User switching with redirected application data and other folders


  • We're currently migrating to Windows 7, and have noticed what we think might cause problems later down the road.  We currently redirection Application Data and many other things to network shares.  It appears that if a user leaves a computer locked, and someone else goes to use the computer by using the "switch" button on the locked computer then logging in as themselves, the "switch" doesn't log off the current user but leave their session running.

    We're envisioning this could cause problems with files being locked by the switched session on Computer A if that user then moves to Computer B and logs on, trying to access the same files on the network that might be locked by the Computer A session.

    Anyone have any ideas on how to remedy this?  It seemed easier with XP where if a computer was locked, an admin could log on to the computer to force log off the session of the user who forgot to log on, therefore breaking all open files of that user.

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012 5:08 PM


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  • Logging onto multiple computers with one account, and opening the same document multiple times on each computer can result in inconsistencies and loss of saved changes if the file is modified on two different computers at the same time:

    1. When the first computer with the modified document logs off, the changes are written to the network copy of the profile.
    2. When the second computer logs off, the different document version overwrites the previously saved changes during profile logout.

    You can use the same method to log on Windows 7 with administrator and end the user session.

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    Niki Han
    TechNet Community Support

    Thursday, November 22, 2012 9:03 AM
  • I understand that.  So essentially the simple way with XP of just entering admin credentials to log off a locked screen is no more, and with Windows 7 an administrator must then do a "switch", log in as themselves, then somehow within their session on the computer force a logoff of the user who had locked the computer originally?

    Thursday, November 22, 2012 1:35 PM
  • With Windows 7, an Administrator must log in with their session and then end the user session. If you have a Remote Desktop Services Manager on DC, you can end the user session there.

    Niki Han
    TechNet Community Support

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012 3:42 AM
  • Thanks.  Sounds like that's the same way Terminal Services Manager works in Server 2003.  I'm assuming you need a Server 2008 server in order to use Remote Desktop Services Manager though.  Can that be installed on other OS's?
    Tuesday, November 27, 2012 1:42 PM
  • I'm afraid it cannot be installed on other OS.

    Niki Han
    TechNet Community Support

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 5:37 AM