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Further to this previous question of mine  - http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/Windows_Server_2008/Q_27657926.html - would Windows 7 Thin PC allow me to have a Windows 7 system that only allows the user to log into RDS - no access to any local Windows 7. If it  does will it still support Remote FX?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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Windows 7 Thin PC is a small foot print version of Windows 7, that can be locked down.

It also supports RemoteFX as part of RDP connection, it allows you to repurpose PCs as Thin Clients.
First of all where are you connecting to?
RemoteFX requires either a 2008 R2 RDS Session Host box with SP1 or a Windows 7 VM running under Hyper-V.
Secondly the best way I found to lock down a Windows OS and make sure as soon as users logon to it they go directly to the RDP connection is to us ThinDesktop. Sure, paid product (although inexpensive) but works flawlessly and closes all the holes users can find to fire up other applications or even close the RDP client.

Cheers.

Cláudio Rodrigues
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Thanks for the quick response.  Yes we are connecting to a 2008 R2 RDS Session Host box.

The site has licenses for ThinPC which as far as I understand supports RemoteFX so these folks are not going to pay for additional software - too many workstations involved. The question is whether ThinPC is customizable to the point we're talking - basically the user gets an RDP login screen - and that's it. If either of you have customized ThinPC perhaps you can tell me if this customization would be available.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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out of the box, it does not do what you want it to do. e.g. work like a Wyse Thin Client, with Autologin to RDP session etc

you still need to develop, it replace the shell...
As I said you can indeed do this with ThinPC but it will not be as locked and elegant as something like ThinDesktop that was built for that single purpose.


Cláudio Rodrigues
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hancocka:

You write:
"you still need to develop, it replace the shell..."

 tsmvp: You write: "As I said you can indeed do this with ThinPC"

Do either of  you have any links/instructions on how one goes about doing that?
Some ideas here:
http://community.spiceworks.com/topic/190782-replacement-windows-shell-for-rdp
As you will see it has it's drawbacks as I mentioned before.

Cláudio Rodrigues
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you edit the registry, and chage the shell from Explorer to mstsc.exe.

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Thanks for the additional tips.

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