Applications and Terminal Server 2008 Enterprise

Posted on 2012-09-19
Last Modified: 2012-09-19
I have a Windows terminal server 2008 enterprise that i have the microsoft office 2010 applications installed on.  Very simply I would like to create a "custom" desktop that allows users that have access to the server run the applications with as little resource impact to the server.  What is the most efficient way to do this?
Question by:mogurek
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    by:Brad Bouchard
    Let them log in like normal, obviously not being local admins on the TS, and create a Group Policy object that redirects their documents, appdata, and desktop folders to another server.  It will offload the read/write on that server and allow for users to log on from any workstation.

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    could you give me a sample of a group policy that redirects documents, creates a "same" desktop view, etc?
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    The way to create the same desktop view is to simply lock the users down from being local admins on the server, which I assume you already did.  The next thing to do is create a share somewhere on your network that can be used for redirection.  From there, create a folder called desktop with only the links you want the users to see on the desktop.  Then redirect each users desktop (with one Group Policy) to this folder, and redirect their My Documents and AppData folders to the top level shared folder you created earlier.

    You'll find these settings under Group Policy Management > YOURGROUPPOLICYOBJECT > User Configuration > Windows Settings > Folder Redirection

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