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I want to install Terminal Server on my Windows Server 2003. We will be using it to have remote users operate billing software on the server from their remote workstations. When I go to Add/Remove Windows components, I get the following message:

Program Installation: If you continue with this installation, programs that are already installed on your server will no longer work and will have to be reinstalled. You must use Add or Remove Programs in Control Panel whenever you install programs to use on a Terminal Server.

I'm not sure what this means. What applications will no longer work? All of them? We have the billing software already in use by a dozen people on the LAN here - will this stop working? That would not be acceptable, to say the least.

Any advice would be appreciated.
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by:trenes
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Hi Rohidas357,

I'd say talk to the helpdesk of the billing software we cannot say anything meaningfull about that.
It might not even support TS and then you're stuck.

Sorry not much help for now.

Cheers!
regards,

Trenes
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I second what Trenes said.  But I wanted to add that in addition you need to understand that terminal server is designed to run on a standalone server and only the applications that the terminal users use should be installed.  And, they need to be installed using a particular set of steps to run in the TS environment. In other words, you need to look at the terminal server as if it was a big powerful workstation that is going to be shared simultaneously by a lot of users.  So, the OS (Terminal Server software) gets installed first and then the applications that will be run by the users.

If your billing software is a client/server application, then what you would want to do is install TS on a separate server and just install the client software for the TS users on that server.  If your billing software is not a true client/server application, chances are good that you will have problems making it run in a TS environment.  That's where your software company hopefully can give you some advice.

Hope this helps!
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It turns out that TS was installed by default when Windows Server 2003 was installed, so I only need to install the TS License server. But thanks for the responses!
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