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Query user

Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista

Displays information about user sessions on a Remote Desktop Session Host (RD Session Host) server.

For examples of how to use this command, see Examples.


In Windows Server 2008 R2, Terminal Services was renamed Remote Desktop Services. To find out what's new in this version, see What’s New in Remote Desktop Services on the Windows Server TechCenter.


query user [<UserName> | <SessionName> | <SessionID>] [/server:<ServerName>]


Parameter Description


Specifies the logon name of the user that you want to query.


Specifies the name of the session that you want to query.


Specifies the ID of the session that you want to query.


Specifies the RD Session Host server that you want to query. Otherwise, the current RD Session Host server is used.


Displays help at the command prompt.


  • You can use this command to find out if a specific user is logged on to a specific RD Session Host server. Query user returns the following information:

    • The name of the user

    • The name of the session on the RD Session Host server

    • The session ID

    • The state of the session (active or disconnected)

    • The idle time (the number of minutes since the last keystroke or mouse movement at the session)

    • The date and time the user logged on

  • To use query user, you must have Full Control permission or Query Information special access permission.

  • If you use query user without specifying <UserName>, <SessionName>, or <SessionID>, a list of all users who are logged on to the server is returned. Alternatively, you can also use query session to display a list of all sessions on a server.

  • When query user returns information, a greater than (>) symbol is displayed before the current session.

  • The /server parameter is required only if you use query user from a remote server.


  • To display information about all users logged on the system, type:

    query user
  • To display information about the user USER1 on server SERVER1, type:

    query user USER1 /server:SERVER1

Additional references

Command-Line Syntax Key


Remote Desktop Services (Terminal Services) Command Reference