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When you try to use the following idle session Group Policy settings on a Microsoft Windows XP Professional-based computer that is in a domain environment, they do not work:
Set time limit for disconnected sessions
Terminate session when time limits are reached
Sets a time limit for active but idle Terminal Services sessions
Note In Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 1 (SP1) or earlier, this setting is Set time limit for idle sessions.
This problem occurs because these idle session Group Policy settings were not originally designed to be used on a Microsoft Windows XP Professional-based computer that is in a domain environment. These idle session Group Policy settings do not apply to the console session (session 0).
A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.
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