Applies To: Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8

Logs off a user from a session on a Remote Desktop Session Host (RD Session Host) server and deletes the session from the 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 the latest version, see What’s New in Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2012 in the Windows Server TechNet Library.


logoff [<SessionName> | <SessionID>] [/server:<ServerName>] [/v]





Specifies the name of the session.


Specifies the numeric ID which identifies the session to the server.


Specifies the RD Session Host server that contains the session whose user you want to log off. If unspecified, the server on which you are currently active is used.


Displays information about the actions being performed.


Displays help at the command prompt.


  • You can always log off from the session to which you are currently logged on. You must, however, have Full Control permission to log off users from other sessions.

  • Logging off a user from a session without warning can result in loss of data at the user's session. You should send a message to the user by using the msg command to warn the user before taking this action.

  • If <SessionID> or <SessionName> is not specified, logoff logs off the user from the current session. If you specify <SessionName>, it must be an active one.

  • When you log off a user, all processes end and the session is deleted from the server.

  • You cannot log off a user from the console session.


  • To log off a user from the current session, type:

  • To log off a user from a session by using the session's ID, for example session 12, type:

    logoff 12
  • To log off a user from a session by using the name of the session and server, for example session TERM04 on Server1, type:

    logoff TERM04 /server:Server1

Additional references

Command-Line Syntax Key

Remote Desktop Services (Terminal Services) Command Reference