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Windows 2008 TS remoteapp launching a full desktop instead of a seamless window

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I have a Windows 2008 Terminal Server that serves applications to users using remoteapps.
All the client pc's are running XP SP3.
Every one of them gets a seamless window, except for one pc that gets a full desktop. The odd one out seems to be set up identically to all the rest.
I've tried everything I can think of to make it launch a seamless window but to no avail.
Any suggestions how this could be resolved would be welcome.
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by:Vince Glisson
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I am assuming that by seamless you meen full screen, if true the try this...
Open the remote desktop and go to the "Display" tab, check that the slider bar is all the way to the right and says Full Screen...
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No, by seamless I mean it appears that the application is running as a locally installed app on the users pc.
The pc's have an icon on the desktop which when clicked launches the application just like any other application installed on their pc and appears to the user as though they were running the application from their pc. It launches the application, not a full remote desktop.
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Then i would think that it is a setting within the application, that has been changed by the user, that controls whether it goes full screen or not.
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The user can't change the settings, it is just an application launch from the desktop. The pc's all seem to be set up the same. The TS obviously hands the same app out to them all.
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Through digging about on the web I've managed to resolve the issue. The pc is at a remote location and was connecting to the TS via an ip address rather than the server's domain name as all the other clients do.
I edited the host file on the pc with the ip address and the fqdn of the server.
This now gives the result that I needed, ie an application rather than a full desktop.
Check out the following link to give you more information on remoteapps in 2008:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/dd314392.aspx
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