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This guide will explain how to allow multiple sessions in a Windows VPS. A common usage case for this would be to allow a developed application or a remotely accessed support desktop. Additionally, there will be some information on where to purchase the RDS CAL license directly from Microsoft to allow for many users.
It may be best to consider a higher specification VPS or a Dedicated Server if you wish to use more than 3 users per machine, as the overall performance of the VPS will degrade per user.
Step 1. Connect to the Windows Server session by RDP.
Step 2. Click The Search button next to the start menu (Windows 2016) or typing into the start menu (Windows Server 2012)
Step 3. Enter in gpedit.msc
Step 4. Once Group Policy Editor had loaded, navigate to Computer Configuration, next Administrative Templates, then Windows Components, Remote Desktop Services, and Remote Desktop Session host.
Step 5. From there, you should see a folder marked as Connections. Click on it.
Step 6. Next right click with your mouse on Limit Number of Connections and click Edit.
Step 7. From there, you can set the number to the limit you wish to have or turn it off.
To access more than two sessions at a time, you will want to purchase an RDS Cal license from a certified provider. You can purchase a Remote Desktop Service Client Access License from Microsoft.
Step 8. Next, click Next Setting until you are at the Restrict Remote Desktop Services users to a single Remote Desktop Services session screen so you can edit this setting.
Step 9. In this window, you can click Disabled to turn off the user restrictions.
Step 10. Finally, reboot the server from your Cloud Control Overview page, and the group policy changes should automatically apply.
The process to reverse the changes is easy. You would follow the same steps above and set the desired Group Policies to Not Configured and select Enabled or Disabled.
Written by Hostwinds Team / December 10, 2018