Using Command Prompt to log off terminal / Remote User – #vDM30in30

A quick post. I had an issue the other day where I had to remotely administer a server on another site. When I logged in I was greeted by a white screen.

I needed to boot off this account and then log back in as the same user. Unfortunately this was the only administrator account available.

So I logged as a power user, opened up a command prompt by holding down “Shift” + Right Click to display the “Run as different user” option.

I then used the following options to view the logged in users and their session ID’s and used that information to log off the troublesome account.

SET PATH = %PATH%;C:WindowsSystem32DLLCache;
quser /Server:Localhost

This allows you to query the user  sessions on the local server or a remote device.

C:\>quser /?
Display information about users logged on to the system.

QUERY USER [username | sessionname | sessionid] [/SERVER:servername]

  username            Identifies the username.
  sessionname         Identifies the session named sessionname.
  sessionid           Identifies the session with ID sessionid.
  /SERVER:servername  The server to be queried (default is current).

From here, I take the Session ID and execute the “logoff” command pointing to the localhost.

logoff /Server:localhost 6 /v

Below are the options available with this command, the 6 represents the sessionID, and /v outputs the details to the console

C:\d.lewis>logoff /?
Terminates a session.

LOGOFF [sessionname | sessionid] [/SERVER:servername] [/V] [/VM]

  sessionname         The name of the session.
  sessionid           The ID of the session.
  /SERVER:servername  Specifies the Remote Desktop server containing the user
                      session to log off (default is current).
  /V                  Displays information about the actions performed.
  /VM                 Logs off a session on server or within virtual machine. The unique ID of the session needs to be specified.

Finally hears a screenshot of my console window.

command line log off user.JP



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