RD Gateway 2008 - configure pass-thru access only

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We had a Windows Server 2008 RD Gateway that once accessed, displayed only another RDP session connection and forced the User to either 1) "hop" to another resource on the network, or 2) cancel and be logged out. The Server failed, and we had to rebuild. Now we can no longer get that functionality. When Users connect, they get the entire desktop, like a "regular" Terminal Server. How can we get that functionality back, where Users get another RDP dialog connection box without access to the RD Gateway desktop?
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You need to set up Remote Desktop Connection as a RemoteApp on your RDS box.  The executable is mstsc.exe..

Another possibility would be to change the RDP Listener on the server to start RDC as the initial program upon connection.  That's under Administrative Tools | Remote Desktop Services | Remote Desktop Session Host Configuration.  Right click on the RDP-TCP listener and go to Properties | Environment.  From there you select Start the following program when the user logs on.  The program executable is mstsc.exe.  

The one serious downside to method 2 is that you as the administrator would still end up having mstsc.exe as your shell, so you couldn't remotely get to the desktop either without a few hoops (hit Ctrl-Alt-End to bring up the security dialog, and if you haven't locked it down, you can start a new task, and run explorer.exe (or cmd.exe or powershell, etc.)  

One of the things you can do is add a logon script that runs through a shortcut under %systemdrive%\programdata\microsoft\windows\start menu\programs\startup.  The script would check the security or group membership of the user and if they are not a domain administrator, then it logs them off.  Since this runs from the Start Menu startup, the script would only activate if Explorer is loaded as the shell.



Perfect, thank you! I have wasted so many hours on this....thanks for pulling me out of the swamp!
Seth SimmonsSr. Systems Administrator

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