Switch between Remote Admin, App Server modes in Terminal Services

Here are some simple steps that will allow admins to switch between Remote Administration and Application Server modes in Terminal Services.

Terminal Services make the job of administrators easier by allowing them to install, configure, manage and maintain applications on a server remotely. Terminal Services has two modes of operation: Remote Administration mode and Application Server mode.

Remote Administration mode permits two concurrent connections; it allows administrators to remotely manage a server by using a Terminal Services client. This setting minimizes impact on server performance.

Application Server mode provides access to a Windows 2000-based desktop computer and its programs for users connecting with a Terminal Services client. This setting optimizes program response time.

Users can change between these two modes of operation (depending on their needs) using these four steps:

  1. Click on Start button. Select Settings and click Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Add/Remove Programs and Click Add/Remove Windows Components.
  3. On the Windows Components screen, click Next without selecting or deselecting anything in the list of components.
  4. In the Terminal Services Setup dialog box, the currently enabled mode is displayed. You can change this mode. Select the mode you want to change to, click Next, then restart your computer.

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This was first published in March 2007

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