Summary of Licensing Diagnosis 2

Understanding the licensing state of a terminal server though Licensing Diagnosis Summary of Licensing Diagnosis is a summing up of various factors such as the Terminal Services Configuration and License Server information, and is a good indication of the state and availability of a terminal server.  It is the first visible entity and lies above… Read more

Changes to Remote Administration in Windows Server 2008

This article describes the differences between Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 when you use the Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) client to remotely connect to the server for administrative purposes.   In Windows Server 2003, you can start the RDC client (mstsc.exe) with the /console switch to remotely connect to the physical console session on the server… Read more

Terminal Services Licensing Diagnosis Snap-in extension

Identify potential licensing problems for the terminal server. In Windows server 2008, a new snap-in extension, Licensing Diagnosis, has been added to the terminal server configuration snap-in to assist the administrator in managing and maintaining terminal servers.  Licensing Diagnosis can analyze a terminal server and highlight potential service-affecting issues that might be encountered due to… Read more

Upcoming Terminal Services Webcasts

In November, the Terminal Services team will be doing a series of in-depth technical webcasts on a variety of the new features and functionality in Windows Server 2008.  Below is a full list of the webcasts. If you can’t make it to them live they will be archived for playback.   http://www.microsoft.com/events/series/windowsserver2008.aspx?tab=webcasts&id=42565   Presentation Virtualization… Read more

Client Requirements for TS Web Access in Windows Server 2008 Release Candidate (RC0)

Starting with the RC0 release of Windows Server 2008, Terminal Services Web Access (TS Web Access) requires the most recent update to the Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) client software. This updated version is available in the beta versions of Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) and Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3). If you are… Read more

Introducing Terminal Services Easy Print: Part 3

[Part III in a series. Jump to Part I, Part II, Part III] In Part 1, we introduced the main benefits of Terminal Services (TS) Easy Print: a “driver-less” solution for printer redirection over a TS session. In part 2, we introduced a new group policy for default printers and the support for per-session printers…. Read more

Terminal Services RemoteApp™ Session Termination Logic

Terminal Services RemoteApp™ Session Termination Logic There are several heuristics and session time limit Group Policy settings that dictate the lifetime of a RemoteApp session. The main difference in behavior between a RemoteApp session and a regular full desktop session is that there is no explicit way for the user to either log off or… Read more

Dynamic Virtual Channels

  An important goal of the Terminal Services (TS) team is to provide a product that can easily be extended by third parties to better meet their needs.  While TS has always supported virtual channels, they had their limitations, including the limited number of channels and the difficulty involved in writing virtual channel applications.  For… Read more

TS-Teleport: Sample Instructions

Installation To install the sample the user needs to register both client plug-in and shell extension on the TS client and server machines respectively. NOTE: The VS support DLLs need to be copied to the same path as the sample DLLs.  Please choose the right VS support DLLS for the architecture (x86/x64) and binary type… Read more

Generating Per Device license usage reports for TS License Servers running Windows Server 2008

In an earlier post, we showed how to create a per user license usage report in Windows Server 2008. Below we show how to create a per device license usage report. On Windows Server 2003, a Per Device Terminal Services Client Access License (TS CAL) usage report could be generated using the Lsreport tool. In… Read more