Publishing terminal server apps via group policy

Posted on 2007-10-19
Last Modified: 2013-11-21
How can I publish an app with 1 switch for some users and another switch for others using group policy and terminal server?
Question by:emauch
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    by:Cláudio Rodrigues
    What do you mean by 'Publishing'?

    Cláudio Rodrigues
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Server - Terminal Services

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    I mean how can I assign an app with a switch in the shortcut to some users and assign the same app with a different switch in the shortcut to other users?
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    I see. Well you have a couple options, most of them VERY ugly. :-)
    - Create .RDP files that have an initial application set but with different command lines and give these files to the users (how you will actually distribute these is beyond this topic). UGLY.
    - Two NICs on the TS, each set to start an application when users connect (you do this by changing the RDP-tcp properties under TSCC.MSC). VERY UGLY.

    The best way to do this for sure is to use some third party add-on like TerminalRDP or 2X ApplicationServer. This way you can really PUBLISH applications to the users based on group membership and without having to deal/mess with policies and without any dirty workarounds as above.
    Plain TS does not have the built-in ability to 'publish' apps or desktops. Windows Server 2008 will change that but it is still, years behind any of these third party add-ons.

    Hope this helps,

    Cláudio Rodrigues
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Server - Terminal Services

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