Configuring the Server That Will Host RemoteApp Programs

Updated: March 15, 2010

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

Before you can deploy RemoteApp programs to users, you must configure the server to host RemoteApp programs. You must make sure that the Terminal Server role service is installed, install programs on the server, and verify remote connection settings. This process includes the following procedures:

To perform these procedures, you must be a member of the Administrators group on the terminal server.

To use TS RemoteApp, the Terminal Server role service must be installed. The TS RemoteApp feature is automatically installed as part of the Terminal Server role service. For more information, see Install the Terminal Server Role Service.

We recommend that you install programs on the terminal server after you install the Terminal Server role service. If you install a program from a Windows Installer package, the program automatically installs in Terminal Server Install mode. If you are installing from another kind of setup package, use either of the following methods to put the server into Install mode:

  • To install the program, use the Install Application on Terminal Server option in Control Panel.

  • Before you install a program, run the change user /install command from the command line. After the program is installed, run the change user /execute command to exit from Install mode.

If you have programs that are related or have dependencies, we recommend that you install the programs on the same terminal server. For example, we recommend that you install Microsoft Office as a suite instead of installing individual Office programs on separate terminal servers.

You should consider putting individual programs on separate terminal servers in the following circumstances:

  • The program has compatibility issues that may affect other programs.

  • A single program and the number of associated users may fill server capacity.

By default, remote connections are enabled after you install the Terminal Server role service. You can use the following procedure to add users and groups that need to connect to the terminal server, and to verify or change remote connection settings.

  1. Start the System tool. To do this, click Start, click Run, type control system in the Open box, and then click OK.

  2. Under Tasks, click Remote settings.

  3. In the System Properties dialog box, on the Remote tab, ensure that the Remote Desktop connection setting is configured correctly, depending on your environment. You can select either of the following options:

    • Allow connections from computers running any version of Remote Desktop (less secure)

    • Allow connections only from computers running Remote Desktop with Network Level Authentication (more secure)

    For more information about the two options, on the Remote tab, click the Help me choose link.

  4. To add the users and groups that need to connect to the terminal server by using Remote Desktop, click Select Users, and then click Add.

    The users and groups that you add are added to the Remote Desktop Users group.

    Members of the local Administrators group can connect even if they are not listed.

  5. When you are finished, click OK to close the System Properties dialog box.

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