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					How a Remote Desktop Connection Affects
Windows XP Professional
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                                      SUMMARY
                                      MORE INFORMATION
                                        o  Not using Fast User Switching (FUS)
                                                  No User Currently Logged on to the
                                                 Console
                                                  Administrator Currently Logged on to the
                                                 Console
                                                  Non-administrator Currently Logged on to
                                                 the Console
                                        o  If Fast User Switching Is Enabled

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SUMMARY
This article describes how Microsoft Windows XP
Professional functions when you...
This article describes how Microsoft Windows XP Professional functions when you use a remote
desktop connection.
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MORE INFORMATION
Windows XP Professional includes remote desktop
functionality that you can use...
Windows XP Professional includes remote desktop functionality that you can use to connect
remotely to the console through a Terminal Services client. Only one user can use a Windows
XP Professional-based computer at a time, either by logging on to the console or by connecting
remotely. These are the scenarios you may encounter.
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Not using Fast User Switching (FUS)

No User Currently Logged on to the Console

When there are no users logged on to the console of a Windows XP Professional-based
computer, any member of the Administrators Group or the Remote Desktop Users Group may
establish a remote desktop connection.

Administrator Currently Logged on to the Console

When an administrator is logged on to the console of a Windows XP Professional-based
computer, any member of the Administrators group may establish a remote desktop connection.

If a non-administrator attempts to connect, you may receive the following error message:
The user <Domain or Computer Name>\<username> is currently logged on to this computer.
Only the current user or an administrator can log on to this computer.
If an administrator attempts to connect and is currently logged on to the console, the
administrator can connect to that console session remotely immediately.

If <administrator1> is logged on to the console and <administrator2> attempts to connect, you
receive the following error message:
The user <Domain or Computer Name>\<username> is currently logged on to this computer. If
you continue, this user's Windows session will end and any unsaved data will be lost. Do you
want to continue?
NOTE: If <administrator2> continues and logs on, <administrator1> may be disconnected.

Non-administrator Currently Logged on to the Console

When a non-administrator is logged on to the console of a Windows XP Professional-based
computer, only that user or a member of the Administrators group may establish a remote
desktop connection.

If <user1> is logged on to the console and <user2> attempts to connect, you receive the
following error message:
The user <Domain or Computer Name>\<username> is currently logged on to this computer.
Only the current user or an administrator can log on to this computer.
If a non-administrator attempts to connect and is logged on to the console, the non-administrator
can connect to that console session remotely immediately.

If a non-administrator is logged on to the console and an administrator attempts to connect, you
may receive the following error message:
The user <Domain or Computer Name>\<username> is currently logged on to this computer. If
you continue, this user's Windows session will end and any unsaved data will be lost. Do you
want to continue?
If the administrator continues, the non-administrator may be disconnected. A remote
administration connection always overrides other connections. Therefore, the local user (either
an administrator or a non-administrator) is disconnected when an administrator logs on.
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If Fast User Switching Is Enabled

If Fast User Switching is enabled the behavior will be different from when it is not enabled, since
the logged user will not be logged off, but instead will be disconnected and can resume their
session later.

When a user attempts to use Remote Desktop to connect to a remote computer that has someone
logged on it, Administrator or Limited User, they will receive the following error message:
The user <Domain or Computer Name>\<username> is currently logged on to this computer. If
you continue, <username> has to disconnect from this computer. Do you want to continue?
The user currently logged on to the remote computer will receive the following error message:
<Domain or Computer Name>\<username> is trying to connect to this computer. If you allow,
you will be disconnected, but you can resume later. Do you want to allow this connection?
If the user clicks No, the remote user will get the message:
<Domain or Computer Name>\<username> is currently logged on this computer, and did not
allow you to connect.
If the user clicks Yes or does nothing for a few seconds, the remote user will automatically
connect and disconnect the current user logged in.

If a user tries to connect remotely and nobody is logged on to the remote computer or if the user
is the one currently logged on to it, the user will connect automatically.
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                                     Microsoft Windows XP Professional

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