Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2


Logs off a user from a session and deletes the session from the server.


logoff[{SessionID | SessionName}] [/server:ServerName] [/v]

  • SessionID
    Specifies the numeric ID which identifies the session to the server.
  • SessionName
    Specifies the name of the session.
  • /server: ServerName
    Specifies the terminal server containing the session whose user you want to log off. If unspecified, the server on which you are currently active is used.
  • /v
    Displays information about the actions being performed.
  • /?
    Displays help at the command prompt.
  • You can always log off from the session to which you are currently logged on. You must, however, have Full Control permission to log off users from other sessions.

  • Logging off a user from a session without warning can result in loss of data at the user's session. You should send a message to the user by using the msg command to warn the user before taking this action.

  • If no ID or name for the session is specified, logoff logs off the user from the current session. If you specify a session name, it must be an active one.

  • When you log off a user, all processes end and the session is deleted from the server.

  • You cannot log off a user from the console session.


To log off a user from the current session, type:


To log off a user from a session using the session's ID, for example session 12, type:

logoff 12

To log off a user from a session using the name of the session and server, for example session TERM04 on server WF12, type:

logoff TERM04 /server:WF12

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See Also


Command-line reference A-Z
Command shell overview
Terminal Services commands