This article describes the different methods you can use to
configure the Terminal Services Session Directory service.
The Terminal Services Session Directory service is a
database that keeps track of sessions on terminal servers in a cluster and
provides the information that is used at connection time to connect users to
The Session Directory server can be any
Windows Server 2003-based computer that is visible on the network and that is
running the Terminal Services Session Directory service. As a best practice,
the Session Directory server should be a highly available network server that
is not a terminal server.
There are two methods you can use to
configure Session Directory settings:
Use Group Policies (Best Practice)
- Click Start, click Run, type gpedit.msc, and then press
- Double-click the following items, and then enable the
Session Directory Active policy:
- Computer Configuration
- Administrative Templates
- Windows Components
- Terminal Services
- Session Directory
- Enable the Session Directory Server policy, and then type
the name of the server where the Terminal Services Session directory service is
running in Session Directory Server.
- Enable the Session Directory Cluster Name policy, and then
type the name of the cluster to which the Terminal Server belongs in Session
Directory Cluster Name.
: Use this method to configure the local Group Policy Object. To
change a policy for a domain or an Organizational Unit, you must log on to the
first domain controller as an administrator. Then, you must invoke the Group
Policy through the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in. For
information about how to apply a Group Policy to groups of users or computers,
see Configuring Terminal Services with Group Policies. Note that a Group Policy
overrides a configuration that is set with the Terminal Services Configuration
Use the Terminal Services Configuration Tool
- Click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Terminal Services Configuration.
- In the console tree, click Server Settings.
- In the Details pane, right-click Session Directory, and then click Properties.
- Click to select the Join session directory check box.
- In the Cluster name box, type the name of the terminal server cluster for this
- In the Session directory server name box, type the DNS name or IP address of the domain server where
the Terminal Services Session Directory service is running. Note that the
server name must be a valid server name, and you cannot leave this box empty.
Also, the server name cannot be localhost or 127.0.0.1.
Article ID: 301923 - Last Review: March 2, 2007 - Revision: 4.3
- Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (32-bit x86)
- Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86)
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