Managing User Specific Application Configuration Data in a Terminal Service Environment

Today almost every Windows application writes data to the Windows registry during the installation process. Although the way that the application uses the registry isn’t usually a pressing issue on a standard PC, registry key placement becomes crucially important when the application is run in a Terminal Service environment. In this article, I will explain why this is the case and how the Terminal Services manages application related registry entries for multiple users.

Terminal Server and the Profile Challenge

Profile problems? "No, we never have problems with our profiles." This is almost the standard answer I get when asking, “Do you have problems with your profiles?” when administrators tell me about some strange problems. This article will discuss the potential profile challenges which need to be tackled in a Terminal Server environment.

Terminal Services Features in Longhorn

Microsoft has finally released some concrete information about the Terminal Services features in their next server OS platform release, still titled “Longhorn”. We'll take a look at what they plan to provide and how it can impact your installation.

Juggling Terminal Service Resources

Thin client computing has been around for many decades. Although the basic underlying principles are the same for terminal sessions today as they were thirty years ago, the demands made against the servers that host terminal sessions have increased exponentially. Bloated applications and resource hungry operating systems place huge demands on terminal servers. In this article, I will discuss how you can plan your terminal server hardware so that your terminal service environment will run efficiently.

Scripting for Server Based Computing: Part 2 – Terminal Services Server and Connection Settings

VBScript and WMI are very powerful toolsets that allow server based computing administrators to perform some very complex, and sometimes mundane, tasks with consistency and speed. This article series serves as a look into leveraging this toolset to simplify the configuration of server and user settings. Part 2 of this article series will look at terminal services server and connection settings (Winstation settings for the really old school crowd). We will explore the settings and properties that may be managed via VBScript and WMI.

What RDP GPO Settings can do to your Citrix Servers

Within Windows 2003 Server, Microsoft has added several new Group Policy Objects (GPO) settings to their product. The Terminal Server object is one which got a lot of new settings. Wonderful settings if you are using Terminal Server, but what happens if you are using these settings on a Terminal Server where Citrix Presentation Server is installed?

Using the Terminal Services through Internet Information Server

Although the Terminal Services can be used as a management tool, sometimes firewall port issues or the unavailability of a Terminal Service client can make using the Terminal Services impractical. However, there is a Web based Terminal Service client included with Windows Server 2003. This client allows you to remotely access a Windows 2003 Server through a Web browser.

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