RDS Remoteapp support on ThinClients?


Does anyone have any success stories running RDS RemoteApp on thinclients?   The users do not need a desktop experience, just controlled access to a single application.

It seems like a simple question, but I have not found any answer as to whether or not this is possible.

Ideally they would have the application version in this scenario.

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Alex AppletonBusiness Technology AnalystCommented:
Yes, I have.  It works quite well.  

Also, you can have the remoteapp associate with the file extension.  That way when they open say a document it will open in the remoteapp.  This requires 'installing' it on the client.

Another thing to add is enabling the SSO feature for delegating credentials, that way your users wont have to enter their credentials everytime they launch a remoteapp. See more here: http://blogs.msdn.com/rds/archive/2007/04/19/how-to-enable-single-sign-on-for-my-terminal-server-connections.aspx

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gws226Author Commented:
Thanks for the reply AAppleton,

Any particular ThinClient you would be confident in recommending?
Alex AppletonBusiness Technology AnalystCommented:
gws226Author Commented:
Windows Embedded?  Have you tried the HP ThinPro OS by chance?
Cláudio RodriguesFounder and CEOCommented:
RemoteApp as of today is only supported on Windows XP/Vista/7 what means your thin client MUST run XP Embedded or higher. Also note it MUST have the latest RDP 7 client, .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 and the CredSSP fix (assuming it is XP).
Other things worth mentioning:
1. In many cases I have seen a hotfix, Post SP3, was required to make Single Signon work as it would not fallback to NTLM credentials if Kerberos failed.

2. The Thumbprints registry key MUST be set usually otherwise SSO fails.
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\Terminal Services]

3. The RemoteApps MUST be signed and with a certificate that you EXPORTED the private keys. If that is not the case, it WILL FAIL.

That is all. :-)

Cláudio Rodrigues
Citrix CTP
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