with a single user at the same time!
- Open the Computer Management. (Type compmgmt.msc in the Run and press Enter)
- Go to
Computer Management(Local) -> Local User and Groups -> Users, Right-click on Users and select New User…
Note: Also you should add new users to Remote Desktop Users Group!
- Fill the fields and create as many users as you want!
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