RemoteApp and Desktop Connection System Tray Icon

RemoteApp and Desktop Connection System Tray Icon

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Introduction

In the past users were unaware that closing their remote application window left the connection active. For example, if a user closed a RemoteApp Outlook window, the general assumption was the connection would also be disconnected, although the Outlook might still be visible on the taskbar it wasn’t clear to users that their connection was still active.

What’s new in Windows 7

Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 RemoteApp and Desktop Connection feature introduces an icon in the notification area which gives an indication that the user has successfully connected to RemoteApp and Desktop Connections. The user can return to this icon to see the list of all connections that they are currently connected to. It also provides the ability for the user to disconnect one or all connections that are currently connected. Finally, the user can use this icon to navigate to RemoteApp Desktop Connections in Control Panel to view the state of the connection and update any or all of the connections. This new icon is only displayed in the notification area when the user is connected to at least one connection in RemoteApp and Desktop Connections. Once the user is no longer connected to any connections, the icon goes away.

You can see this in action once you’ve set up RemoteApp and Desktop Connections via the new Control Panel applet on your computer and launched the remote application. Please see Introducing RemoteApp and Desktop Connections for more information on configuring remote applications and remote desktops.

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Once you have set up a RemoteApp and Desktop Connection, your Start menu will look like this.

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A set of published applications

Once you have launched a remote application, the RemoteApp and Desktop Connections notification icon displays a balloon to indicate that at least one remote application from the published set has started.

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The notification icon gives the user the ability to disconnect from all remote applications that are running.

Right-clicking on the notification area icon lists all the connections (in RemoteApp and Desktop Connections) that the user is currently connected to and allows the user to disconnect from them.

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This new icon feature also works with connections that are accessed using Remote Desktop Web Access for Windows 7 client and Windows 2008 R2 server.

We hope you find this icon useful. Please use it and share your experience with us.

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  • This is a very usefull add-on. I have some remarks though;

    1. the feature is only on Win7.. too bad half of our users still use WinXP and Vista. a added feature in the RDS Client would be nice though.

    2. There is no "logoff" feature. In theory, this shouldn't be neccessary if we would write bugfree apps *cough*, but in practice sometimes an app will hang, so the disconnect/reconnect option doesn't "fix" the problem. Adding a logoff option would be able to "reset" the session and start a new one, instead of getting back the broken app.

    A solution to option 2 could be circumvented by setting the disconnection limit to 0, which would logoff a disconnected app. But i would like to have the option of setting an app in a disconnected state because of a unexpected connection loss (with all the roaming and wifi connections available today).

  • No XP and no Vista support makes no sense...

    A lot of this application, like the connection list, seems redundant to what is part of the Live Mesh connect feature set.  Is there a way for these applications to be better unified?

  • Excellent article; I am blown away by Remote Desktop and added improvements!

  • I renamed my RDS server to take place of the old 2003 one it replaced.  Everything works fine, except this system tray icon still shows the old server name.  Is there a way for me to update this name via Regedit or a system file someplace?

  • I've been searching for some help on how to give a notification pop-up instead of the login dialog after I initiate a Remote Connection.

    Can Anyone HELP?

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