Windows Server 2008: Terminal Server Management and Administration

Today we will be continuing on with Terminal Services, specifically the Management and Administration components. There are several tools and methods that can be used to configure Terminal Services configuration, user settings, connections and sessions - you may already be familiar with some of them: Terminal Services Manager Terminal Services Configuration Tool Terminal Services Command […]

Today we will be continuing on with Terminal Services, specifically the Management and Administration components.

There are several tools and methods that can be used to configure Terminal Services configuration, user settings, connections and sessions - you may already be familiar with some of them:

  • Terminal Services Manager
  • Terminal Services Configuration Tool
  • Terminal Services Command Line Tools
  • Terminal Services Group Policies
  • Terminal Services WMI Provider
  • Terminal Services extension to Local Users and Groups
  • Active Directory Users and Computers

Additionally, connections settings that are not configured at the group, computer or user level can be set in the Remote Desktop Client application on a per-session basis.

In mixed Windows environments, it may be necessary to use a combination of tools.  For example, you may configure your Windows Server 2008 Terminal Servers through Group Policies, and use the Terminal Services Configuration tool to configure servers that are running previous versions of Windows.  Similarly there will be cases where two or more connections are present on the same computer, and where it is preferred to configure each connection separately.  In this case, Group Policy would not be the ideal method.  You would use the Terminal Services Configuration tool instead as it allows you to configure Terminal Services settings on a per-connection basis.

Let's take a look at some of the different tools individually - beginning with the Terminal Services Manager:

The Terminal Services Manager MMC snap-in may be used to perform the following tasks on local or remote Terminal Servers:

  • Remotely control a user's session
  • Display information about server, sessions, users and processes
  • Connect to and disconnect from sessions
  • Monitor sessions
  • Reset sessions
  • Send messages to users
  • Log off users
  • Terminate processes

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