In order to conserve server resources, I would like to enable a GPO which terminates disconnected RDP sessions after a certain time period. However, there are times when we might want to bypass this setting to accomplish a one-off task.
When connecting to Server 2003, this could be accomplished by using /console (or /admin depending on your RDP client version). As stated in the GPO settings information, this allows you to bypass the idle timeout settings: "If you have a console session, disconnected session time limits do not apply."
However, in Server 2008, there is no more console session available to RDP users, it's restricted to services only. Is there any work around for this? We would really like to avoid having disconnected sessions that sit around indefinitely, but want to retain the ability to bypass this for one-off processes, as you could in Server 2003.