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Lesson 1

Install Terminal Services

You will find that Windows 2000 Terminal Server provides an ideal solution for organizations and clients that do not want to upgrade their present hardware, but want to take advantage of 32-bit Windows applications that require greater memory and processing power than what can be delivered with their extant hardware. You will find that the Terminal Server provides quick responses for the user. The Microsoft RDP protocol allows for quick and seamless transmission of screen redraws from the Terminal Server to the user's Terminal Server client application. By the end of this module, you should be able to:
  1. Install Terminal Services
  2. Configure user access and client settings
  3. Install Terminal Services Client
  4. Establish a Terminal session
  5. Choose installation options
  6. Run application compatibility scripts
  7. Adjust the performance and security settings for remote administration

Windows Terminal Services is the old name for Remote Desktop Services (RDS). RDS is still being used by Microsoft and is a popular way to access remote computers. RDS allows users to connect to a remote computer and use it as if they were sitting in front of it. RDS is often used to provide remote access to applications and data that are hosted on a central server. In 2008, Microsoft renamed Terminal Services to Remote Desktop Services to reflect the fact that it is a more comprehensive solution that includes support for remote applications, remote desktops, and remote administration. RDS is a powerful tool that can be used to improve productivity and efficiency in a variety of ways. For example, RDS can be used to:
  1. Provide remote access to applications and data that are hosted on a central server
  2. Allow employees to work from home or other remote locations
  3. Provide technical support to remote users
  4. Deliver training and education to remote students

If you are looking for a way to provide remote access to your applications and data, then RDS is a good option to consider.
The next lesson looks at how to install Terminal Services.

Securing Microsoft Terminal Services