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How do I enable dual monitor support in Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services (not R2)?

Posted on 2011-03-11
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So it seems our Dell server shipped with Server 2008 Std version but not R2! Too bad we already did extensive setup/install and now we need dual-monitor support for Terminal Services but I am seeing that it is only available with R2 for some reason. We are using Windows 7 clients and it seems like I should be able to find a way to get this to work since we used to be able to get WinXP clients to do it with a 2003 Terminal Services. As far as I can tell, these are my options:
-Get R2 and do an in-place upgrade of our server (not fun since it's a DC)
-Get a 3rd party app that does dual monitor support

Does anyone know of a different way to get 2008 to work with dual monitor support of any kind?
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by:Aaron Tomosky
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IMHO r2 is the only way to go for other reasons as well. However you do it, it only gets more painful the longer you wait.
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by:dailypcguy
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What about a matrox dual head or tripple head2go?

Are you just stretching the desktop across both monitors?

http://www.matrox.com/graphics/en/products/gxm/dh2go/

It has software to help manage the desktops, but it would depend on what level of support Terminal Services needs, that I don't know, yet.
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It looks like I will have to find a 3rd party app that installs on top of terminal services to enable dual monitor capability on the clients
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by:Lockesys
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no acceptable solution found so will have to find a workaround or reinstall everything
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