October 06, 2003, 12:00 AM — Windows 2003 Server, released earlier this year, includes a feature that
has received little attention. It's dubbed the "direct console session".
In Windows 2000, you had the ability to install Terminal Services in two
different modes - Application Server mode or Remote Administration mode.
Both modes inherently used the same technology, however in Application
Server mode the server settings were optimized to allow multiple
concurrent sessions to be created, whereas in Remote Administration
mode, you get a stripped down version of Terminal Services that only
allows for two concurrent sessions to be created. While you could do
most of your routine administrative duties via this remote session,
since you don