RANU: Give me another TS session

If you want to user Windows Terminal Services, Microsoft says you need a server OS.  Seems like overkill.

I don’t need my Windows XP-based email machine to support 500 concurrent users.  I shouldn’t need a licensing server & a $1500 OS.

Here’s what I really want Windows XP TS to do:

  • Let me TS from the console to localhost, and get a second session.

  • Let me TS in remotely to my machine, and select either the console or a second session.

I can almost do this with Fast User Switching, but I’m on a domain.

If I had this, I could keep Administrator logged in to the second session, and myself (User) in the console.  Minimal hassle.

While I’m at it, let the second session shadow the console, and vice versa. The Remote Assistance experience is very painful.

Comments (1)

  1. Simon says:

    I was playing with the registry settings related to this about a year ago and managed to do something similar – I certainly got a local console AND a remote one logged in as two people on the same Windows XP machine.

    (Yeah yeah yeah, breach of license or something… I turned it off as it didn’t work right anyway.)

    I can’t tell you what settings I fidled with as I also lost some stuff I needed like offline files so put the registry back how it was – maybe some settings in the policies regkeys?

    I couldn’t log into the local machine over RDP anyway though – it complained about connecting to itself.