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Configuring Terminal Services with TSCC

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Configuring Terminal Services with TSCC

A Terminal Services connection provides the link clients use to log on to a session on the server. A TCP/IP connection is configured when Terminal Services is installed. Using Terminal Services Configuration, you can change the default properties of the connection or add new connections.

Terminal Services Configuration

When you open Terminal Services Configuration you will see that a connection has already been configured. This is called the RDP-TCP connection. Typically, this is the only connection that needs to be configured for clients to connect to the server for Remote Desktop for Administration or application sharing with Terminal Server. Only one RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) connection can be configured for each network adapter. If you want to configure additional RDP connections, you must install additional network adapters.

With Terminal Services Configuration, you can reconfigure the properties of the RDP-TCP connection, which includes limiting the amount of time client sessions can remain active on the server, setting protection levels for encryption, and selecting which permissions you want users and groups to have. Some connection properties can also be configured on a per-user basis using Terminal Services Group Policies or the Terminal Services extension to Local Users and Groups. For example, you can set different session time limits for each user when you use the Terminal Services extension to Local Users and Groups. Using Terminal Services Configuration, you can only set session time limits on a per-connection basis, which means the same time limit applies to all users who log on to the server using the connection.

In addition to configuring connections, you can use Terminal Services Configuration to configure settings that apply to the terminal server. These include settings for temporary folders, default connection security, and licensing. For more information, see Configure Server Settings

Citrix ICA-based client

Terminal Services Configuration is also used to configure connections for Citrix ICA-based clients. These connections can be configured using TCP/IP, asynchronous, IPX/SPX, or NetBIOS transport protocols when the Citrix ICA protocol and Citrix ICA-based client software are added to the system.

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