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Cool New Feature to Look Out For: Terminal Server RemoteApp

One of the many new and exciting features available in Windows 2008 Terminal Server is RemoteApp. RemoteApp is a seamless windows mechanism that allows users to connect to specific applications through Terminal Services. Similar to Citrix’s Published Applications, RemoteApp applications integrate seamlessly into the client desktop and appear as though they are running locally on […]

Working With Terminal Services Remote Applications (Part 1)

Back in the fall of 2006, I wrote an article for this site regarding a new Windows Server 2008 feature called Terminal Services Remote Programs. At the time that I wrote that article, Windows Server 2008 was still in beta testing. Since that time, Microsoft has renamed Windows Terminal Services Remote Programs to Terminal Service […]

Managing Remote Desktop Services (aka Terminal Services) using Windows PowerShell

Microsoft has releases the Beta release of Windows Server 2008 R2 supports managing Remote Desktop Services using PowerShell. You can now configure and manage all RDS role services and components using PowerShell. For example, below are few management tasks that you can now do with PowerShell. View and edit configuration settings of Remote Desktop server […]

First Look at the Updated Remote Desktop Services Web Access Portal in Windows Server 2008 R2

Douglas Brown
With the first public beta release of Windows Server 2008 R2 comes a new version of Remote Desktop Servers (RDS), formerly known as Terminal Services.   RDS ships with a slew of new features and some that have been updated. In this short article, I wanted to give you a quick peek at the new look and […]

Refresher: Microsoft’s New Names for Terminal Services – Now Called Remote Desktop Services Presentation Virtualization

Douglas Brown
As many of you know, the folks at Microsoft are moving away from the name "Terminal Services" and replacing it with the new name, "Remote Desktop Services’ and/or "RDS" in future releases of their Presentation Virtualization solution. In fact, now that the first public beta of Windows Server 2008 R2 have hit the download sites I thought it […]

Announcing Windows Server 2008 R2 Public Beta!

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Why You Should Sign RDP Files And How To Script The Signing

RDP file signing is all about security.  When you sign RDP files with trusted certificates, your clients can verify that important settings such as which server to connect to haven’t changed since the creation of the RDP file. This helps protect both the user and the server from potential attacks.  As an added benefit, because […]

Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services Gateway Explained

Another new feature of Windows Server 2008 is Terminal Services Gateway (or TS Gateway), which is designed to provide authorized users with secure, encrypted access over the Internet to terminal servers on your internal corpnet. In other words, a salesperson arriving at a hotel in Hong Kong could open his Windows Vista laptop to bring […]

Microsoft Terminal Services Part 3: The RDC Client – By: Greg Shields

Along with the two server-side parts talked about in Part 2, there is a third component of Terminal Services that is required at the client side. The Remote Desktop Client or RDC is a necessary tool to be used at every client to connect to a Terminal Server. This client is invoked by the user […]

Improved Microsoft Terminal Services A Driver For OS Upgrades

Terminal Services shines in Windows Server 2008 — and it’s all the better when paired with Vista Terminal Services (TS) have been a part of Windows servers for the longest time, allowing users to access applications and data on remote computers over a network. Yet Citrix has always seemed to be one step ahead of […]

Configure Microsoft’s RemoteApp for Terminal Services

Web apps are getting better and better these days. In fact, some offer a superior user interface to many standard applications. Someday Web applications will rule the world, but for now there are still some pesky Windows applications that are not available as a Web app. They still need to be deployed, managed, and patched […]

Ericom’s Free PowerTerm WebConnect: Terminal Services Web Access on Steroids

Ericom Software
If you’ve played around with Terminal Services in Server 2008, it’s likely that you’ve seen how the TS Web Access role service can enumerate the available RemoteApps on a Terminal Server. Its likely that you’ve also realized how limited TS Web Access truly is. You can’t limit which icons a user should see based on […]

How to prevent users from accessing a desktop on Microsoft Terminal Services when using RemoteApps

Thanks to migah on the Windows 2008 Terminal Services Technet Forums, there seems to be a very simple solution to allow RemoteApps but to prevent users from accessing the desktops directly. Here it is in his own words:

Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services vs. Citrix XenApp vs. 2x Application Server

As I blogged about a couple of days ago, we are researching some options at work to seamlessly publish out our CRM package (as well as possibly Microsoft Outlook) to some of our corporate users using either Windows 2008 Terminal Services "RemoteApp", Citrix XenApp or 2x Application Server. I’ve done some reading and research on […]

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