Windows Server 2008 R2 Deploying Applications with RemoteApp

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RemoteApp is a solution for delivering applications to your users from a Remote Desktop Services Server.

Why would you want to do this? Imagine you only had one copy of office to update in your entire organisation when a new service pack or security update is released., or Adobe bring out a new version of Dreamweaver that’s on all your machines – you simply update the master copy on the RDS server, or redeploy new RemoteApps.

In the following example I’ll configure the server, and create a RemoteApp application (Word 2010) and finally, deploy it to my domain clients.

Client requirements: Windows XP (SP2), Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2003 SP2, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2.

Note: For XP and Server 2003 clients you need to have installed Remote Desktop Connection (Terminal Services Client 6.0).


1. On a 2008 R2 Server (That’s a domain member), Start > Run > CompMgmtLauncher.exe {enter} > Roles > Add Roles > Remote Desktop Services > Add the following “Role Services” > Remote Desktop Session Host > Remote Desktop Web Access > (If you do not have a RDS Licensing services Licencing server add that also).

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2. Select “Network Level Authentication” >Select your licensing mode > Add in the user(s) and/or group(s) you want to grant access to > Set your client experience options > Set the scope for the licensing server (per forest or per domain) > When complete let the server reboot.

3. If you do not already have a RDS Licensing server then activate the Licensing Server and follow the instructions. (Start > Administrative Tools > Remote Desktop Services > Remote Desktop Licensing Manager).

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4. Then Start > Administrative Tools > Remote Desktop Services > Remote Desktop Session Host Configuration > Locate Licensing > And click the “Not Specified” > Then add in the licencing server you just activated.

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5. Install and configure the applications you want to deploy. Then Start > Administrative Tools > Remote Desktop Services > RemoteApp Manager > Add RemoteApp Programs > Install and configure the desired application.

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6. Add the computers that need access to RemoteApp(s) to the LOCAL group on the RDS server called “TS Web Access Computers”.

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8. In the RemoteApp Manager select “Create Windows Installer Package” follow the instructions and put the resulting .msi file in a network share that your domain clients can access.

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9. Send out the .msi file generated to your clients by group policy.

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10. By default your deployed RemoteApps will be listed on the clients start menu under “Remote Programs”.

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Related Articles, References, Credits, or External Links

Server 2008 – Terminal Server (Remote Desktop Services) Licensing

Server 2008 R2 Install and Configure Remote Desktop Services (Web Access)

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