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Simultaneous access of remote computer by multiple user using single account

    Question

  • To start with I am not Networking guy and don't have much knowledge about networking.

    I have requirement to setup one remote computer which would have multiple accounts (multiple log in), however, multiple user should be able to log in at the same time (simultaneously) and each user should use their own credentials to log in to server. However, when they log in to server they should see their own desktop, meaning they should see software installed by them and they should have their own outlook, like a separate copy of windows XP.

    I also wants to have one shared account in the same remote server and log in credentials of that account would be shared with multiple users so that it can be accessed by multiple users at the same time(simultaneously). But here I have one confusion that if multiple user would log in to same account at the same time(simultaneously) then who would be able to perform different operation in that account. For example, if two users log in using same username and password and if they both try to access web browser (Firefox, Google chrome) then who would be able to access browser? can both user access web browser same time(simultaneously)  or one at a time?

    Any help would be highly appreciated.

    Thanks & Regards,
    Ashish

    Saturday, January 26, 2013 5:34 PM

Answers

  • Ashish,

    See http://www.hosting.com/support/windows-server-2008/enable-multiple-rdc-sessions-from-one-user for a group policy that will enable multiple concurrent sessions for the same user account.  I have not used this before so I do not know what the actual result would be like.  I would expect separate sessions so the users could overall work without interfering with each other (each have a separate instance of Firefox).  I would however expect some potentially unwanted interplay as the users will share the same profile, registry settings, etc (browser history, cookies).

    In general I would carefully consider allowing multiple users to work with the same account.  Perhaps there is another solution that would meet your needs.

    Regards

    Sunday, January 27, 2013 4:22 AM
  • Hi,

    I agree. You can disable the group policy Restrict Remote Desktop Services users to a single remote session. However, it’s not recommended. For more information, you may refer to the below article. Hope it helps.

    Restrict Users to a Single Session
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc754762.aspx

     

    Best Regards,
    Aiden


    Aiden Cao
    TechNet Community Support

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013 5:42 AM

All replies

  • Ashish,

    See http://www.hosting.com/support/windows-server-2008/enable-multiple-rdc-sessions-from-one-user for a group policy that will enable multiple concurrent sessions for the same user account.  I have not used this before so I do not know what the actual result would be like.  I would expect separate sessions so the users could overall work without interfering with each other (each have a separate instance of Firefox).  I would however expect some potentially unwanted interplay as the users will share the same profile, registry settings, etc (browser history, cookies).

    In general I would carefully consider allowing multiple users to work with the same account.  Perhaps there is another solution that would meet your needs.

    Regards

    Sunday, January 27, 2013 4:22 AM
  • Hi,

    I agree. You can disable the group policy Restrict Remote Desktop Services users to a single remote session. However, it’s not recommended. For more information, you may refer to the below article. Hope it helps.

    Restrict Users to a Single Session
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc754762.aspx

     

    Best Regards,
    Aiden


    Aiden Cao
    TechNet Community Support

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013 5:42 AM