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Remote Desktop Services Provider for Windows PowerShell

Updated: March 5, 2009

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

The Remote Desktop Services Provider for Windows PowerShell is a plug-in for Windows PowerShell that enables Windows PowerShell users to access configuration settings of Remote Desktop Services and its various role services. The Remote Desktop Services Provider for Windows PowerShell presents a hierarchical view of the settings for an Remote Desktop Services environment.

By using the Remote Desktop Services Provider for Windows PowerShell, a remote desktop server administrator can complete tasks such as:

  • View configuration settings for an RD Session Host server.

  • Edit configuration settings for a RD Session Host.

  • Create and configure a RD Session Host connection.

  • Publish or remove a RemoteApp program.

  • Create and configure a RD Session Host farm.

  • Configure RemoteApp and Desktop Connection for virtual desktops and RemoteApp.

  • Assign personal virtual desktops to user accounts.

  • Manage a Remote Desktop license server.

  • Manage a Remote Desktop Gateway server.

The advantage of using Windows PowerShell to manage Remote Desktop Services role services is that administrative tasks can be scripted, thus enabling an administrator to automate complex and recurring administrative tasks. Administrators can change settings and perform tasks directly from the Windows PowerShell command line, without having to write, save, and run a script.

The Remote Desktop Services Provider for Windows PowerShell will be of interest to organizations that currently use or are interested in Remote Desktop Services.

The Remote Desktop Services Provider for Windows PowerShell is available in the following editions of Windows Server 2008 R2:

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter

The Remote Desktop Services Provider for Windows PowerShell is not available in the following editions of Windows Server 2008 R2:

  • Windows Web Server 2008 R2

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-Based Systems

For information about other new features in Remote Desktop Services, see What's New in Remote Desktop Services.

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