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How can I achieve application based terminal services?

Currently I have 6 servers and 1 workstation.  My workstation connects to 6 different remote desktops. The applications that I open in each remote desktop window are limited to that remote desktop window. I would like to be able to drag all of the applications around and kind of eliminate the Remote desktop windows and just have different applications running from different servers. I know you can do this in a unix environment using x-windows but how can I do this by utilizing terminal services on windows server 2003. Let me know if you need more information. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks alot.
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Yan_westCommented:
So you want to run and manage an instance of each application locally for each server, but not in terminal services? Not sure what you are saying :)
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zstafaAuthor Commented:
I want to run an application on a server just like I would if I opened a remote desktop connection and started an application in that RDP window, but I don't want the limitations of that remote desktop window. So I want to be able to move that application around without having a remote desktop window. Thanks.
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Yan_westCommented:
So you want to run the application remotly, but you want it to appear like any local application.. exactly like you would open word..

Sorry, but there is no way to do this.. you can start and stop application remotely like Psexec from sysinternals.. not sure it would do the job for you, but you could always check it out:

http://www.sysinternals.com/ntw2k/freeware/psexec.shtml

I know there is a way to start a remote desktop session that logs you automaticly and start an application in full sized mode, and you can configure this connection to only keep this application opened, and nothing else. but it is still a remote desktop connection... would that work for you?
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zstafaAuthor Commented:
No because I need to be able to open multiple applications from different servers and be able to move them around independantly. Would a citrix solution work?
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Yan_westCommented:
Citrix is not really different from remote desktop from this point.. Sorry, but I don't really think there are any other options... wait a few days, maybe other people got other ideas.. but i doubt..
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rhandelsCommented:
Hi,

I do know that if you use Citric, it looks like you start up Word locally, but in the background the Word on the Terminal Server is being started.. If you are going to do this, do make sure to discuss this very well with your vendor.. I know it's possible, but don't ask me how to configure it.

Anyhowes, Windows 2003 TS isn't really build for these kind of tricky processes.. It can map local drives and printers which is one hell of an improvement over the 2000 TS.. ;)
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Yan_westCommented:
The problem with citrix is the cost.. it is HORRIBLY expensive...
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rhandelsCommented:
And the problem is that you would need to buy Window Terminal Server CAL's at $30 a piece and then the Citrix clients... They all need to earn money right???
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zstafaAuthor Commented:
The money is not the problem here, It's the functionality. Thanks again.
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ikm7176Commented:
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rhandelsCommented:
Then i'd say, go for Citrix....
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