Terminal Services in Windows Server 2008

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The Windows Server 2008 Beta 3 release of Terminal Services delivers several key enhancements:

1.       Terminal Services RemoteApp™: Terminal Services (TS) RemoteApp programs are accessed through Terminal Services and behave as if they were running on the end user’s local computer. Users can run TS RemoteApp programs side by side with their local programs. If a user is running more than one RemoteApp on the same terminal server, RemoteApp will share the same Terminal Services session.

 

2.       Terminal Services Gateway: TS Gateway enables authorized remote users to connect to terminal servers and remote desktops (remote computers) on the corporate network from any Internet-connected device that is running Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) 6.0. TS Gateway uses Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) tunneled over HTTPS to help form a secure, encrypted connection between remote users on the Internet and the remote computers on which their productivity applications run, even if their use is located behind a network address translation (NAT) Traversal-based router.

 

3.       Terminal Services Web Access: TS Web Access is a feature that makes Terminal Services RemoteApp available to users from a web browser. With TS Web Access, a user can visit a website—either from the Internet or from an intranet—to access a list of available TS RemoteApp programs. When a user starts a TS RemoteApp program, a Terminal Services session is started on the terminal server that hosts the application.

 

4.       Terminal Services Session Broker: TS Session Broker, a new feature in Windows Server 2008 Beta 3, provides a simpler alternative than Microsoft Network Load Balancing for Terminal Services. While not limited to a specific number of servers, the feature provides significant value to farms of two to five servers. With TS Session Broker, new sessions are distributed to the least-loaded server within the farm—optimizing performance—and users can reconnect to an existing session without having to know specific information about the server where the session was established. IT managers can use the feature to map the Internet Protocol (IP) address of each terminal server to a single Domain Name System (DNS) entry. This configuration can also provide fault tolerance; if one of the farm servers is unavailable, the user will connect to the next least-loaded server in the farm.

 

5.       Terminal Services Easy Print: TS Easy Print, a new feature in Windows Server 2008 Beta 3, enables users to reliably print from a TS RemoteApp program or full desktop session to a local or network printer installed on the client computer. Printers can now be supported without the need to install print drivers on the terminal server. When users want to print from a TS RemoteApp program or desktop session, they will see the full printer properties dialog box (printer user interface) from the local client and have access to all the printer functionality. IT administrators can use Group Policy to limit the number of printers redirected to just the default printer, thereby reducing overhead and improving scalability.

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