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Distribute RemoteApp Programs to Users

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

You can distribute RemoteApp programs to users several ways. Depending on the method that you choose, users can:

  • Access a link to the program through RemoteApp and Desktop Connection by using RD Web Access.

    RD Web Access is a Remote Desktop Services role service that lets you make RemoteApp programs available to users through RemoteApp and Desktop Connection. For more information, see Remote Desktop Web Access (RD Web Access).

  • Double-click an .rdp file that has been created and distributed by their administrator.

    You can create a Remote Desktop Protocol (.rdp) file to distribute RemoteApp programs to users. For more information, see Create an .rdp File. You can distribute an .rdp file to client computers by using your existing software distribution process, such as Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager, or through a file share.

  • Double-click a program icon on their desktop or Start menu that has been created and distributed by their administrator with a Windows Installer package.

    You can create a Windows Installer (.msi) package to distribute RemoteApp programs to users. For more information, see Create a Windows Installer Package. To distribute a Windows Installer package to client computers, you can use your existing software distribution process, such as Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager or Active Directory Group Policy. You can also make the Windows Installer package available through a file share.

  • Double-click a file where the file name extension is associated with a RemoteApp program.

    If you distribute RemoteApp programs through Windows Installer packages, you can configure whether the RD Session Host server will take over client file name extensions for the RemoteApp program. For more information, see Create a Windows Installer Package.

ImportantImportant
To access RemoteApp programs, the client computer must be running at least Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) 6.0.

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