Client Requirements for TS Web Access in Windows Server 2008 Release Candidate (RC0)

Client Requirements for TS Web Access in Windows Server 2008 Release Candidate (RC0)

Starting with the RC0 release of Windows Server 2008, Terminal Services Web Access (TS Web Access) requires the most recent update to the Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) client software. This updated version is available in the beta versions of Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) and Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3).

If you are taking part in a Microsoft Connect Beta program, you can download the beta versions of Windows Vista SP1 or Windows XP SP3 from the program Web page.

If you are not an administrator, and you are using TS Web Access at your workplace, contact your system administrator to determine whether your workplace is participating in a Microsoft Beta program. If it is a participant, your system administrator can help you to obtain the updated RDC client software.

Information for Administrators

When a user who has an older version of the RDC client tries to use TS Web Access, they receive an error message with a URL that points them to more information. The target URL of the link currently points to this article. You can modify the target URL by using an ASP.NET application setting. To modify the target URL, follow these steps:

Note To complete this procedure, you must be an administrator of the TS Web Access Web site.

  1. Open IIS Manager on the server that hosts the TS Web Access Web site. To do this, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.
  2. In the navigation pane of IIS Manager, expand the server name, expand Sites, expand Default Web Site, and then click TS. (By default, TS Web Access is installed to this location. If you installed TS Web Access to a different site, locate and then click the site name.)
  3. Under ASP.NET, double-click Application Settings.
  4. In the Actions pane, click Add.
  5. In the Add Application Setting dialog box, do the following:
    • a. In the Name box, type rdcInstallUrl.
    • b. In the Value box, enter the target URL for the link.

Note   To restore the link to point to the default URL, right-click the rdcInstallUrl application setting, and then click Remove.

Alternatively, you can use a text editor, such as Notepad, to directly modify the Web.config file for the TS Web Access Web site. By default, the path of the configuration file is %windir%\Web\ts\Web.config. To do this, under the <appSettings> section of the file, add an entry that is similar to the following, where URL is the target URL for the link:

<add key="rdcInstallUrl" value="http://URL" />

Additional Information

For more information about TS Web Access and about other Terminal Services features, see the Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services TechCenter or the TS Team Blog.

Thank you for using the pre-release version of TS Web Access.

Terminal Services Team

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  • While currently unsupported, I have tested the 6.1 client from Server 2008 on XP SP2 and it appears to work.  

  • I tried that too. I get an Entry Point Not Found error.

  • Dear all,

    Good News for you all. I've got a method to make TS Web Access available on Windows XP with SP2. For more information please refer to below URL:

  • I've gone over the install/config of TS Web Access for two days and can't figure out why apps that are "published" on the terminal server are not being shown on the TS Web Access site. The TS Gateway/App event log tells me that "No programs on terminal server (it then names the TS Gateway servername)are configured to display in TS Web Access. Verify the program settings on that server." Why would it say that when thru the configuration wizard I have the proper TS Gateway identified as well as the terminal server (different server) identified? What am I overlooking? Thanks for the help.

  • I need to echo everyone else - it is absolute bullshit that Microsoft touts TS RemoteApp stuff, but you can't access it unless you're running a beta version of a service pack.

    Way to compete against Citrix, guys!

  • Well after spending over a day trying to figure out this issue in Windows xP, I've finally put together a solution to make this work!

    Check out the article I've written at my web site including a download with batch file to automate the entire process.

  • I tested your solution Chris, but that does not work in French language.

  • My God... what a flaming piece of ****

    You guys can't be serious.  Citrix has nothing to fear!

  • Citrix had never bean in fear. Citrix is MS partner. There are an agreement of absense of direct compete - MS provides basic level and Citrix - advanced. That's it. Nothing more.

    And anyway - current situation is a shame to MS. Where is a simple statement that RDP Client WILL be provided for most of current OS including Mac/Linux? Otherwise we all know that it doesn't cost that.

  • All I can say is that it's very unprofessional that the release version of TS Webapps still links to this page.

  • server 2008 is out, vista sp1 is out ( on hold) and xp sp3 (also on hold) is almost out.........

    I repeat my post of Feb 11, where is support for xp x64? and i second the amazement that the prod release still links to this page

  • I am still not able to get sp3 of XP or sp1 of vista.

    Is there any way to run remote app through tsweb of server 2008 on clients ?

  • I am not yet able to get SP3 of XP.

    Is it mandate to have this service pack to run 2008 based terminal services ? Help....

  • XP SP3 is officially out, it will not upgrade your IR from 6 to 7 and will allow you to connect to TS Web running on server 2008.

    Does anyone know for sure if applications accessed via TS Web by more than one user at once violate the licensing agreement of that application -- i.e. running Acrobat 8 from the same sever by 2 or more people?



  • I reinstalled Windows XP Pro on my laptop using a slipstreamed CD with SP3. For some reason, the TS Client is not installed when you do this. It is not disabled, it is simply not installed. How can I install it?

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