Use Terminal Services Manager to manage users, sessions, processes

If users are accessing servers using the Remote Desktop connection, the utility Terminal Services Manager can help you check which user is connected to a particular server and which processes he has started.

If users are accessing servers using the Remote Desktop connection, you may need to check which user is connected to a particular server and which processes he has started. The utility Terminal Services Manager comes in handy for this purpose.

First, install Terminal Server license server on your server from the Windows components wizard section in the add/remove window from the control panel.

Once you have installed Terminal Server, you should be able to open Terminal Services Manager using the following options:

Start --> Control Panel --> Administrative Tools --> Terminal Services Manager
--or--
Start --> Run and type "tsadmin" in the box.

Terminal Services Manager will show you which users are accessing a particular server in the domain. You can even end a particular user's session on that server. Similarly, you can see the processes running on a server and kill the ones you want to. Note that you need to have admin rights on the server to perform these tasks.

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This was first published in May 2006

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