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Single RD Session Host Server for RemoteApp Delivery Design

Published: March 23, 2011

Updated: March 23, 2011

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1

RemoteApp enables you to make programs that are accessed remotely through Remote Desktop Services appear as if they are running on the end user's local computer. These programs are referred to as RemoteApp programs. Instead of being presented to the user in the desktop of the RD Session Host server, the RemoteApp program is integrated with the client's desktop. The RemoteApp program runs in its own resizable window, can be dragged between multiple monitors, and has its own entry in the taskbar. If a user is running more than one RemoteApp program on the same RD Session Host server, the RemoteApp program will share the same Remote Desktop Services session.

RemoteApp can reduce complexity and reduce administrative overhead in many situations. The following are the benefits of a single RD Session Host server for RemoteApp delivery.

  • Branch offices, where there may be limited local IT support and limited network bandwidth.

  • Situations where users need to access programs remotely.

  • Deployment of line-of-business (LOB) programs, especially custom LOB programs.

  • Environments, such as "hot desk" or "hoteling" workspaces, where users do not have assigned computers.

  • Deployment of multiple versions of a program, particularly if installing multiple versions locally would cause conflicts.

For detailed instructions for implementing a single RD Session Host server for RemoteApp delivery design:

 

  Task Reference
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Deploy an RD Session Host server.

Checklist topic Checklist: Deploying a Remote Desktop Session Host Server

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Deploy remote programs.

Checklist topic Checklist: Deploying Application Virtualization

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Deploy an RD Gateway server.

Checklist topic Checklist: Deploying a Remote Desktop Gateway Server

When you deploy a single RD Session Host server for RemoteApp delivery, users can connect to the RemoteApp programs using the Start Menu or RD Web Access. The main benefit to a single-server design for RemoteApp delivery is that it is a simple way to deliver desktop replacement.

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