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I want to connect to my rdp but when i want to logon in my remote desktop , after puting user and pass i get this error :

the terminal server has exceeded the maximum number of allowed connections

my server : windows 2003 . what am i going to do ? please help me . Thanks in advance

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I'm guessing you're running in the default mode where it only allows two simultaneous connections. There are already two idle sessions connected, so you probably just need to fire up Terminal Server manager and kill one (or more) of the idle sessions. You'll be able to connect after doing this.

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how can i kill one of the sessions ? thanks – Eva Jun 22 '10 at 15:23
From the horse's mouth: – EEAA Jun 22 '10 at 15:26

Connect to the server's console via RDP then fire up Terminal Services Manager to kill off one of the two in-use sessions (which are probably idle due to someone forgetting to log off).

mstsc /admin /v:serverName
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yikes. My answer is startling similar to ErikA's. Honest, I was slowly typing while watching a horrible webinar, not plagiarizing! – Chris_K Jun 22 '10 at 15:40
Happens all the time. Don't worry about it. – Chris S Jun 22 '10 at 15:44
No problem at all. – EEAA Jun 22 '10 at 16:09

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