Help – Notes for Windows Server 2003 Users
Things described in this chapter apply only to Windows Server 2003. It is strongly recommended that users of all editions of that operating system (both 32 and 64-bit versions) read and take note of the information below before running LogonExpert.
If set to perform automatic logon, LogonExpert logs on to an actual console session – just as one does with a display and keyboard when being next to the server. However, by default, Remote Desktop Connection Remote Desktop Connection is a technology that allows you to sit at a computer (sometimes called the client computer) and connect to a remote computer (sometimes called the host computer) in a different location. creates another remote session. Those two sessions can run simultaneously and independently sharing the same user name. The number of active sessions and users running them can be checked on the Users tab in Task Manager Task Manager shows you the programs, processes, and services that are currently running on your computer. You can use Task Manager to monitor your computer's performance or to close a program that is not responding. .
Task Manager showing two sessions run by one user
In view of the above, if a connection to a Windows Server 2003 machine is made remotely, a new session is initiated and, as a result, a standard logon process including the start of applications that are supposed to run on startup can be seen. This can cause some confusion if the user who is being logged on is expected to have already been logged on by LogonExpert. And while in fact they are, the process of logging on to the parallel session is taking place and being seen.
To avoid that and prevent running the second instances of the startup applications, the remote connection should be made to the console session.
- Press the Windows logo key +R.
- In the Run dialog box, type mstsc /v:server /admin in the Open box, and then click OK. Here server is the remote server's name or IP address.
Note. If the operating system running Remote Desktop Connection is Windows Vista without Service Pack 1 or Windows XP without Service Pack 3, the /console switch should be used instead of /admin.