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We have a common machine with Windows XP installed; anybody can remotely connect to it. The problem is when user called A is already connected to that machine remotely and doing something, if some other user B remotely connects to it user A is not warned that somebody else is trying to connect; the session simply gets disconnected and the other user takes control of the system. How do we resolve it ?


  • Anybody can remotely connect to that machine
  • If a user is already connected he should be warned and he has to say 'OK' or 'Cancel' so that the other user can connect
  • If the logged in user allows the new user to connect, then the new user should see the same screens, basically the same session should be continued.
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Try Real VNC. Here you can share screen. You can configure it to allow only single remote user at a time or multiple concurrent users.

It works up to XP & Windows 2003 & on LAN. (Need to buy paid version for Vista support). Also since its screen sharing, you get the same screen & the same session.

(NOTE: From Vista onwards, in RDC, the current remote logged-in user gets a prompt when another remote user tries to login.)

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Would netmeeting remote desktop (included free with XP) be a solution?

Try typing 'conf' from the run box (without the quotes)

or look at this Microsoft KB Article

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You can enable multiple concurrent connections using RDC. This might solve your problem; you can look over this article for more information.

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This is a "hack" that might not be appreciated by the poster's company IT department (if, as I think, this question is in a corporate context) ?! – Snark Oct 13 '09 at 7:27
It is a hack, but it's better than nothing :) – alex Oct 13 '09 at 7:39
Yes, I am restricted from doing this hack :) – novice Oct 13 '09 at 7:48
Then I suggest you try a different remote client, if possible. Try looking on SuperUser for different other apps for remote access. – alex Oct 13 '09 at 8:11

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