I'm working with RDP sessions quite frequently. As we work in teams and all use the same user account on a particular computer (I know...) I was wondering if there was a way to display from which computer (hostname, computername) the person is connecting.
The login screen I get when two users are already connected looks like this (german):

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I'd love it, if the screen would display from where the logged in user is connecting e.g. "COMPUTER\user connected from MYCOMPUTERNAME". This way I would know whom to ask to disconnect so I can hop onto the session.
If I remember correctly the login screen looked different for previous Windows versions including this connection information. Any way I can easily enable this or is this just standard windows behavior and there is no way to tell from where the user is connecting (btw: Task Manager shows the computername of the connected user).

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I have recently started using Remote Desktop Connection Manager, and once if its features is that you can right click on a server and list the sessions it has open.

This will tell you the session status, the username and also where they are logged in from - giving you a clue as to who you can ask to disconnect

The list sessions feature works on Server 2003, as well as 2008 R2. I don't have any 2008 boxes to test against, but I assume it will work without issue there too.

  • RDCman is useful, but yet it is another tool I would need to use - I have tried it as it was released, but think there are better (more mature) remote desktop managers available. Good to know you can list the sessions though. I was really asking about the standard login screen of Server 2008 or 2008 R2
    – Dennis G
    Sep 3, 2010 at 4:44

doubt you can change it. Also, i don't believe windows 2003 showed you this information either. It showed the same information, only difference was it was shown in a listbox. Not even the terminal services manager console shows you the host the user is logged in from.

Maybe you can sneak in via the backdoor & connect to the console & use taskman to figure out who to boot? Or maybe it's time you finally consider using more then one login.

  • yes to console and yes to more than one login - I was just wondering whether there was a different way
    – Dennis G
    Mar 22, 2010 at 18:55

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