How do I find out which remote desktop sessions are active on a Windows Server 2003 box?

  • Here's the same question for Windows Server 2012, in which Terminal Services Manager is no longer available: serverfault.com/questions/471224/….
    – user82769
    Commented Jan 20, 2015 at 16:59

5 Answers 5


Start -> Administrative tools -> Terminal Services Manager

Click on your servers name and it will list the active sessions on the right, there is also a field for the session state. Another tab called 'Sessions' will show active users, listeners and the console sessions.


The commandline way, which you can even remotely use, is

qwinsta /SERVER:{servername}

which will list the current sessions and their status, and with

rwinsta /SERVER:{servername} {sessionid}

and the proper privileges you can disconnect a session, particularly useful when the limit has been reached and you are not connected.

{sessionid} is the ID number listed in qwinsta's result

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    I get "qwinsta : No session exists for *" but running "query user" on the server directly clearly shows two sessions.
    – rob
    Commented Oct 2, 2017 at 13:52

If you have a remote desktop open to the server in question, you can see other sessions on the same server in the Task Manager (Ctrl-Shift-Esc).

  • Yes and the good thing, is that you can even disconnect or logged them out (if you're admin).
    – рüффп
    Commented Jul 16, 2021 at 9:55

I'm a developer who was unable to RDP to a server because all available sessions were in use. I don't have Terminal Services manager, so none of the answers above applied. I use powershell for this kind of Windows service management, and I had success using the PowerShell module PSTerminalServices, which is from a MS employee (or group). Hit the link to install the MSI, then run the following from PowerShell:

Import-Module PSTerminalServices
Get-TSSession -ComputerName _MyRDPServer_ | Out-GridView

Using Task Manager you can click on the Users Tab to see which sessions are running. Right-click on a User to disconnect or logoff.

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