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Using Chrome on Server 2008R2 Remote Desktop Services and the AD Environment Tab

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We have 3 x 2008 R2 Servers running Remote Desktop Services.  The RDS servers support about 300 thin client connected stations which perform an operation on our production floor which needs to be secure. When the station logs in, it executes a program using the Environment Tab in Active Directory.

What this does is locks out anything else in the RDP session, and if the program that is opened via the Environment tab is closed, then the session closes out and hte thin client then launches a fresh session re-opening the app.

Problem:
The environment tab launches a single executable, and if that exe closes, so does the remote desktop session.  
We have a new application which uses a web browser and requires authentication via htaccess.  Chrome will allow passing of htaccess credentials in the address, as well as a few other switches that are very handy for this application.

Chrome wont just load one exe.  When you open Chrome, it appears to open a base Chrome.exe, and then launch a second chrome.exe for each tab.  The environment tab in AD wont allow the launching of the second chrome.exe.

We can run it without the environment tab, however I really like using that function because if something happens to the process, the system simply closes the session, and another opens automatically.


I tried to launch a vbscript using cscript.exe as the program launched in the envonrment, and it did launch chrome.exe, but once again, only the first exe.

If any one has any suggestions on how I can use Chrome with the Environment tab, OR any other way to lauch Chrome in a remote desktop session and have it close out the session if chrome is closed, then I would be greatly appreciative.

Paul
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You might just want to use a different browser that uses 1 process for all tabs / extensions / plugins.  Chrome's crash control makes all tabs, plugins and extensions run in separate processes and then one extra for the browser itself.  Is there a reason you need to use Chrome?  It seems like a lot of extra work to get env tab to work with chrome than just substituting with firefox or something..
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Chrome has a command line switch to force full screen and a function to automatically switch between 3 tabs every 30 seconds automatically.

I tried Firefox and there was no switch to force full screen in the version I tried.

Safari had no command line options

I am interested in alternate browsers. My main requirement is to force full screen and pass htaccess creds

Thank you
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Thanks, we ended up just using IE and we manually manage some of the features.
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