Change settings for reconnecting disconnected Citrix ICA sessions

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

To change settings for reconnecting disconnected Citrix ICA sessions

  • Using Group Policies (best practice)

  • Using Terminal Services Configuration

Using Group Policies (best practice)

  1. Open Group Policy.

  2. n Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, Terminal Services, Sessions, double-click the Allow reconnection from original client only setting.

  3. Click Enabled, and then click OK.


    • You should thoroughly test any changes you make to Group Policy settings before applying them to users or computers. For more information on testing policy settings, see Resultant Set of Policy.


  • This policy affects every client that connects to the terminal server. To define Session settings on a per-user basis, use the Sessions policies under User Configuration.

  • Use the above procedure to configure the local Group Policy object. To change a policy for a domain or an organizational unit, you must log on to the primary domain controller as an Administrator. Then, you must invoke Group Policy through the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in.

Using Terminal Services Configuration

  1. Open Terminal Services Configuration.

  2. In the console tree, click Connections.

  3. In the details pane, right-click the connection you want to modify, and then click Properties.

  4. On the Sessions tab, above Allow reconnection, select the Override user settings check box.

    This allows you to configure reconnection settings for the connection.

  5. Under Allow reconnection, do one of the following:

    • Click From any client to allow the user to reconnect to a disconnected session from any computer.

    • Click From previous client to allow the user to reconnect to a disconnected session from only the client computer where the session originated.


    • To open Terminal Services Configuration, click Start, click Control Panel, double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Terminal Services Configuration.


  • To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Administrators group on the local computer, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority. If the computer is joined to a domain, members of the Domain Admins group might be able to perform this procedure. As a security best practice, consider using Run as to perform this procedure. For more information, see Default local groups, Default groups, and Using Run as.

  • Group Policy overrides the configuration set with the Terminal Services Configuration tool.

  • This setting is supported only for Citrix┬áICA-based clients.

  • By default, you can reconnect to a disconnected session from any computer.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

See Also


Working with MMC console files
Configuring session limits
Set time-out settings for disconnected, active, and idle sessions
Change settings for when a session limit is reached or connection is broken
Configuring Terminal Services with Group Policy
Group Policy (pre-GPMC)