Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Ubuntu Internet Software Suite - Terminal Server Client

If you live in a Microsoft Windows environment, you may have to work with remote Windows servers. One feature that Microsoft Windows provides for Windows clients is the Terminal Services Client application. The Terminal Services Client application allows remote Windows clients to connect to a Windows server and interact with the server desktop as if they were on the server console. This feature allows clients to run applications on the server without having to physically be at the server. This is a great way to share server applications for clients, as well as give system administrators easy access to remote Windows servers.

Believe it or not, Ubuntu also contains software that allows you to connect as a client to a Microsoft Windows terminal server. The Terminal Server Client package works just like the Windows version, allowing you to connect to Windows servers and interact with the server desktop.

Click Applications -> Internet -> Terminal Server Client to see the Settings window. In the Settings window you can start a new session by following these steps:

1. Enter the address of the remote Windows server. This can be a host address if you’re on a Windows network, or the IP address of the server.

2. Select the protocol to use. Terminal Server uses the remote desktop protocol (RDP) to connect to Microsoft Windows servers. There are two common versions, RDP 4.0 (which is called RDP) supported in Windows NT servers and later, and RDP 5.0 (called RDP5) used in Windows 2000 servers and later. The RDP5 protocol provides additional features, so use it if possible. The Terminal Server Client also supports the X Windows display manager protocol (XDMCP), the virtual network computing (VNC) protocol, and the independent computing architecture (ICA) protocols if they’re installed on your system. These protocols allow you to connect to remote UNIX, Linux, and Citrix servers.

3. Enter the username to log in with. This can be either a domain name if the server is in a Windows domain or a local username for the server.

4. Enter the password for the username.

5. Optionally, enter the domain. If the server is part of a domain and you’re using a domain user account to log in with, you’ll need to notify the server which domain to use.

6. Optionally, enter a client hostname. If you want to emulate accessing the server from a specific client hostname, enter it here. Otherwise, leave this field blank.

7. Select a protocol file, if available. The protocol file allows you to save settings related to the connection for use in later connections.

8. Save the connection settings. You can save the connection settings by clicking the Save As button, then recall them for another session using the Open button.

9. Click the Connect button to start the session.

The Terminal Server Client software attempts to establish a connection with the remote Windows server, then logs in with the login information you provided. When the login is complete, the server desktop appears in a window.

The entire desktop window for the server session appears within the Terminal Server Client window. You have full control of the session on the desktop. You can move the mouse to launch applications and type on the keyboard to enter commands. When you close the session, log out from the server but do not shut it down. The remote session works as if you were logged in from the server console. Selecting the shutdown menu item will indeed shut down the server!

Source of Information : Wiley Ubuntu Linux Secrets

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