Ask the Expert

Is server edition of Windows needed to create multiple remote desktops?

According to the tip, How can I create multiple remote desktop users? I need a server edition of Windows to create multiple remote desktops.

I was surprised to read this because I read another article that says if you install (or copy) the hosted files, it is possible to use multiple sessions concurrently.

Could you please tell me if the information given is correct, and if it's safe to use this method?

    Requires Free Membership to View

The only supported means of having multiple remote desktop users access a Windows machine simultaneously is to deploy Terminal Services. The Remote Desktop Client in Windows XP will only allow a single session. The article that you reference involves placing your XP workstation in an unsupported state that is in violation of the Microsoft EULA, as well as leaving the machine vulnerable to rootkits and other security issues.

This was first published in June 2006

There are Comments. Add yours.

TIP: Want to include a code block in your comment? Use <pre> or <code> tags around the desired text. Ex: <code>insert code</code>

REGISTER or login:

Forgot Password?
By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy
Sort by: OldestNewest

Forgot Password?

No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an email containing your password.

Your password has been sent to: