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Terminal Services Remote App: What is it, and how can it save you extra time?

Microsoft Terminal Services Remote Desktop Connection

There is an easier way to access programs remotely, rather than going through the TS Remote Desktop Connection

If you are already using Microsoft Terminal Services to remote into the office, you understand how valuable this tool is for providing access to your files and other information when you are out of the office.

However, even though it’s quite beneficial to access your information this way, it can take a few minutes to log into the system and get what you want, even when you have a shortcut saved on your desktop.

Additionally, when you access your office via terminal services, a window appears, displaying a secondary desktop. Sometimes you will need to switch between the term server desktop, and your laptop or mobile desktop, to accomplish certain tasks. Unfortunately, flipping back and forth like this has also been known to cause confusion with users, especially when the two desktops are too similar.

But what if there was an easier, faster way to allow you to connect remotely and access your information without ever leaving your local desktop? Well there is such a way, and it’s called Terminal Services Remote App (or TS Remote App).

Available on Windows Server 2008 and newer, TS Remote App allows you to access remote programs through the Terminal Server, but they appear as if they are running locally on your computer.

Accessing your commonly used office programs this way provides many benefits. First, it’s faster. You don’t have to go through multiple steps to access the programs and information that you need.

Second, it saves users frustration and confusion because the remote programs look and act like they are running on the local computer, even when they are not. Additionally, it saves new users confusion, because they don’t have to learn about logging into to a secondary source to access the office.

Third, TS Remote App is a great solution for running company software on small netbooks and other devices which may not have a CD rom drive or a large enough hard drive to accommodate installing the software on the actual device.

As an added perk, you can also use TS Remote App to allow your office programs and files to be available to employees through a web page that they can access as long as they have an internet connection. This feature can be extremely beneficial to remote employees.

If your office is already taking advantage of the features of Microsoft Terminal Services, and you want to take it to the next level, consider utilizing the features of TS Remote Apps. Once everything is setup, and shortcuts are created on laptops and other mobile devices, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without it.

If you want to start using remote features such as Terminal Services, and TS Remote Apps, but you don’t know where to start, call us today. We can help get your office up and running so that you can access it securely from anywhere, as long as you have an internet connection.


Julie Strier is a freelance writer who likes to help you understand your technology options. Email:julie@mybusinesswriter.com. Website: www.mybusinesswriter.com.