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Plan for Remote Desktop Services (Terminal Services)

Published: May 12, 2010

Learn about Remote Desktop Services and how to plan for hosting Windows-based programs with Terminal Services clients.

A terminal server is the server that hosts Windows-based programs or the full Windows desktop for Terminal Services clients. Users can connect to a terminal server to run programs, to save files, and to use network resources on that server. When a user accesses a program on a terminal server, the program execution occurs on the server. Only keyboard, mouse, and display information is transmitted over the network. Each user sees only their individual session. The session is managed transparently by the server operating system and is independent of any other client session.

The Terminal Services role, now named Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2008 R2, provides the ability to host multiple, concurrent client sessions in Windows. By using Remote Desktop Services, users can access the Remote Desktop Session Host server (terminal server) from within a corporate network or from the Internet.

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Plan to deploy Office 2010 in a Remote Desktop Services environment

Describes the best practices and recommended guidelines to use when you plan a deployment of Microsoft Office 2010 in a Remote Desktop Services environment.

Setup customizations of Office 2010 for Remote Desktop (Terminal) Services

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Installing Outlook 2010 and using Cached Exchange Mode in a Remote Desktop Services environment

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Cached Exchange Mode in a Remote Desktop Session Host environment: planning considerations (Outlook 2010) (white paper)

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