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ThinStation Autostart Windows Application in RDP

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We have a number of older PCs and even some Wyse Winterm thin clients that have the Linux ThinStation distro installed.  We've been using these to allow users to connect to one of two Windows 2003 Terminal Servers.  I would like to configure one workstation to auto-connect to a particular TS server, auto login, and open a Windows application (in application mode).  I understand how to configure a particular host to use a custom config file.  What I'm looking for is what to put in the ThinStation config file.  Are there parameters I could use that would imitate the Programs tab of the Windows RDP Client app (Start the following program on connection)?
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I might have mis-read the other posting. I was sure it said autoconnect.
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Thanks for responding.  I saw that other post, but I'm not using ICA.  I need to use a standard RDP connection.
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Here you go:

RECONNECT_PROMPT=On
SESSION_0_TYPE=rdesktop
SESSION_0_AUTOSTART=On
SESSION_0_RDESKTOP_SERVER=<ip of terminal services server>

Taken from:

http://sourceforge.net/apps/mediawiki/thinstation/index.php?title=thinstation:Conf
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Thanks again for responding, but the key that I'm looking for is to start an application immediately upon connecting - without launching the desktop.  Using the Windows Remote Desktop Client, this is done by configuring an application executable in the Program tab of the connection properties.  Once valid credentials are entered, the user is able to see the application, but nothing else.  When the application is closed, the user is immediately logged out.  This is what I'd like to do using ThinStation.
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Tony J earned 1500 total points
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Ah my mistake - I thought you wanted the ThinStation to autoconnect to a desktop.

Here you go. Can be done by GPO for specific groups, too:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc736643(WS.10).aspx
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I've looked into the GPO option.  I think I could get the user's session sufficiently locked down using GPO to be a kiosk. Thanks for the tip!
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Thanks for the solution.  This wasn't exactly what I was looking for, but is a decent work-around.
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