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Safe Computing - Set a Time limit on Remote Desktop Sessions

Remote Desktop Sessions by default in Windows can remain open even if nothing is happening on the computer. This could lead to a compromise or make a compromised computer even more dangerous.

The following directions will allow you to make sure that the Remote Desktop sessions timeout in an idle session. 

  1. Click the Start button 
  2. Type "gpedit" (No Quotes) hit Enter 
  3. Select Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Remote Desktop Service > Remote Desktop Session Host > Session Time Limits
  4. Double-Click Set time limit for active but idle Remote Desktop Services sessions 
    1. Select Enabled 
    2. Use the Drop Down box to select 30 minutes 
    3. Click Apply 
    4. Click OK 
  5. Double-Click Set time limit for disconnected sessions 
    1. Select Enabled 
    2. Use the Drop Down box to select 30 minutes 
    3. Click Apply 
    4. Click OK 
  6. (Optional) Double-Click Set time limit for active Remote Desktop Services sessions (If there is a need to limit the time an active Remote Desktop session is needed) 
    1. Select Enabled 
    2. Use the Drop Down box to select 30 minutes 
    3. Click Apply 
    4. Click OK 
  7. Double-Click End session when time limits are reached 
    1. Select Enabled 
    2. Click Apply 
    3. Click OK 
  8. Close the Group Policy Editor 
  9. Reboot Computer




Keywords:remote, timer, limit, idle   Doc ID:106817
Owner:Carson S.Group:IT Knowledge Base
Created:2020-10-23 16:26 CSTUpdated:2020-11-10 14:21 CST
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