Remote desktop connection

Posted on 2011-10-14
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I have a Windows 2008 Server R2 with TS for Remote Desktop Connection.
Everyone is using on RDC a specific application for its job.
The applications are working with MS SQL Server 2005 databases.
The MS SQL 2005 is installed on a Windows 2003 server standard ed.
The two servers are connected using DNS.
Is there a possibility to use the applications without the users knowing they are working with RDC?
They have to use MS Excel, MS Word and internet explorer for internet applications with security keys (physical keys or token).
I've seen this kind of user; they don’t know they are using a server; all the icons are on local desktop and it looks like they are using local applications and programs.
Question by:gaby_dj
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    Accepted Solution

    you need to look at RemoteApp instead of remote desktop.

    Description from Wikipedia:link here

    RemoteApp (or TS RemoteApp) is a special mode of Remote Desktop Services, available only in Remote Desktop Connection 6.1 and above (with Windows Server 2008 being the RemoteApp server), where remote session configuration is integrated into the client operating system. The RDP 6.1 client ships with Windows XP SP3, KB952155 for Windows XP SP2 users,[12] Windows Vista SP1 and Windows Server 2008. The UI for the RemoteApp is rendered in a window over the local desktop, and is managed like any other window for local applications. The end result of this is that remote applications behave largely like local applications. The task of establishing the remote session, as well as redirecting local resources to the remote application, is transparent to the end user.[13] Multiple applications can be started in a single RemoteApp session, each with their own windows.[14]

    A RemoteApp can be packaged either as a .rdp file or distributed via an .msi Windows Installer package. When packaged as an .rdp file (which contains the address of the RemoteApp server, authentication schemes to be used, and other settings), a RemoteApp can be launched by double clicking the file. It will invoke the Remote Desktop Connection client, which will connect to the server and render the UI. The RemoteApp can also be packaged in a Windows Installer database, installing which can register the RemoteApp in the Start Menu as well as create shortcuts to launch it. A RemoteApp can also be registered as handler for filetypes or URIs. Opening a file registered with RemoteApp will first invoke Remote Desktop Connection, which will connect to the terminal server and then open the file. Any application which can be accessed over Remote Desktop can be served as a RemoteApp.[13]

    Windows 7 includes built-in support for RemoteApp publishing but it has to be enabled manually in registry, since there is no RemoteApp management console in client versions of Microsoft Windows.[15]
    LVL 12
    They might have been using a Citrix solution.

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    The link(s) for doc. Is (are) missing.

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