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Several times I came across a situation where one of the users on a Windows Server host with an RDS (Remote Desktop Services) role ran an application that leaked and occupied all available RAM. It was impossible to connect to such a host via RDP remotely. To kill the leaked process, you need to remotely logoff this user.

Syntax of logoff.exe command:

logoff /server:<servername> <session ID> /v

The logoff command accepts the ID of the user session to end the session. To get a list of active user sessions on a remote computer, run the command:

quser /server:RemoteComputerName

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quser - get user sessions from remote Windows host

In this case, the admin user logs in locally (to the computer’s console). Its session id is 1.

You can get the session ID of a specific user:

quser /server:RemoteComputerName j.smith<
Note. If the user is connected via Remote Desktop, the rdp-tcp#X will be specified in the SESSIONNAME column.

You can remotely force logoff a user’s session by its session ID. Run the command:

logoff 1 /SERVER:RemoteComputerName /v

Logging off session ID 1

When a user session ends, all of its running processes will be killed. Check that there are no active sessions left on the remote computer:

quser /server:RemoteComputerName

No User exists for *

You can use a small BAT script to logoff all active and disconnected user sessions on multiple terminal (RDS) hosts:

@echo off
set servers=IST-RDS1 IST-RDS2
for %%s in (%servers%) do (
qwinsta /server:%%s | for /f "tokens=3" %%i in ('findstr /I "%username%"') do logoff /server:%%s %%i /v

You can also use the built-in rwinsta command to reset a user session remotely:

rwinsta rdp-tcp#12 /server:IST-RDS2


rwinsta 22 /server:IST-RDS2


You can grant non-admin users permission to logoff/disconnect RDS user sessions using the command:

wmic /namespace:\\root\CIMV2\TerminalServices PATH Win32_TSPermissionsSetting WHERE (TerminalName ="RDP-Tcp") CALL AddAccount "domain\group",2
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