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Appendix 3: How to Use Terminal Services

The following section provides steps for setting up and using Terminal Services to virtualize Internet Explorer® 7 and Internet Explorer 6 and provides best practices for running and securing your implementation. The configuration described in the sections that follow all assume that an Active Directory domain is already deployed.

Using Terminal Services to Virtualize Internet Explorer 6

For the detailed steps for installing and configuring Terminal Services, see Guidelines for Deploying Terminal Server. The following list includes the high-level steps.

Terminal Services to Virtualize Internet Explorer 6

  1. Install Terminal Services.

  2. Install the Terminal Services Licensing Server.

  3. Configure Terminal Services licensing.

  4. Configure the access group.

Secure Terminal Services

  1. Create an Active Directory group for users that will use Internet Explorer in Terminal Services.

  2. In Terminal Services Configuration, click Connections to modify the properties for the RDP-TCP connection.

  3. On the Permissions tab, add the group and grant Guest Access permissions. Remove any other groups that do not require remote desktop access.

  4. Secure the RDP-TCP connection by configuring the following to fit your requirements:

    1. Restrict the number of client sessions that can remain active on the server.

    2. Set session time limits.

    3. Configure encryption levels.

    4. Set additional permissions for users and groups on the terminal server.

  5. Right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.

  6. On the Remote tab, clear the Enable Remote Desktop on this Computer check box.

Create .RDP File and Test Access

  1. From any computer on the network, click Start, and then click Run.

  2. Type MSTSC, and then press ENTER.

  3. In the Computer field, type the name of your Terminal Services server.

  4. Click the Options button.

  5. Select the Allow me to save credentials check box.

  6. Click the Display tab, and configure as desired.

  7. Click the Local Resources tab, and configure as desired.

    It is recommended that you allow access to local drives so that you can download to local workstation from the Terminal Services Internet Explorer session.

  8. Click the Programs tab.

  9. In the program path and file name field, type c:\program files\internet explorer\iexplore.exe.

    You can also include a URL after the above path to define a default website. For example: c:\program files\internet explorer\iexplore.exe” http://intranet/

  10. Click the Experience tab, and then select the appropriate setting for your network speed.

  11. Click the General tab.

  12. Click Save As, and save the RDP file.

  13. Double-click the RDP file, and then click Connect.

  14. Log on and test connectivity. Internet Explorer should start upon log on.

  15. Close the RDP session.

  16. Copy the RDP file and distribute via your preferred method (e-mail, network share, and so on).

  17. After distributing the RDP file, users can right-click the file, click Edit, type credentials, and then click Save.

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