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Installing and Configuring Terminal Services


Deploying Terminal Services
Sample Chapter 16 from the Windows 2000 Server Deployment Planning Guide, Published by Microsoft Press. Provides an overview of Terminal Services, discusses deployment plans, configuring servers, preparing for Client deployment, planning for testing and piloting, and creating a deployment and planning task list. Source:

Configuring the Terminal Server Client
Putting it all together: preparing and testing the network connection between your handheld PC and Windows 2000 terminal server. Source: EarthWeb (Nov 24, 2001)

HOW TO: Install the Terminal Services Client in Windows 2000
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 314894 - This step-by-step article describes how to install the Windows Terminal Services client on a computer running Windows 2000.

HOW TO: Deploy the Terminal Services Client by Using Active Directory in Windows 2000
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 236573 - This article describes how to distribute the Windows Terminal Services client in an enterprise by using Group Policy in Active Directory. This article uses terms and concepts that are described in the "Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Windows Installer.

HOW TO: Install Terminal Services in Application Server Mode 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 306626 - Terminal Services provides remote computers access to Windows-based programs that are running on the server. Microsoft Windows 2000 Server and Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server includes Terminal Services Client Software to support 16 and 32-bit Windows-based clients. In remote administration mode, Terminal Services provides access to physically or logically distant servers. In Application Server mode, Terminal Services provides a multisession environment for server-side computing. This step by step article describes how to install Terminal Services using the Application Server mode. 

HOW TO: Install Terminal Services in Remote Administration Mode 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 306624 - This step-by-step article describes how to install Windows 2000 Terminal Services in Remote Administration mode. When you use Terminal Services, remote client computers can gain access to Windows-based programs that are running on the server 

Installing Terminal Services on the Server
Brien Posey explains system requirements and the installation process for configuring terminal services on your Windows 2000 server. Source: EarthWeb (Nov 23, 2001)

Preparing the Network Card and Terminal Server Client
So far in this series, I've explained how the Windows 2000 terminal services work, and I've explained how to configure your server to use them. Now, it's time to begin configuring your terminal server client to remotely access the server.
Source: EarthWeb (Nov 24, 2000)

Terminal Services Advanced Client
The Terminal Services Advanced Client (TSAC) is available on the Windows 2000 SP1 CD in the 'valueadd' directory, and is not a component of SP1 itself. As such, the TSAC is not included in the SP1 Web download, but it can be downloaded separately from the TSAC download page. The TSAC is a Win32©-based ActiveX? control (COM object) that can be used to run Terminal Services sessions within Microsoft Internet Explorer.

Scripted Home Directory Paths Require That Folders Exist
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 271657 - You can script home folder and Terminal Services home directory paths in Microsoft Windows 2000. Home folder paths can be scripted by using Active Directory Services Interface (ADSI) to modify the HomeDrive and HomeDirectory properties of a user account. You can also modify Terminal Services home directory properties using a custom Component Object Model (COM) object that wraps the Windows Terminal Server (WTS) APIs (WTSUserConfigTerminalServerHomeDir and WTSUserConfigTerminalServerHomeDirDrive). 

Security Concern with Share-Level Security and Terminal Services
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 260853 - Client computers that are running Microsoft Windows 95 or Microsoft Windows 98 with password-protected shares (this is known as share-level security) may pose a security concern with Windows 2000, particularly with Terminal Services. 

Windows 2000 Terminal Services Capacity and Scaling
Microsoft white paper provides capacity and scaling results, testing methodology and detailed performance analysis of the Terminal Services component of the Windows© 2000 server family. Source: (updated May 8, 2000)

Windows 2000 Terminal Services Issues in an Active Directory Domain Environment
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 250776 - Windows 2000 Terminal Services provides increased functionality for Windows 2000 domain environments, and affects all aspects of the domain environment. This article describes the affected areas, and provides links to Microsoft Knowledge Base articles (

Windows 2000 Terminal Services Session Management Tools
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 243202 - You can use a variety of command-line tools in Windows 2000 Terminal Services to manage a server running Terminal Services. This article briefly describes the Tscon.exe, Tsdiscon.exe, Tsshutdn.exe, Tskill.exe, and Rwinsta.exe tools, and the purpose they serve in administering a computer running Windows 2000 Terminal Server 

Windows 2000 Terminal Services Unattended Setup Settings
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 230597 - You can use the settings listed below to install and configure Terminal Server services during Windows 2000 unattended installation. Note that Terminal Server can be installed only on Windows 2000 Server versions. 


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