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Terminal Services 2003 question

Hello experts,

I need to implement terminal services on one of our servers (2003), to allow for remote usersto get to an accounting application called Timberline, also to work on networked drives, and maybe for email checking. At the moment I have terminal services turned on, but it is in remote admin mode.

That is only good for 2 at a time admins, right? A user cannot access if they are non-admin priviliges?

Also, if i switch modes of the terminal services to application - then do you still simply use remote desktop to connect to it? And the real big question is this:

If the clients are XP Pro - does that satisfy terminal services licensing? Do I need to add licenses to the terminal server - if each client that connects happens to be xp pro (from what I read, it seems you do not need anything if your xp pro).

Is the terminal services client for windows just the remote desktop piece?

I simply want to make an accounting application available to a few remote users, and they have xp pro already.

I tried to read through some of the previous posts on terminal services, but I guess my questions are just to basic.

Thanks for the replies.

Troy
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Hi troyhicks,
> That is only good for 2 at a time admins, right?
Yes

> A user cannot access if they are non-admin priviliges?
Yes, that is correct.

> Also, if i switch modes of the terminal services to application - then
> do you still simply use remote desktop to connect to it?
Yes, you can use any RDP compatible client - rdesktop on linux/unix, Remote Desktop Connection on XP, and a variety of others.

> If the clients are XP Pro - does that satisfy terminal services licensing?
> Do I need to add licenses to the terminal server - if each client that
> connects happens to be xp pro (from what I read, it seems you do not
> need anything if your xp pro).

99% certain this is correct.

> Is the terminal services client for windows just the remote desktop piece?
Yes


Cheers!
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troyhicksAuthor Commented:
Cool, thanks for the answer. One more question - real quick.

What if 4-5 clients connect via TS and all try to use some application like Word - assume that Word is on the terminal server as a normal one time install. Can each open Word? assume Word is on 2 of the clients but not on the others.

Trying to better understand how the whole thing works for multiple people accessing the same application (for something more scrutinized than say Notepad).

Thanks
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
yes, word can be open twice.  BUT, here's where things really start getting complicated.... you may need licenses for each connected user who uses or "can use" word.  This part is a mess and I don't think microsoft fully understands this area of licensing.  
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
I never worried about that in my enivronment because we were a school with campus agreement.  We paid by head count for the products and that was that.
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troyhicksAuthor Commented:
OK. Thanks a lot. I can figure the licensing stuff out as I go, as we are pretty small here. Main thing is to just get some decent remote access to one application.
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