Would you like to learn how to use a group policy to perform the Logout of the Remote desktop users after a period of inactivity on Windows? In this tutorial, we will show you how to create a group policy to disconnect the remote desktop users after a 5 minutes period of inactivity.

• Windows 2012 R2
• Windows 2016
• Windows 2019
• Windows 10
• Windows 7

After a period of inactivity, the Remote desktop user will perform an automatic logoff from the computer and all work not saved will be lost.

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Tutorial GPO - Logoff Remote desktop users after an inactivity period

On the domain controller, open the group policy management tool.

Windows 2012 - Group Policy Management

Create a new group policy.

Windows 2012 - Group Policy Objects

Enter a name for the new group policy.

Windows - Add GPO

In our example, the new GPO was named: MY-GPO.

On the Group Policy Management screen, expand the folder named Group Policy Objects.

Right-click your new Group Policy Object and select the Edit option.

Windows - Edit GPO

On the group policy editor screen, expand the User configuration folder and locate the following item.

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Access the folder named Session time limits.

GPO - Rdesktop Disconnect inactive connection

Enable the item named: Set time limit for active but IDLE Remote desktop service sessions.

Select the desired time limit for the inactive session.

GPO - Disconnect remote desctop inactive session

In our example, a  time limit of 5 minutes of inactivity was configured.

Enable the item named: End session when time limits are reached.

This setting will be responsible for the user Logoff after the inactivity period is reached.

GPO - End session when time limit are reached

To save the group policy configuration, you need to close the Group Policy editor.

The system will present a warning message 2 minutes before disconnecting the Remote desktop session.

GPO - Remote desktop inactive session warning

Congratulations! You have finished the group policy configuration to Logout Remote desktop users after an inactivity time limit.

Tutorial GPO - Logout Remote desktop users after inactivity period

On the Group policy management screen, you need to right-click the Organizational Unit desired and select the option to link an existent GPO.

Windows-2012-Applocker application

In our example, we are going to link the group policy named MY-GPO to the root of the domain.

GPO- tutorial linking

After applying the GPO you need to wait for 10 or 20 minutes.

During this time the GPO will be replicated to other domain controllers.

In our example, we used a GPO to configure a time limit to inactive Remote desktop sessions.