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Windows XP File Association - Application Server

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We run a network with 600+ PC's, a number of our users requre MS Visio, it's too expensive to purchase licenses for each PC so we setup an application server hosting the app.  Does anyone know if there is a way to associate .vsd (Visio files) with the application server.  What we want to achieve is when a user double clicks a viso file the Remote Desktop Connection will open, pick up the NT user authenication, log them into the app server and open the app. ;)  Simple!

All help much appreciated

Cheers

Dave
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In order to accomplish that you actually have to install the software into the network drive. First you map the drive in the same location where the client will be looking for it.  We do this in our primary image which sets all local dependencies in the registry and copies dll files locally (e.g.s. \system32 or \common files).  When we distribute the image every client then maps the same drive letter (say s:\ for software) where the application had been installed. File associations will look for the .exe files on the s:\ drive when they are needed. User authentication happens automatically in an NT domain on file read.
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So what your saying is run the app on the local PC using the .exe and associated .dll's from the server thus not actually needing to start a Terminal Service session like we are doing now?
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