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Product: Codename "Whistler" Server and Advanced Server Beta 2
Company: Microsoft
Estimated Street Price: N/A
Review By: Stewart Saathoff

Terminal Services

Table Of Contents
1: Introduction
2: Installation (Remote Installation Services)
3: Configuring DNS
4: Configuring Your Server
5: Installation of Active        Directory
6: Setting Up and Configuring IIS 5.1 (or 6.0)
7: Microsoft SharePoint
8: Administrative Enhancements
9: Terminal Services
10: Conclusion

Whistler has enhanced Terminal Services as well.  In Whistler, you can map sound to the clients, you also have the ability to map printer, and serial ports for the clients as well.  Whistler also provides built-in support for Remote Administration through Terminal Services.  This basically means that if an Administrator wants to access a computer remotely through a Terminal session, he or she could without having to manually configure the server.  Windows 2000 supported this function, but the Administrator would have to setup Terminal Services in Remote Administration mode from the Control Panel in Add/Remove Programs.  Whistler also extends the ability of Terminal Services through IIS.  There is an additional component that you can add through Add/Remove Programs in the IIS section that would allow any user with a web browser and correct Access Control to execute a Terminal Session through the web browser.  This option was available in Windows 2000 if you installed the appropriate add-on for Windows 2000.  If you install this option, you can access the server through the address http://serveraddress/tsweb.  There will be a screen that will appear like the one shown below:


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This screen installs the ActiveX control locally to your machine necessary to access Terminal Services over the Web.   After the ActiveX control is successfully installed for your web browser, the server requires that you logon.  Once you logon to the system, the Following screen appears allowing you to select the Server that you want to control, as well as the resolution of the Server in the Browser Window.


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Once you click the Connect button, the screen below displays the server in the browser.  You are required to log on to the Server, then everything works just like you are on the Server, except you are doing all of this through a web interface. 


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Whistler still supports Terminal Services in Application mode, but you have to install that from the Control Panel.  When you do, the Setup program will warn you that some of the applications on the system will not work properly after it is configured.  There is also another Terminal Services Extension that Whistler supports, and it is found through the MMC.  It is called the Remote Desktop snap-in.  This snap-in allows you remotely administer up to 20 XP/Whistler machines from one window.  If you would like to control any one of them, simply click the computer name that you add and you can see that computer’s desktop from the MMC window.


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