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1 remote App-site for several different backend terminal servers (2008/2003)

Hi,

We have about 10 terminal servers which have all different functions. Users use to connect directly to the terminal server to get access (Windows 2008/2003).

I personally think this is a waste of energy since users should connect to 1 central site/only remember 1 url to connect to, then the icons of access they need should be there.
This central site can be a vm or 2 vm's behind a loadbalancer (similar to Citrix).

=> The only thing is that I don't know if it is feasable with Windows 2008/2003: can you create a central remote app-site (f.e. http://remoteapp.oursite.com)  which shows the different terminal server sessions AND/OR icons of apps (f.e. 3 servers with office for 1 team, 3 terminal server with company application only for other team operating from India etc)?

Please advise.

Thanks.
J.
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Tony JLead Technical ArchitectCommented:
Well you can't use RemoteApp for 2003 since it was only introduced with Server 2008 and requires that to function.

As for using it to publish the 2003 RDS Sessions: http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/Windows_Server_2008/Q_26920082.html
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janhoedtAuthor Commented:
Thanks! But what about using 1 website remoteapp for different backend 2008 ts?
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Tony JLead Technical ArchitectCommented:
Yes you can. http://blogs.msdn.com/b/rds/archive/2009/06/05/publishing-in-windows-server-2008-r2.aspx - see the section titled "Medium deployment, multiple servers"
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janhoedtAuthor Commented:
Thanks! But there 's mentioned:

If your deployment requirements are:

*    Publish only RemoteApp programs from multiple RD Session Host servers.
  *  Don’t publish personal virtual desktops or virtual desktop pools.

I need to publish specifcally rdp accesses ... is this is what is meant by "personal virtual desktops"?
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Tony JLead Technical ArchitectCommented:
No - personal virtual desktops are basically VDI.

In the web access gateway there's a remote desktops tab (going from memory here, sorry) and you can publish these from any server.

They don't (or at least never used to) show on the main applications page so you may have a bit of a learning curve there for the users.
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VirastaRUC Tech Consultant Commented:
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Tony JLead Technical ArchitectCommented:
So I get zero points for assisting you and providing you with detailed information.

Not even an assist? Even though it should rightly be the other way around?
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VirastaRUC Tech Consultant Commented:
Hi @ janhoedt

Yes, Tony1044 was there throughout this conversation and he deserves some points too.

Actually to be frank i got the spark to that article actually from Tony1044 recomendation.

Before alloting points ...please remember Every effort counts!!
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Tony JLead Technical ArchitectCommented:
Thank you, Virastar.
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VirastaRUC Tech Consultant Commented:
No points for me now??  :(

It's ok points come and go, but experience stays!! :)

Welcome Tony1044 :)
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Tony JLead Technical ArchitectCommented:
Agreed. 50/50 would be fairest.
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Tony JLead Technical ArchitectCommented:
Thank you modulus.
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