Steve Fenton

Configure remote desktop connection disconnected session timeout

In older versions of Windows, you could set disconnected Remote Desktop Connections to timeout after a set period using the Remote Desktop Session Host Configuration.

In Windows Server 2012, you may find that Remote Desktop Session Host Configuration is missing from your Administration Tools – but don’t despair as you can configure this using group policy.

Open group policy admin and navigate to User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Remote Desktop Services…

RDP Disconnected Session Step 1

Expand Remote Desktop Session Host Configuration -> Session Time Limits and select “Set time limit for disconnected sessions”…

RDP Disconnected Session Step 2

And finally, set the item to “Enabled” and select time limit that should elapse before ending the disconnected session…

RDP Disconnected Session Step 3

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