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Start program and enable desktop on terminal services logon

Posted on 2013-11-07
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Hi Experts - we are trying to get a program to start upon remote desktop login and have access to the desktop/start menu as well.   We are currently using this GPO to start the program on login but cannot access the desktop as the GPO is designed to do this.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc770821.aspx
Is there another way to do this?
We need to start a different program for different users based on the OU they are contained in.  I'm not too well versed on Remote Desktop Services, so please let me know if you need additional information about our setup.

Running Server 2008 R2 datacenter.
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by:Miguel Angel Perez Muñoz
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You can create one GPO per OU with different programs you need to run. Then, link this GPO to OU as needed. This article may help you to create GPO: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc786890(v=ws.10).aspx; http://www.virtualizationadmin.com/articles-tutorials/terminal-services/general/managing-terminal-services-group-policy.html
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by:thecomputerplace
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Thanks for the post Drashiel - but have that working, the program starts, but we want users to have access to the desktop as well.  Is this possible?  Do we need to incorporate loopback processing so it starts the program via one gpo but then enables the desktop via both of these settings?
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by:Miguel Angel Perez Muñoz
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I think that this not possible. When you configure a program to start, disables access to desktop. Maybe you can try launching explorer.exe and your program (on a bat file or similar), but I haven´t tested.
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I couldn't find a way to get this working - although I didn't try to put the shortcut in startup folder of each user account instead of using GPO.   We were able to work around needing access to desktop by forwarding the local drive to the RDP session and allowing the user to export data to their local hard drive.
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we couldn't find a way to get this to work but a workaround was found.
thank you
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