Guests Term. Svc. (2003)

Posted on 2006-06-28
Last Modified: 2010-04-18
win2003 server.
using Terminal Services in order to share out an in house app to individuals that are not part of our organization (i.e. not in domain).  Have set up local user accounts on the server as guests.  They can logon but their profiles are deleted on logoff.  I read this is by design.  Is there a way around this? or are there any recommendations on how i can basically cripple a local non domain user so that can't do anything except logon / fire some apps and not have their profile deleted when they logoff.  
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Here is what you could do:
-  Create a group that you set the deny logon loccaly to all computers in your domain, excluding the terminal server (use GPO)
-  Use the same group and set deny privledges to the goup for all resources on the domain other than the resources that you want the users to have access to.
-  Allow the group to logon to your terminal server by adding the group to the Remote Desktop users group of the terminal server.
- Create the users and then add them to this group
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The result will be:
-  Profiles will be retained on the server
-  Users can use the terminal server to access the applications you need.
-  Users will not be able to access any resource other than the ones you want them to.

There are a few more settings that need to be added, but that is the basic Idea.

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There are other options and if you need more information, I would be happy to provide other options to you.
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hi - I appreciate the idea and that might have to be my final option.  I was kind of hoping to keep this server kind of an island and was hoping to not have to tie in the domain/AD.  Do you know how I might be able to keep all of this local?

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any more options itcoza?
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Sorry... been away from the computer...
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Other options would be to setup a Windows XP or even server computer with the required applications installed and then give your remote users access to this computer via Remote Desktop.  You will achieve basically the same result, the only drawback is that XP will only allow one concurrent connection and Server will allow 2.  Profiles will be retained and so on, but you will be doing this at the price of lowering security on your network (this is not an advised option)


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