Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2


Logs off a user from a session and deletes the session from the server.


logoff[{SessionID | SessionName}] [/server:ServerName] [/v]

Specifies the numeric ID which identifies the session to the server.

Specifies the name of the session.

/server: ServerName
Specifies the terminal server containing the session whose user you want to log off. If unspecified, the server on which you are currently active is used.

Displays information about the actions being performed.

Displays help at the command prompt.

  • You can always log off from the session to which you are currently logged on. You must, however, have Full Control permission to log off users from other sessions.

  • Logging off a user from a session without warning can result in loss of data at the user's session. You should send a message to the user by using the msg command to warn the user before taking this action.

  • If no ID or name for the session is specified, logoff logs off the user from the current session. If you specify a session name, it must be an active one.

  • When you log off a user, all processes end and the session is deleted from the server.

  • You cannot log off a user from the console session.


To log off a user from the current session, type:


To log off a user from a session using the session's ID, for example session 12, type:

logoff 12

To log off a user from a session using the name of the session and server, for example session TERM04 on server WF12, type:

logoff TERM04 /server:WF12

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