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using windows remoteapp without exposing remote desktop admin screen

Hello,

I have a remoteapp server using server 2008 R2 that is running fine.  However if you use remote desktops and go to the IP address the windows server login page will display.  How can I run remoteapp without having the server login page of the server being exposed to the outside world?

Thank you
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Tim Lewis
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
No way to do this. Because remoteapp is built upon RDP, enabling one inherently enables the other. Microsoft has not defined any security policies to filter connections and allow one and prevent the other.
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ZabagaRCommented:
What I did to help remedy that problem is this:

I put a shortcut to logoff.exe (c:\windows\system32\logoff.exe) in the all users startup folder (C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup)

You have to unhide c:\ProgramData\ - it's hidden by default. Change it in Organize -> Folder & Search -> View.

Then I set the NTFS security on the logoff shortcut so only my group of remote app users could run it (i.e. so admins like myself wouldn't get logged off at log in).

When you use RemoteApp, that \StartUp\ folder where you dropped the logoff shortcut/link isn't processed. So RemoteApp users will be unaffected. Only people logging on with standard RDP session will get logged off

And this will only run logoff.exe for those person(s) or group(s) you set on the security tab of the logoff shortcut.
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
I'm curious why y'all want to do this. RemoteApp isn't a security boundary and can never effectively be used as one. It is a user interface convenience (and a good one) so I'm not sure what attempting to block traditional RDP accomplishes?
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