Custom App through Remote Desktop Service and RemoteApp in windows 2008 or 2012

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I have a few custom applications ONLY work with Windows XP 32bit.
Running Windows XP mode in windows 7 or VM in windows 8 give overhead to PCs. I was reading briefly about remote desktop service, think it may resolve the problem I have now.

I'm new to Remote Desktop service. In this senario, is it possible to deploy the applications on server and distribute to clients?
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No. With remote desktop services (and remoteapp), the application is running on the server. Only the GUI elements are sent to the desktop. If the app doesn't run on Win7, then it almost certainly won't run on Server 2008 R2 or 2012. I'd be strongly looking at upgrading or switching applications if the app manufacturer is still requiring XP.

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the app developer is not available. that's why.
So the only way to centralize the xp only compatible applications are through virtual machine of windows 2003 with terminal service...I guess
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You could try 2008 (non R2) as that still had a 32-bit edition. The last of the 32 bit server OSes, in fact. But regardless, it is bailing water out of a sinking ship. XP support ends very soon. 2003 only a year away. 2008 not much farther out. If the app developer os not available, switch apps (or hire a new developer of it was developed in house before.) I can't imagine investing in old server licenses, CALs (both server and TS), server infrastructure, and ongoing support for an OS. that is going to be effectively a malware target in a year. That is not a path I'd commit to lightly. While the "right" solution is undoubtedly more costly (tax write-off, so less costly than it sounds), it is far more sustainable long term.

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