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Different IE version for Terminal Server users?

Posted on 2013-12-11
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Last Modified: 2014-02-12
We have a Win2008 Windows terminal server with a bunch of users.  A couple of users runs a web based temperature control web application that requires a specific version of Java, and other users need a newer version of IE.
Can I have different version of IE running on the same terminal server?
Question by:Soho_Dan
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Expert Comment

ID: 39712074
Your best solution is to virtualize IE so that you can publish various versions to the terminal server.

Author Comment

ID: 39712142
Sounds like it's still running virtual machines on the same hardware?
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Expert Comment

ID: 39712156
It is not a seperate virtual machine, but a virtual application.  Allows you to contain all application files, settings, registry entries, dlls, within a virtual package so that these DLL's and settings do not interfere with the base VM.
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Author Comment

ID: 39712191
The document talks about using MED-V, WinXP mode and Terminal Services.  We are already using Terminal Services.  Isn't WinXP a virtual machine?
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Expert Comment

ID: 39712235
No, it is an operating system.  Give IETester a try to see if it meets your needs. It is a seperate browser that allows you to have the rendering and javascript engines of IE10, IE9, IE8, IE7 IE 6 and IE5.5 - users can pick their IE version on the fly.
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Cláudio Rodrigues earned 1500 total points
ID: 39732527
MED-V is indeed a VM. Period. That means you CANNOT run this on a TS. Simple as that.
Regarding Java, with RDS CALs you get the App-V licenses included. That means you can use App-V to virtualize Java so different users on the same TS/RDS can indeed run different versions of Java on a per application basis actually (same user can run three apps all with three different Java versions).
IE, there is no way around it at the OS level.
What can be done is use something like Browsium Ion/Catalyst. That will allow you to tackle the different IE versions requirement.

Cláudio Rodrigues
Citrix CTP
Microsoft MVP - RDS

Author Closing Comment

ID: 39855336
There is no solution for me but since this thread has been opened for so long, I'm closing it.

Thank you all for the help.

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