Installing Terminal Server 2003 on Windows Server 2003 after programs are already installed

Posted on 2009-04-22
Last Modified: 2013-11-21
We have a client that is running Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition. They also have one other location (1 computer running XP) that RDP into the server to run a database called ACCPAC. ACCPAC and our company manage this server remotely. They have been using terminal services and this was not a problem.
Now, they are adding another location (1 computer running XP) that will need to RDP to the server to run ACCPAC. So, we will have 2 RDP sessions running ACCPAC and will still need to be able to have our comapny and ACCPAC able to remote in and manage the server. So we need to install Terminal server. We have already purchased the CAL's for terminal server.
When we go to install terminal server, it gives a warning stating any programs installed prior to installing terminal server will no longer run.
My questions:
We will need to re-install the client for ACCPAC after installing terminal server for ACCPAC to run correctly?
How does installing terminal server affect how administrators remotely manage the server, i.e. Symantec Backup Exec, performing updates on the server, maintaining the ACCPAC databse, etc.?
Question by:Futurenet_Solutions
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    by:Darius Ghassem
    You might be able to get a way with not having to reinstall but you should always install programs after you put the server in TS Mode. The programs need to be installed through the control panel or by putting the server in install mode.

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    What about managing the other programs remotely, like Backup Exec?
    The 2 locations only need to be able to access ACCPAC, but when we remote in we will need to be able to manage everything. Same with when ACCPAC needs to perform maintenance on ACCPAC. Seems how managing the server is only going to be run from 1 RDP session, will the programs we manage need to be reinstalled?
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    To be fully honest I have had systems that had programs installed and I made them TS servers when I needed more RDP connections and never had a issue at all.

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    Thank you for your help. I will give it a try today. Hopefully all goes well.

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