Reset session

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

Reset session

Enables you to reset (delete) a session from the terminal server.


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

  • SessionName
    The name of the session you want to reset. To determine the name of the session, use the query session command.
  • SessionID
    The ID of the session to reset.
  • /server: ServerName
    Specifies the terminal server containing the session you want to reset. Otherwise, the current terminal server is used.
  • /v
    Displays information about the actions being performed.
  • /?
    Displays help at the command prompt.
  • You can always reset your own sessions, but you must have Full Control access permission to reset another user's session.

  • Be aware that resetting a user's session without warning the user can result in the loss of data at the session.

  • You should reset a session only when it malfunctions or appears to have stopped responding.

  • The /server parameter is required only if you use reset session from a remote server.


To reset the session designated rdp-tcp#6, type:

reset session rdp-tcp#6

To reset the session using session ID 3, type:

reset session 3

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See Also


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