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Hi All, I have a client that has a distribution package for routing trucks. The software vender switched from mapped drives to using Term Services because of application response time. My problem is that the dispatcher has two displays, one for viewing the goods being shipped with a place for assigning a truck, the other screen opens Map Point and displays the route. This happens automatically, he clicks tomorrows shipments, it sends the data to map point and then he looks at the map and decides the truck.

Now that he has Term Services, Map Point opens behind the screen requiring him to fill in the truck number, needless to say minimizing on one to look at the other gets confusing.

Is there any way to get the map on one screen and the dispatch software on the other screen in one session? I know I can do it with two sessions, but then he has to use the same exact search criteria in both session for the map to display correctly.

Any help, even a no way, would be greatly appreciated.
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by:pmcguire
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Launch the terminal services client from the command line by using Mstsc /span

Your client must be version 6.0
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I can not seem to locate the version number. If I go into system32 folder this is the number it gives me for the file version 5.1.2600.2180, if that means it is version 5.xx is there a download to 6.0 or do I purchase it?
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by:Cláudio Rodrigues
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First thing to understand here is, are both applications on the terminal server? Or one is running off the TS and the other one, map point, running off the local PC?
If both are on the TS you must download the latest RDP client (version 6). The one you have (5.1.2600.2180) is the older one.
It is a free download off the Microsoft website.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/925876
If one application is on the TS and the other one is local, I would recommend using something that gives you 'seamless windows' meaning the TS app will look AND behave exactly like a local application. Third party add-ons like 2X ApplicationServer, Provision Network VAS, Citrix Presentation Server, etc all do that.

Claudio Rodrigues

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Windows Server - Terminal Services
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Yes, both apps are on TS. I will be on-site tomorrow and download the 6.0. I forgot to mention that this is a 2003 standard server with the TS, but its PDC is a 2003 SBS server and I put the command line to launch their dispatch system in the enviormet profile on the PDC. in the program file name I have D:\apps\SWRUN\wrun32.exe -c d:\apps\swrun\cblconfi.sw -s -w SWROOT.OBJ TERM#[28] , with the term # differnent for each user, do I just add the Mstsc /span to the end or beginning?
Thanks for the help,
Peter

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Cláudio Rodrigues earned 2000 total points
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No. MSTSC /SPAN is what the CLIENT will type to connect to the TS (basically launching the MS RDP client with the SPAN option enabled).
I think in your particular case a solution like 2X or Provision Networks is definitely the way to go.


Claudio Rodrigues

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Sorry to take so long, I understand what your saying now, i'm going to play around with it a bit but I think one of canned solutions is probably best.
Thanks for all your help,
Peter
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