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I am trying to launch an application on a Windows 2003 server via logging into it remotely from my Windows 7 machine. When I log off of the server, I notice that it closes the application as well. Is there a way I can configure the server to keep my app running after I log out of the server?

p.s. It is a GUI app and I have tried to configure it as a service but that isn't working as intended.

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If you can't get it to work as a service, just disconnect from the RDP sessions instead of logging out.

"Logging Off" versus "Disconnecting" from remote desktop sessions

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Make sure the server is configured to not close disconnected sessions faster than you'd like to reconnect. – Keith Stokes Jan 16 '12 at 21:26
Well in this case, the app should run unmonitored for weeks. And since the server is set up to only allow 2 remote connections, leaving one in a disconnected state could fill up the allowable limit of remote sessions. – CheckRaise Jan 17 '12 at 17:05

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