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Remote App - 'publishing' apps running on an XP VM into a TS 2008 session

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I have a Windows 2008 R2 Terminal Server and there are some apps I would prefer not to put on it as they were not meant for Terminal Services and are not supported on it. I know how to make them work with various hacks but I would prefer to keep the TS clean with apps that are supported in TS.  What I am thinking of is creating an XP VM and running these unsupported-on-TS-apps in that VM - they are all supported on XP - and then providing them to the TS users who need them via Remote App.  Will this work? How seamless is it?  I would appreciate Experts who've had field experience with Remote App to respond - I've read a bit on the subject but it's all been too theoretical.  If somebody can provide me with a good 'step-by-step' link where a specific Remote App is set up it would be appreciated - if I see such an example I will be able to emulate.
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by:kevinhsieh
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Remote App is only available on Windows 2008. What you can do is a single session RDP into the XP box, but that's really ugly. You're better off hacking them into your 2008 R2 Terminal Server.
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Thanks for the quick reply. I know the single-session RDP trick - actually I don't think it's that ugly - it's very simple and we have used it in the past and nobody has really complained. But remote app did look a bit more sophisticated so I wanted to take a look at it.   If as you say I can't use XP, I have the option in this situation of creating another 2008 TS that will run all the unorthodox apps. So what do I do to make an app a remote app? Again, I've seen various 'theory' type links but no particular step-by-step.  Also can the remote app be an app that is in XP mode on the 2008 box?
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Thanks for the link - don't know how I missed it. What remote apps have you had experience with?
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I have played around publishing Publisher as a RemoteApp, but that's about it. It hasn't bubbled up to the top of my priority list yet.
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