Lately, I have been noticing a problem with Visual Studio’s local web development server and terminal services.  I use Windows 7 Professional, which works wonderfully.  Often, I will lock the workstation and remotely connect to the workstation via RDP when I am at home.

Occasionally, I will have a problem getting to the desktop.  The symptom is that the terminal services client will negotiate a connection, go past the login screen after credentials are submitted, show the welcome screen for a second or so, and then… the screen just goes blank and does not recover.

As it happened over time, I began to notice that the problem only seemed to occur if I left the desktop in a state where the Visual Studio local web server was running.  Even though the screen goes blank, all of the service ports are running and responding.

Just a head’s up in case you encounter this.