Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Restarting Remote Desktop on Windows 2003

N.B. This entry pertains to the 2 seat terminal services instance that is enabled by allowing remote access in the system applet and not regular terminal services

In order to do this, you really need to restart the terminal services service, but it will be grayed out. You'll need to kill the appropriate svchost entry for terminal services.

1. tasklist /svc | findstr /I termserv

(note the process ID of the entry above)
an example output listing:

svchost.exe       8760  TermService

You'll need to forcefully kill the process with /F:

2. kill off the service using the PID above (in this instance, 8760 - your PID will vary!)

taskkill /F /PID 8760

3. Now, you can start it again:

net start TermService

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