I have a Windows Server 2012 Standard machine at home that I connect to via Remote Desktop from work. The problem is my RDP session stays active even if my local machine is locked. I'd like my remote computer to lock after a couple minutes of inactivity. I've tried setting the screensaver and changing power options but none of these have worked. Anyone have any tips?

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The idea is that you are enabling the screensaver option, but instead of specifying a real screensaver, you just make Windows execute the following command: %windir%\system32\rundll32.exe user32.dll,LockWorkStation

This only locks the workstation without actually launching a screensaver.

Check the link for more detailed info.

  • Thanks for the tip. I tried creating a scheduled task based on idle time with the command you mentioned but I wasn't able to get it to work. What I eventually did is install the Remote Desktop Services role then configure the following GPO policy: Computer Configuration>Administrative Templates>Windows Components>Remote Desktop Services>Remote Desktop Session Host>Session Time Limit>Set time limit for active but idle session. I set it for 5 minutes and it disconnects my session which is good enough for me. I got the info from this TechNet article: goo.gl/dgfWlM Sep 24, 2015 at 17:46

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