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Hour 19. Implementing Terminal Services

What You’ll Learn in This Hour:

The typical notion of a network client computer is a desktop computer that not only has a Windows operating system installed on it but also has applications installed locally (say, Microsoft Office). However, you may have client computers on the network that do not supply the configuration (meaning installed software) that meets all the needs of all the users who may need to use that computer. The Windows Terminal Services enables you to supply “nonstandard” network clients with Windows-based applications on a Windows desktop environment.

Understanding Terminal Services

The concept of the network thin client has been around nearly as long as desktop computing. A thin client is software (although it is often used to refer to the computer itself) that enables a computer with a minimal hardware configuration to connect to an application server. The thin client computer, which normally would not be capable of running a full-blown copy of a particular desktop operating system or desktop applications, is “served” these items by the application server. In the Windows Server 2008 environment, Terminal Services provides the desktop OS and required applications to the network thin client.

Using Terminal Services to provide thin clients with a Windows desktop operating system and applications enables users to access network resources on older desktop computers or computers with minimal hardware configurations. All the application processing and data storage is handled by the server. In essence, the terminal server functions as an application server, providing applications that would not run as standalone software on the thin client. A server running Terminal Services is referred to as a terminal server.

By the Way

So, what’s new with Terminal Services found in Windows Server 2008? First of all, the Terminal Services RemoteApp completely integrates applications running on a terminal server with users’ desktops. This means that the remote applications behave as if they were running on the user’s local computer. The new Terminal Services Web Access permits users to use applications via a web browser. So, Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services increases the ways that users can access the programs they need.

Terminal Services clients can access the applications provided over any TCP/IP connection. This means that users can connect via your local area network or can use remote access strategies such as dial-in or VPN to connect to the terminal server.

By the Way

Terminal Services clients are not necessarily limited to computers running different versions of the Windows operating system. These clients can include computers running the Macintosh OS. The Macintosh Remote Desktop client can be downloaded from the Microsoft Website (http://www.microsoft.com).

To take advantage of a terminal server on the network, you need to have a Licensing server on the network that provides and manages Terminal Services licenses. Each client that connects to the terminal server must have a license. These licenses are provided by the terminal server license server (TS license server). The TS license server can be the same server that is providing Terminal Services to network clients, or it can be another server on the network. If you are deploying Terminal Services on a very large network, it probably makes sense to allow a server other than the Terminal Services server to deal with the licenses to reduce some of the load on the Terminal Services server.

Any discussion of getting a terminal server up and running on the network is really a two-part story: You need to have a Terminal Services server to provide the applications and Windows desktop to the Terminal Services client, and a TS License server to take care of the licensing of clients requesting services from the Terminal Services server. On small networks one server can serve as both the Terminal Services server and the TS license server, and this is the approach used in the Terminal Services installation described in this hour.

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