7.5. Logging Out of Desktop Sessions

Users can end their desktop sessions in more than one way and the methods depend on whether the VRDP protocol or the MS-RDP protocol is used to connect to the desktop.

A user can log out of their desktop by clicking the "X" button on the Sun Ray Windows connector toolbar at the top of the screen. The toolbar is hidden until the mouse pointer is moved to the top of the screen. With this method, there is no difference between VRDP and MS-RDP.

Figure 7.13. The Sun Ray Windows Desktop Connector Toolbar

Screen capture showing the Sun Ray Windows Desktop connector toolbar.

A user can also use the Windows Start menu to log out of their desktop. However the Start menu has different options depending on whether VRDP or MS-RDP is used, as shown in the following figure.

Figure 7.14. Start Menus

Screen captures of the Start menu in VRDP showing the Log Off and Turn Off Computer options, and the Start menu in VRDP showing the Log Off and Disconnect options.

The Log Off button in the Start menu has a similar effect as the "X" button on the Sun Ray Windows connector toolbar and there is no difference between VRDP or MS-RDP.

If VRDP is used, the Start menu has a Turn Off Computer button. Because VRDP connects on the virtual machine level, if a user clicks this button, the Windows desktop shuts down just like a real computer. If a user shuts down their desktop in this way, the next time they log in, they have to wait for the virtual machine to go through the full boot sequence.

If MS-RDP is used, the Start menu has a Disconnect button. Because MS-RDP connects at the operating system level, if a user clicks this button, they log out of Windows and their Oracle VDI desktop session, but do not shut down the virtual machine. The next time they log in, they do not have to wait for the virtual machine to boot.

If VRDP is used and login performance is a priority, users must log out by using either The Log Off button in the Windows Start menu, or the "X" button in the Sun Ray Windows connector toolbar.