13 August 2010

Configuring Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services Part 2

In part 1 of this series we installed all the bits. now we are going to configure the minimum that is required to get things up and running.

When your machine starts back up there will be a host of new tools installed for you to use. When you start up server manager you can see all the tools.


The hub where most of your work will be done is the RemoteApp Manager.  The overview windows will tell you what needs to be done.  Firstly I needed to select the Digital Signature Settings.  Although we did specify for it to use a self signed certificate it is not currently being used.  Click change and pick it from the list.

Up next I had to add machines to TSWebAccess Computers group

  • On the RD Session Host server, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Computer Management.
  • In the left pane, expand Local Users and Groups, and then click Groups.
  • Right-click TS Web Access Computers, and then click Add to Group.
  • Click Add.
  • In the Select Users, Computers, or Groups dialog box, click Object Types.
  • In the Object Types dialog box, select the Computers check box, and then click OK.
  • In the Enter the object names to select box, specify the computer account of the RD Web Access server, and then click OK.
  • Click OK to close the TS Web Access Computers Properties dialog box.

The next problem we see is: "The RemoteApp Program list is empty"
It is easy enough to fix that - we just click on "Add RemoteApp Programs" in the top right corner.

The wizard is quite straight forward. For my example I just added Wordpad.

To check if we can access our application go can access it through the Web interface.  By default it will be

https://servername/rdweb

You should get a very nice looking log in screen.



When I log on I can see my one and only published application - Wordpad



I double click my WordPad application to launch it.

I get a prompt specifying what resources will be mapped.  I then click Connect. Now I am prompted for security credentials.  If I put those in then my application launches.  For those not familiar with this.  It launches in a seamless window.  In other words it does not open another desktop and then the application. (It actually does - it just does not look like it)  The app launches in it's own window.




If I select the Remote Desktop tab I can see that i now have an interface to connect to any remote desktop server.  Selecting to display Options gives you a lot more options to configure your session preferences.
NOTE: these will only be supported if the server you are connecting to allows it.




Connecting from a server from here brings up the following prompt.


You can then start the Remote Desktop session to that server.

Ok so we have the bare bones basic working, not smoothly but they are working.  Next up I would like to get rid of all those prompts when launching a Remote App.

Follow this guide:

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/rds/archive/2009/08/11/introducing-web-single-sign-on-for-remoteapp-and-desktop-connections.aspx

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