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Chapter 8.8. Terminal Services > Connecting and Disconnecting Sessions - Pg. 430

Terminal Services 430 Connecting and Disconnecting Sessions You can either log off or disconnect from a Terminal Server session. Both are available on the Start menu. The command lines logoff and tsdiscon will also log off or disconnect a session, respectively. Logging off closes the session and stops all programs that the user was running. Disconnecting leaves the session running on the Terminal Server. You can reconnect later and pick up where you left off. While you are disconnected, the session continues to run your applications, except the user interface has been disconnected. This is a good way to run time-consuming tasks such as large queries. Administrators can also log off or disconnect users from the Terminal Services Manager. Right- clicking on a user will allow you to log off a user and terminate the attached session. Right-clicking a session will allow you to disconnect a user from a session. The session will continue running. Administrators can also set default timeouts for when a disconnected, idle, or active session will be disconnected/logged off. These timeouts can be set in the individual user properties on the Session tab or in the Terminal Services Configuration MMC. Best Practices · Install Terminal Services on a member server, but install Terminal Services Licensing on a do- main controller. Terminal Services uses a significant amount of memory, CPU, and network traffic. A domain controller requires the same resources. · Install Terminal Services in Remote Administration mode on every Windows 2000 server in your network. This will allow you to remotely administer your Windows 2000 servers without adding a significant performance load to your system.