08 December 2010

Customise RDS Web access login pages

I again went through the process of publishing RDS.  This time i thought i would "skin it" in my corporate colors.

The files that need to be edited are located in the following directory of the Web Access Server


The images are located in C:\Windows\Web\RDWeb\Pages\images
This is how they correspond to the page layout.

The style sheet is in C:\Windows\Web\RDWeb\Pages\en-US

Annoyingly not all the page elements colors are catered for in the style sheets, so you will also have to edit:


While you are going through these files you will aslo see a section called  // Localizable Text
This section contains all the string values used throughout the page.  So if you want to change the text of any of the filed this would be the place to do it.

To change the title of the page you need to go to the connection broker machine, open up Remote Desktop Connection Manager.  Under the Properties section change the "Display name"

So with just a few edits we now have a corporate look and feel as well as some branding in there too.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for your note here. I was looking this info for a while.


Anonymous said...

You named your site Apple Secure Access. Does this mean you found a way for MAC to use Remote APPS?

Etienne Liebetrau said...

I used to just substitute my company's log with the Apple one because they both "like the grey thing"

It's a bit of a recurring humor theme and it implies the Apple uses a lot of Microsoft Products :)

There is a third party (i-Tap)that has RDP clients that supports the RDGW, at this point it does not support the Web interface but it is on their development list

They have clients for MAC, iOS, Android, Linux

I reviewed the client for iOS - check it out:

At the time I was reviewing it they were the only ones to officially support RDGW

Anonymous said...

"To change the title of the page you need to go to the connection broker machine, open up Remote Desktop Connection Manager. Under the Properties section change the "Display name"
is this true for Server 2012 as well? Im not seeing it.

Anonymous said...

To edit the heading that says "Apple Secure Access" in the image above you will need to edit a file called RDWebAccess.config which is located in \Windows\Web\RDWeb\App_Data\

Edit the name="" property on line 20.

Anonymous said...


I am unable to find RDWebAccess.config file in Windows Server 2012.

Kindly advice.

Etienne Liebetrau said...

At this stage i have not checked out RDS on Server 2012 yet... so can't help at this stage.

Anonymous said...


How did you change the colour of the background picture (bg_globe_01)from blue to back?

Etienne Liebetrau said...

I just converted the image to grey-scale in an image app..

Anonymous said...

Do you know how to change the background color of the webpage? I can not find where it is referenced in these files. Thanks for the great guide!

KiritPatel said...


Have tried to change the logo files but I am denied access. I think it's flagged as read only.
I am changing these on server 2012

Stephen Owen said...

You'll need to open your editor as an admin to make changes.

To make changes to the background color, you'll edit the tswa.css file, found here, "C:\Windows\Web\RDWeb\Pages\en-US\tswa.css"

To change the color, modify the #body{} and #content{} blocks. You can use hex RGB values for color, or English color name.

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