Windows 7 / Networking

RemoteApp and Desktop Connection

Another enhancement in Windows 7 is RemoteApp and Desktop Connection, which allows a user to access programs and desktops (remote computers and virtual computers) published for the user by the workplace network administrator using Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services. Windows Server 2008 introduced RemoteApp programs, which are programs that are accessed remotely through Remote Desktop Services and appear as if they are running locally on the user's client computer. Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2008 R2 has been enhanced to provide administrators with the ability to group RemoteApp programs and virtual desktops and make them available on the Start menu of users whose computers are running Windows 7. This new feature is called RemoteApp and Desktop Connection.

In Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, users can configure a RemoteApp and Desktop Connection by using the RemoteApp and Desktop Connections item in Control Panel. After a RemoteApp and Desktop Connection has been configured, RemoteApp programs and virtual desktops that are part of this connection are available to users in the Start menu on their computers. Any changes made to the RemoteApp and Desktop Connection, such as adding or removing RemoteApp programs or virtual desktops, are automatically updated on the client and in the Start menu. Users can also use the new RemoteApp and Desktop Connection system tray icon to identify when they are connected to a RemoteApp and Desktop Connection. They can also use this system tray icon to disconnect from a RemoteApp and Desktop Connection if the connection is no longer needed.

For more information on RemoteApp and Desktop Connection, see the section titled "Configuring and Using RemoteApp and Desktop Connection" later in this tutorial.

Note Users can also connect to a RemoteApp and Desktop Connection using a Web browser by signing in to the Web site provided by Remote Desktop Web Access. In this case, the user's client computer does not need to be running Windows 7.

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In this tutorial:

  1. Connecting Remote Users and Networks
  2. Enhancements for Connecting Remote Users and Networks in Windows 7
  3. Understanding IKEv2
  4. Understanding MOBIKE
  5. Understanding VPN Reconnect
  6. Protocols and Features of VPN Reconnect
  7. How VPN Reconnect Works
  8. Understanding DirectAccess
  9. Benefits of DirectAccess
  10. How DirectAccess Works
  11. Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2
  12. Ipv6
  13. IPsec
  14. Perimeter Firewall Exceptions
  15. Implementing DirectAccess
  16. Understanding BranchCache
  17. Benefits of BranchCache
  18. How BranchCache Works
  19. Protocols Supported by BranchCache
  20. Implementing BranchCache
  21. Supported Connection Types
  22. Outgoing Connection Types
  23. Incoming Connection Types
  24. Deprecated Connection Types
  25. Supported Tunneling Protocols
  26. Comparing the Different Tunneling Protocols
  27. Understanding Cryptographic Enhancements
  28. Support for AES
  29. Weak Cryptography Removal from PP TP/L2TP
  30. Supported Authentication Protocols
  31. Understanding the VPN Connection Negotiation Process
  32. Creating and Configuring VPN Connection
  33. Creating a VPN Connection
  34. Initiating a Connection
  35. Terminating a Connection
  36. Viewing Connection Details
  37. Configuring a VPN Connection
  38. Configuring Security Settings for a VPN Connection
  39. Configuring the Tunneling Protocol (s) Used
  40. Configuring Advanced Connection Settings
  41. Configuring the Data Encryption Level
  42. Configuring the Authentication Method Used
  43. Configuring Authentication for IKEv2 connections
  44. Configuring Mobility for IKEv2 Connections
  45. Configuring Dial-Up Connections
  46. Creating a Dial-Up Connection
  47. Advanced Connection Settings
  48. Configuring Incoming Connections
  49. Managing Connections Using Group Policy
  50. Using Remote Desktop
  51. Understanding Remote Desktop
  52. Versions of RDP
  53. RDP 6.1 Features and Enhancements
  54. RDP 7.0 new features and enhancements
  55. RemoteApp and Desktop Connection
  56. Understanding RDC
  57. Understanding Remote Desktop Services Terminology
  58. Configuring and Using Remote Desktop
  59. Enabling Remote Desktop and Authorizing Users on a Single Computer
  60. Enabling Remote Desktop Using Group Policy
  61. Configuring and Deploying Remote Desktop Connection
  62. Configuring Remote Desktop Connection from the Command Line
  63. Configuring Remote Desktop Connection Using Notepad
  64. Configuring Remote Desktop Using Group Policy
  65. Establishing a Remote Desktop Session
  66. Improving Remote Desktop Performance
  67. Troubleshooting Remote Desktop Sessions
  68. Configuring and Using RemoteApp and Desktop Connection