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Modify time limit to logon to Windows RDP session

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#1 bluesteel72


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Posted 08 October 2012 - 04:12 PM

When I connect to a remote Windows server using Windows native RDP/Remote Desktop Connection from my WinXP PC, I've got about 30 seconds to select a logon account and/or type in the password. We've recently introduced two-factor authentication for OS logon. In some cases where the remote server is slow, or there's a network lag because the server is on the other side of the globe, that 30 seconds isn't long enough for the remote server to read/interpret the cert on my smartcard and give me the opportunity to enter my smartcard password. At times, the screen just begins to give me the password field, and then it times out and ends the session. Is there some setting (either on my PC or on the remote servers) that can be changed to allow a longer period of time to enter logon credentials? Like, increase it to 45 seconds before timeout? I've been unsuccessful in finding anything online about how to extend this setting. I've looked at the Local Computer policy settings on my PC to see if any GPO's are setting that 30-second timeout -- nothing seems to be coming down from GP that I can see. I did go to Local Computer Policy > User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Terminal Services > Sessions and changed "Sets a time limit for active but idle TS sessions" from 'Not configured' to 'Disabled', but that made no difference. The idle session timeout configuration on all our remote servers it set a value much higher than 30 seconds, so I don't see that as the issue. I've looked at the Remote Desktop Connection options on my PC, but there's nothing there to help me. I would assume there's some place in the registry where this can be changed, but I've had no luck finding the right key.

If anyone knows how I can do this, please post the answer.


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#2 Firefoxthebomb


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Posted 09 October 2012 - 09:59 AM

See if this is helpful....

To Set Timeout Options for Remote Desktop Connections

1.From your computer's Start menu, point to Programs, point to Admin Tools, and then click Terminal Services Configuration.
2.In the right pane of the window, click RDP-Tcp.
3.Click the Sessions tab.
4.Specify the values you want to use.


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