How do I configure session time limits?

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Sometimes you might want to set specific time limits or change the default behaviour for disconnected remote desktop users.

You can simply set some group policies, which give you a more detailed control over the session handling:

  1. Open your group policy editor (Start -> Run -> gpedit.msc)
  2. Navigate to Local Computer Policy -> Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Remote Desktop Services -> Remote Desktop Session Host -> Session Time Limits
  3. Please reboot your machine, after you have changed a group policy.

Please note, if your machine is joined to a domain, a domain group policy might overwrite your local group policy.

Following policies are available:

  • Set time limit for disconnected sessions

    Specify the maximum amount of time that a disconnected session remains active on the server.

  • Set time limit for active but idle sessions

    Enable this policy to set to disconnect active but idle remote desktop sessions after a specified amount of time.

  • Set time limit for active sessions

    Set a time limit to automatically disconnect active sessions after the specified amount of time.

  • End sessions when time limits are reached

    Specify a time limit for active or idle remote desktop sessions. The user will get logged out instead of disconnected.

Last updated: 22 Jul 2021

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