Publishing Remote Desktop (RDP) / VDI

TAC offers multiple remote desktop application connection types:


  • Pre-defined remote desktop applications - The remote desktop server that a user would try to connect to would be pre-configured.    This is useful for for a single RDP application or single desktop, but you cannot define multiple RDP servers in a single application.


  • User-defined remote desktop applications - A predefined RDP application user will connect to the predefined server.


  • RemoteApp - RemoteApp enables you to make programs that are accessed remotely through Remote Desktop Services appear as if they are running on the end user's local computer

Predefined Remote Desktop Applications

Below screenshot depicts Remote Desktop Server settings window for a predefined remote desktop application. 


In the user defined Remote Desktop application end user prompt to enter server IP or the FQDN to connect from the list of RDP servers defined by the administrator. Therefore if there are multiple servers available to connect the administrator does not need to add multiple predefined remote desktop application on the TAC Site.  
 




User-defined Remote Desktop Applications

Below screenshot depicts the Remote desktop server settings window for a user defined remote desktop application. 

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To publish Remote Desktop application, do the following: 

  1. Click Add in Application section of your site.  

  1. Select the remote desktop application type from Remote Desktop/VDI dropdown menu depend on the requirement.  

  1. Click Next 

  1. Enter Application name, click Next. 

  1. In the Remote Desktop Server page, enter remote desktop server settings.  

If you have selected Remote Desktop(predefined) application type: 

a) In the Server field, enter the remote desktop server IP address or FQDN. 

b) In the Port field, enter RDP port that used to connect to the remote server

c) In the RDP file content, enter additional RDP settings (optional)   

If you have selected Remote Desktop (user defined) application type: 

a) In the Servers field, enter the remote desktop server IP addresses or server name along with the port number or click Import… to enter servers details and click Import.  

E.g – server_name:port 

          server_Name:port_range 

          IP_Address:Port 

          IP_Address:Port_range     

  1. In the RDP file content, enter additional RDP settings (optional) 

  1. Click Next 

  1. Configure authentication type and authentication server. 


Note: Administrator can set users to skip entering credentials when they launch RDP application through portal. When the application is configured for SSO, end users will not prompt to enter credentials when they launch the application and users portal sign in credentials will be used to access remote desktop. 




Users may need to enter different credentials when they access RDP due to different reasons such as with having different administrator privilege access to the server than with normal user rights that they used to check emails through TAC site or log in using a service account that does a particular batch job on the remote server. To enable credential tile to enter user credentials when launching the application, you need to prompt credentials tile when users launch the application, disable SSO in Authentication page.  

  1. Click Next 

  1. Configure access policy 

  1. Click Next 

  1. Click Finish

After completing the application wizard do remember to apply configuration. 

 

RemoteApp 

RemoteApp enables you to make programs that are accessed remotely through Remote Desktop Services appear as if they are running on the end user's local computer. These programs are actually residing in a remote server. When the user launches the application using the TAC Site, the program will connect to the Remote server using remote desktop services and execute the program executable to integrate with the client desktop.   



RemoteApp is helpful where organization has limited IT resources and limited network bandwidth.  Whereas sharing single application resources among multiple users and workstation. RemoateApp creates its own entry in the taskbar of the client desktop. 



To create RemoteApp application, do the following: 

  1. Click Add in Application section of your site.  

  1. Select RemoteApp from Remote Desktop/VDI dropdown menu; click Next 

  1. Enter Application name, click Next. 

  1. In the Remote Desktop Application page, either you may import rdp file that previously created. Click Import RDP File… and browse for the file or you may enter RDP settings manually as follows: 

  1. In the Server field, enter the RemoteApp hosting server address  

  1. In the Port field, enter the RDP port that used to connect to the remote server 

  1. In the RDP file content, enter additional RDP settings  

  1. In the Extra Servers field, enter list of extra RDS servers (RDS session host, RD gateway, etc.) required for this application. List each server as own entry in server_name:server_port entry. 

  1. Click Next 

  1. Configure authentication type and authentication server. 

  1. Click Next 

  1. Configure access policy 

  1. Click Next 

  1. Click Finish