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Updated: January 21, 2005

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


The Sessions tab of the Terminal Services Extension provides settings for limiting the time length of sessions based on their current state (active, idle, or disconnected). You can also specify what action to take when a session has reached a time limit.


Time-out setting Description

End a disconnected session

Specifies the maximum duration that a disconnected session is retained. The session is reset and can no longer be reconnected after the time limit has expired. For more information, see Set the maximum time a disconnected session remains active.

Active session limit

Specifies the maximum connection duration. When the time limit is reached, the session will either be disconnected, leaving the session active on the server, or reset. Set the maximum duration of an active session.

Idle session limit

Specifies the maximum idle time (time without connection activity) allowed before the session is disconnected or reset. The session is disconnected or reset when the interval elapses without any activity at the connection. Set the maximum idle time for a session.


  • If Never is selected, the timer is disabled.

When the connection to the server is broken for any reason, including a request, a connection error, or an idle or active limit is reached, the client session is either placed into the disconnected state or it is reset. A session that is reset can no longer be activated by a user and is closed. A disconnected session is left active on the server and is available for reconnection. For more information, see Change settings for when a session limit is reached or a connection is broken.

Disconnected sessions

By default, a terminal server allows you to reconnect to a disconnected session from any computer. However, to allow only the original client computer to reconnect the session, you can specify that a user can only reconnect to a disconnected session from the computer where the session originated. This option is supported only for Citrix ICA clients that provide a serial number when connecting.

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