RE: Multiple entries of the same user under "Current Sessions"

From: Karl Westerholm [MS] (
Date: 07/06/02

From: (Karl Westerholm [MS])
Date: Fri, 05 Jul 2002 23:40:17 GMT


   How do your users typically connect to the server? Through browsers,
FTP clients, or through the command-line? Depending on which method is
used, you may well see multiple entries in the 'current sessions' list that
do in fact reflect the way in which the user connected. (i.e., they have
several sessions open simultaneously.)

For example:

- If I fire up a command-prompt & connect to an IIS5/FTP server via an
authenticated account, for the duration of that session I see only a single
username listed in the 'current sessions' window.

- If I leave one command-window open & connected, and then fire up a second
cmd-window and connect with the identical account name, I will see now 2
entries for the same user. In this case, for valid reasons. (i.e., I have
multiple connections for that use open)

- In another example, if I fire up a copy of IE6 and hit 'ftp://localhost'
(which then prompts me to authenticate as user) I will see 2 connections,
also from the same user. Again, this is inherent in the way that browser
is connecting and is not necessarily indicative of a problem.

- Other 3rd-party FTP clients may have different behaviors, perhaps
allowing reconnections under same username/password to download subsequent
files in a new session...which could also lead to multiple entries in
'current sessions'.
   One other thing to keep in mind: You may have a user listed as
'connected' in that dialog box who is not actually physically connected on
their end anymore. The FTP service has a default timeout of 900 seconds so
if an FTP client/user has not disconnected gracefully in that time of no
activity...they may still appear in the list of active sessions. (for
example, if a user connected briefly but then experienced a machine crash
or network disconnectivity)



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| Content-Class: urn:content-classes:message
| From: "Andre" <>
| Sender: "Andre" <>
| Subject: Multiple entries of the same user under "Current Sessions"
| Date: Tue, 2 Jul 2002 11:39:05 -0700

| We have an FTP site that does not allow Anonymous access.
| When I look under currrent seesions, i see the same users
| connected with multiple entries. Each entry has a
| different time stamp.
| Multiple entries of the same user under "Current Sessions"

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