I installed windows 7 on a terminal server, can multiple users access this

Posted on 2011-04-29
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I installed windows 7 on a terminal server, can multiple users access this. Also can I still boot to the original partition running windows server 2008 ?
Question by:KH_IT
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    You can't install windows on aterminal server.
    You can enable RDP access on a Windows 7 system.
    Depending on the version of windows 7 you install you can have two sessions running on it (i will check from home if you can have two concert sessions)

    You can install Microsoft Office on a terminal server.

    You can install windows 7 on a Hyper V windows 2008 server as a vm
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    No you cannot have multiple concurrent sessions on Windows 7. Windows 7 is not a terminal server.  The active session goes to the console or to RDP (if enabled). You can switch users in the active session.
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    The real answer to the KH_IT's question  is NO you can't  install Windows 7 on Windows 2008 terminal server

    you can install Windows 7 as a VM on Windows 2008 HyperV

    If you install Windows 7 on Hyper V whoever has access to the network can RDP to hyperV'd if Windows 7 has remote access enabled and the users are at least in the Windows 7 remote users group. Also note only one person at a time can access it.

    If you want to publish an application (like word, excel, Internet Explorer) on a terminal services server then whoever (as many as) you allow access to your Terminal Server can run those applications, at the same time.

    NOTE: you also have to confirm licensing compliance.

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    OK!!   Guess how long it took me to read KH_IT's whole question.

    KH_IT did install Windows 7 onto a server that was running Windows 2008 TS. But he installed it on a new separate partition. (I know, just like he said)

    For some reason I could not think someone would take a Windows TS server offline to install Windows 7 onto the hardware overtop of the Windows 2008.

    If Windows 7 and Windows 2008 were installed on separate partitions and you configured a boot menu to choose between them you could run either but not both.  As stated earlier you could not run more than one copy of it at a time, though.

    If you want to run several copies of Windows 7 then Load HyperV onto the server (The Windows 2008 partition).  Load Windows 7 as a VM as many times as you want to run concurrently. Then each user that you want to run windows 7 can RDP to a separate VM with Windows 7 on it. But they would all use a different install of Windows 7. Again confirm Licensing. This way you can have wINDOWS 2008 TS running and Windows 7 at the same time.

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    Yes, that is a pretty unusual installation scenario.  I missed that also. Just when you think you understand, look again.....

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