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I have tried to look up in Internet and didn't find answers. Moreover, I didn't understand very well this explanation.

Can someone explain what Window Station is in simple terms? Where do you use it? When? How do they work?

  • It is the blue screen of windows. See, a train stop at a train station. And when windows stop that is a windows station. – Hennes Jul 17 '16 at 12:24
  • But seriously. We have "unix workstations" (running unix), "Linux workstations" (running Linux) and ... .Windows [work]stations... runnign windows. So any desktop or workstation with windows on it may be labeled a windows station. – Hennes Jul 17 '16 at 12:24
  • @Hennes I understand. You can put it as answer – Pichi Wuana Jul 17 '16 at 12:26
  • Kind a started writing it as a joke. Then realised it was a serious question. I rarely heard this term though, most as "a Mac station or a windows station'. – Hennes Jul 17 '16 at 12:28
  • @Hennes Isn't the blue screen you mean the blue screen of death? – Pichi Wuana Jul 17 '16 at 12:30
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https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/askperf/2007/07/24/sessions-desktops-and-windows-stations/ seems to cover it - I found it by googling for 'windows station object" (since your article refers to Each window station object is a securable object and that seemed like a good place to go deeper)

A session consists of all of the processes and other system objects that represent a single user’s logon session. These objects include all windows, desktops and windows stations. A desktop is a session-specific paged pool area and loads in the kernel memory space. This area is where session-private GUI objects are allocated from. A windows station is basically a security boundary to contain desktops and processes. So, a session may contain more than one Windows Station and each windows station can have multiple desktops.

Seems to be a useful starting point.

They even have a lovely image showing the relationship between these things

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Essentially a windows station 'contains' the 'desktops' and processes for a user. A session contains a windows station, which contains one or more desktops - with a 'desktop' being a login window, a 'session' of windows as we understand it, or UAC.

The article goes into much more detail (than I can understand tbh) but the windows performance blogs seem to be a much better in depth resource for these things.

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