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Configure the RD Web Access Server for RemoteApp and Desktop Connection

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

To provide users access to RemoteApp and Desktop Connection, you must configure RD Web Access to specify the source that provides the RemoteApp programs and virtual desktops that are displayed to users. You can configure RD Web Access to use either of the following:

  • Remote Desktop Connection Broker (RD Connection Broker) server

  • RemoteApp source

An RD Connection Broker server provides users access to virtual desktops hosted on RD Virtualization Host servers and to RemoteApp programs hosted on Remote Desktop Session Host (RD Session Host) servers. To configure the RD Connection Broker server, use the Remote Desktop Connection Manager tool. For more information, see the Remote Desktop Connection Manager Help in Windows Server 2008 R2. For more information about RemoteApp and Desktop Connection, see the Remote Desktop Services page on the Windows Server 2008 R2 TechCenter (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=143108).

A RemoteApp source is an individual RD Session Host server or a farm of identically configured RD Session Host servers on which RemoteApp programs have been configured. You can specify multiple RemoteApp sources. To configure RemoteApp programs on an RD Session Host server, use RemoteApp Manager. For more information, see RemoteApp Manager.

You must log on by using either the local Administrator account on the RD Web Access server or an account that is a member of the TS Web Access Administrators group on the RD Web Access server to complete this procedure. Review details about using the appropriate accounts and group memberships at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=83477.

To specify the source for RemoteApp and Desktop Connection
  1. Connect to the RD Web Access Web site. To do this, use either of the following methods:

    • On the RD Web Access server, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, point to Remote Desktop Services, and then click Remote Desktop Web Access Configuration.

    • Use Internet Explorer to connect to the RD Web Access Web site. By default, the Web site is located at the following address, where server_name is the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the RD Web Access server:

      https://server_name/rdweb

  2. Log on to the site by using either the local Administrator account on the RD Web Access server or an account that is a member of the TS Web Access Administrators group on the RD Web Access server.

  3. On the title bar, click Configuration.

    noteNote
    If you access the RD Web Access Web site by using the Remote Desktop Web Access Configuration option, the page automatically opens to the Configuration page.

  4. Select either An RD Connection Broker server or One or more RemoteApp sources.

    If you select An RD Connection Broker server, in the Source name box, enter the NetBIOS name or FQDN of the RD Connection Broker.

    If you select One or more RemoteApp sources, in the Source name box, enter the NetBIOS name or FQDN of the RemoteApp source. If you are using an RD Session Host server farm as the RemoteApp source, specify the DNS name of the farm. If you are specifying multiple RemoteApp sources, separate each name with a semicolon.

  5. Click OK to save the changes.

If you selected One or more RemoteApp sources, you also need to specify a connection name and a connection ID. The connection name will be used to identify RemoteApp and Desktop Connection provided by the RD Web Access server to the user. To specify the connection name and connection ID, on the RD Web Access server, open the %windir%\Web\RDWeb\App_Data\RDWebAccess.config file in a text editor, such as Notepad.

If you selected An RD Connection Broker server, you need to specify the connection name and connection ID by using the Remote Desktop Connection Manager tool on the RD Connection Broker server. For more information, see the Remote Desktop Connection Manager Help in Windows Server 2008 R2.

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