Putting RDC Links on Sharepoint.

AndyKeen
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Hi All.

As an IT  support company we RDC into many servers.

A few of our engineers have asked if it is possible to put RDC links onto our main SharePoint 2010 Company Web Intranet page.

In essence all we are looking for is a link - icon, what ever it is on the Main SharePoint page that allows our engineers to click and up pops the remote web page ready for login.

Our engineers often hot desk and when they log in they don't have all the RDP icons on their desktop page because its not their PC.

In summary our server is SBS2011 and all desktop PC's are Windows 7

Thank you
Regards
Andy

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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xaichenSenior Analyst

Commented:
Hi Andy,

Have you already ruled out using the builtin SBS2011 Remote Web Workplace RDC links?

SBS2011 comes with a nice builtin Remote Web Workplace portal and you can use the SBS console to make it easy to publish different RDC icons depending on who is logged in to that portal. It is also a good starting point to get to SharePoint, WebMail, Shared Drives etc.

For example if you visit https://localhost/remote on the SBS and login you'll see what I mean.

More info here:

http://blogs.technet.com/b/sbs/archive/2011/03/10/introduction-to-sbs-2011-remote-web-access-rwa.aspx

If you really just want the RDC files strored on SharePoint, I think you might need to add a MIME type entry on IIS to set the .RDC file to open with an application. Also if SharePoint wont let you upload the .RDC files you'll need to allow them in the SharePoint Site Management settings.

Best regards.

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Commented:
Hi Xaichen

Thanks for the help.

Not sure if we are at cross purposes here - please allow me to check.

We use the remote portal all the time - but it can be slow - so we prefer to use the 'Remote Desktop Connection' program built in to windows and RDC directly into our clients servers.

Why we are looking for is a centralised webpage on OUR sharepoint where we can list these RDC icons and simply click one and it will take us to the Server login screen for Customer A or click another one and it will take us to the login screen for Customer B and so-on.

I THINK you are referring to the standard remote portal for each customer we have - but that takes too long to navigate through.

Thanks Again.
Senior Analyst
Commented:
Hi Andy,

Ok, I see now that this is for spanning multiple domains  / customers.

In that case I suppose the steps would be, use mstsc.exe to create, name and save the RDP files after filling in the server name and any other connection specifics.

Upload the files to a Document Library in your SharePoint.

Go to IIS Console on the SharePoint server and make sure .rdp is listed in the MIME Types.

If SharePoint is not opening them correctly still try adding the file type to the SharePoint MIME type trusted list via SharePoint's Powershell Interface.

$webApplication = Get-SPWebApplication "http:/yourwebapplicationurl"             
$webApplication.AllowedInlineDownloadedMimeTypes.Add("application/rdp")            
$webApplication.Update()


Depending on the Web Browser used to access the Document Library the results may vary from opeing the RDP files directly in MSTSC.exe, or downlaoding them first and the user having to open them by double clicking the downloaded file.

Best regards.
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Commented:
Hi Xaichen.

Spot-on my Man - cool.... thank you.

You were right with your last comment - IE is asking to save first and then allows you to click OPEN.

By clicking on SAVE it adds to the users DOWNLOAD each time 'RDP (1), RDP (2) etc., and although only small files, this will require additional management

Is there anyway to stop this behaviour from happening?

Thanks again
Regards
Andy

Author

Commented:
excellent concise answer, stayed engaged and understood what was needed.
xaichenSenior Analyst

Commented:
Hi Andy,

I'll have a play to see if I can get it working and let you know. I'm sure it used to be seamless for at least one older version of IE, though I recall never getting it to work fluidly for Firefox and Chrome.

Best regards.

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