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I have a 2008 SBS & currently have a Win2k3 server set up as a terminal server, that's soon to be replaced with a 2008 server, running the new & improved (?) Remote Desktop Services.

I want a drive to be mapped when a user logs on & want them to either only have the ability to log off, or have them logged off automatically when they quit their session - no shut down option, but don't see where I can set up a profile for that!

Has printing improved with Remote Desktop Services? On the the win2k3 server, I was using a program called Net2Printer, which allowed users to print to their own printers. Will I still need a 3rd party app like that?

FYI, only programs that will be used are Quickbooks, Word & Outlook.

I was planning on upgrading Win2k3 to 2008, to be a BDC, as well, assuming it's still taboo to have terminal services running on a DC.

Any advice appreciated!
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I definitely wouldn't run remote desktop services / terminal services on a DC. It is a bad idea. You don't need a 3rd party print application. Go to Remote Desktop Host Configuration. In the properties of your rdp-tcp connection, just allow printer redirection. It's on the Client Settings tab. W2K8 uses easy printing where the print jobs are rendered on the term server then sent back to the client where their own printer driver does the printing. See here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/askperf/archive/2008/02/17/ws2008-terminal-services-printing.aspx

Under the sessions tab, still in properties of rdp-tcp, you can control what happens when a user loses their connection or quits. Disconnect & Log off are set here.

If your users aren't admins, they won't be able to shut down the server. Default policy dictates that. Even if its just local policy on your terminal server, you can check the "shut down the system" under user rights assignment. In group policy, thats under Computer Configuration,  Windows Settings, Security Settings, Local Policies.
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Thanks for the advice - been a long weekend, so I'll give that a try tomorrow & get back to you.
Thanks, again!
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Ok, printing works great & I'm even using a wireless printer, which I thought could add another fly to the ointment!
As far as the session settings, I'm gonna try override on both, with end disconnected session in 5 minutes(?) - my thinking is that if they get disconnected they may try to reconnect immediatley, which should put them right back where they were (right?), or if they don't try, it will disconnect in 5 minutes, or should that be something else.
I set idle session limit at 10 min, & when limit reached or connection broken, end session, hoping that this will keep users from being in limbo & someone having to go to server & disconnect their session.
Any advice?
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I usually set my disconnected sessions to end in 5 minutes. Sometimes you accidentally lose your connection, or want to move to another desktop PC - so reconnecting is nice. But after 5 minutes, for me, it means a user didn't exit properly...meaning they clicked the X in their RDP session instead of logging out....in which case I want them logged off.

In my job, we leave idle alone - no limit. People may not be active with keyboard & mouse for a while and don't want to have to log in all over again.

"When session limit is reached or connection is broken" is really whatever works best for you. I usually set that to "disconnect"...then my 5 minute 'disconnected' setting goes into effect.

We also use a script to log off all users at the end of the night
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