Using Terminal Services for Multi-User VS.NET

Not sure how long this has been around, but I just stumbled across this set of guidelines and tools to support multi-user access to a full Visual Studio .NET development environment via Terminal Services. The material was originally designed for the purpose of supporting a university development environment, but there's little here that wouldn't be of equal use in a commercial environment. It includes guidelines for systems administrators and developers on building and operating the system. This approach might be helpful if you're working in one of those corporate departments which are still wary of anything that deviates from a "standard machine build image" - something that I've heard many times from different customers. Academic users might also be interested in this presentation which details the experiences of Yale University who adopted a similar approach.

Comments (4)

  1. Simon says:

    Got really excited when I came across your blog on multi-user VS.NET using TS, but unfortunately all the links on the MS site are broken 🙁 don’t suppose you have copies of the docs?

  2. Tim Sneath says:

    That’s a shame – they were there just a short while ago. I’ll investigate where they’ve gone and post an updated location if I can find one. Thanks for the heads-up.

  3. Tim Sneath says:

    Looks like they’d moved. I’ve now updated the main blog entry to point to the new location…

  4. Tim Sneath says:

    Looks like these guidelines have moved again: now at

    Thank goodness for search engines!

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