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Currently trying to deploy remoteapp using remote desktop services on a 2008 R2 server.   I need to make the default application program MODI (Microsoft Office Document Imaging) instead of Microsoft Photo viewer when trying to view TIFF or TIF files.    I had to install Sharepoint designer to implement MODI when using Microsoft Office 2010.   On the folder itself I was able to make the MODI open TIFF and TIF files.   However, users are getting Microsoft Photo Viewer using the remoteapp to view TIFF or TIF.   I need MODI to be the default application program.

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The instructions for making the changes using the UI is not the same for 2008 R2 as it is detailed for 2012.   I am not familiar with Powershell, so I am having problem trying to follow those instructions.  Any other suggestions?
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The instructions should still apply to 2008 R2, have you tried them?

Publishing file type associations using UI

When a RemoteApp program is published, we calculate the list of file type associations that it can support when running as a RemoteApp program. To see this list, open up the properties of a published RemoteApp program in the new Server Manager UI, and navigate to the File Type Associations tab:

(Go to the properties of the Microsoft Office Document Imaging)

To publish file type associations for this RemoteApp program, simply select the file types that you want to be made available to end-users and click OK or Apply.

After you have published file type associations for your apps, they will automatically be installed for all users who are subscribed to the RemoteApp and Desktop Connection as a default connection. That installation will happen the next time the user’s client updates the connection (by default it updates every night around midnight).

So basically you're amending the properties of the actual application to ensure when users click .TIFF or .TIF that it opens with Microsoft Office Document Imaging
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If the above doesn't work or make sense the below guide will help you change the file association by making an amendment to the registry on the server where the application is published from.

http://www.grouppolicy.biz/2011/09/how-to-use-group-policy-to-change-open-with-file-associations/
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The first option that you gave me Roshan  does not seem to apply as I am not seeing the UI interface that you mentioned.   I just created a group policy to force the file association, so I am waiting for the changes to take place to confirm results.
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Okay,

Let me know how it goes.
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I am still having issues either way
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So you've applied the group policy and you're still having the issue? When the user opens a .TIFF does it not prompt them what they want to use as a default opener? if you remote onto the server and you open a .TIFF does it prompt you?

Have you tried changing this in the Control Panel on the server?

I've posted a screenshot of a server in my test lab.

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As you can see, my default settings on the server is indeed MODI and it opens it up automatically.

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So if a user opens up a .TIFF on RDS01 they get MS PhotoViewer instead of MODI correct?

Does this effect all users?
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Have you also rebooted the server since making the above Group Policy change?
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If any user using RD Web Access from a remote computer tries to open a .TIF or .TIFF, they are getting MS PhotoViewer instead of MODI.   I will reboot the server and try again, because I did not reboot the server after making changes to the group policy.
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Reboot the server and post back your results. Did you make the change on the server the users would be essentially using to use the published application?
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Yes all changes are on the server in question where they will run the RemoteApps.   I am still getting the same thing after rebooting the server.  Sorry
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I've ask my colleague about this and he emailed me this:

1. Log on to the RDSH server as the yourdomain.co.uk\Administrator user account.

2.Server Manager will start automatically. If it does not automatically start, click Start, type servermanager.exe, and then click Server Manager.

3.On the left side of the window, click Remote Desktop Services.

4.Under Collections, click SessionCollection.

5.Under the REMOTEAPP PROGAMS heading, right-click MODI, and then click Edit Properties.

6.Click File Type Association.

7.Select .TIF and .TIFF

8.Click OK.

9. Retest, a server reboot maybe required.
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I was able to see 1-3, but do not see 4 anywhere


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What about under RemoteApp Manager and RemoteApp sources?
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I think I've found the answer to your issue.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/library/cc730673(v=ws.10).aspx

Then scroll down to Create a Windows Installer package from a RemoteApp Program.
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This worked like a charm, because has the option to state to use the associated file extension
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Which solution worked in the end? Literally jumped with joy when you marked this as RESOLVED!!!

Perseverance has paid off :)
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Correct your last solution worked as you expected.  I now have another question and will post shortly.   Yes it does paid off...
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