Terminal Service Install Mode

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Can you please tell me if you do not need to go into Install Mode anymore on Windows Server 2012 and upwards?

Is it only on versions of Windows Server 2008 and below?

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Since Server 2003, Terminal Services (currently known as Remote Desktop Services) attempts to automatically put the server into install mode based upon the following criteria:

A.  The Add/Remove programs applet or Programs and Features applet is used to install the program.
B.  The program uses a well-known file name to initiate the install; e.g. SETUP.EXE or INSTALL.EXE.
C.  The program uses the windows installer (regardless of the installation filename).

As a force of habit, many administrators will still manually put the server into install mode, which does not hurt anything.


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