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Released Date: October 2013
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System Requirements
Recommended System Requirements on Host PC
Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise or Windows 8/8.1 Professional (32-bit) computer.
Network/Internet connection
A Pentium? IV 2.8GHz or faster processor is the minimum recommendation for 1 Host and 1 Remote Desktop user. For better performance, multi-core processor is suggested. Equivalent AMD processors are also supported.
For Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise or Windows 8/8.1 Professional, the minimum memory requirement for 3 Remote Desktop users is (3 x 256 Megabytes) + 1 Gigabytes of RAM.
256 MB of additional RAM or more is recommended for each additional Remote Desktop user, depending on the applications the user will be running.
 
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FAQ
What is WinConnect Server ES?

WinConnect Server ES is a software solution that turns a Windows Host computer into an RDP 8.x Server. This allows multiple Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) 4.0, 5.0, 5.1, 5.2, 6.x, 7.x and 8.x-enabled devices (such as Terminals, Internet/Information Appliances, Tablet PCs and PDAs) to connect to it to run Windows applications simultaneously and independently. These devices can connect to the server over a wired or wireless TCP/IP connection, such as local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), dial-up (Internet), digital subscriber line (DSL, ADSL), Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN), or virtual private network (VPN) connection.

You can remotely connect to your computer from another office, from home, or while traveling. This allows you to use the data, applications, and network resources that are on your office computer, without physically being in your office.

Why would I want to use the WinConnect Server ES software?

WinConnect Benefits:

Reduces enterprise TCO by providing an alternative to MS Windows® 2000 Terminal Server, Windows Server 2003 or 2008 Terminal Services

Remote connection means that you have access to your data and Windows applications wherever you need it

Centralized processing means that your data is safer, stored on a central computer

Centralized processing means that your Thin Client devices (such as Terminals, Internet/Information Appliances, Tablet PCs and PDAs) are less expensive to purchase and less expensive to maintain back


What must I do before purchasing and/or registering WinConnect Server ES software?

You must purchase/register WinConnect Server ES from the computer on which it has been installed (i.e. NOT from any other computer). Hence, please ensure that you have installed WinConnect Server ES software on the computer where you intend to deploy it and make sure WinConnect Server ES is working correctly in demo mode and meeting your requirement before proceeding with the purchase/registration process.

Ensure that you are using the Microsoft's Internet Explorer as the default browser.

Make sure you have logged into the Windows 8/8.1 (32-bit), as an Administrator with full access rights.

For the purchase or registration process to work correctly, you will need to run Microsoft's Internet Explorer with Administrator privileges. If you are not running Microsoft's Internet Explorer with Administrator privileges, please close Microsoft's Internet Explorer and follow the instructions described below to run Microsoft's Internet Explorer in Administrator privileges:

To run Internet Explorer with Administrator privileges, on the "Start" screen, click on the "Desktop" icon. On the "Desktop" screen, locate the Internet Explorer icon on the Taskbar. Right-click on the Internet Explorer icon, move the mouse pointer to "Internet Explorer" and then right-click on "Internet Explorer" and click on "Run as administrator".

A "User Account Control" prompt will appear, you will need to click on the "Yes" button to run Internet Explorer with Administrator privileges

Within Internet Explorer, click on Tools -> Internet Options -> Security -> Custom Level. Set the "Reset to:" option to "Medium" and click on the Reset button. Next, click on the "OK" button to apply the changes. This is what the WinConnect Server Registration site requires in order to successfully complete the purchase & registration process.

Notes: When prompted to install and run the "ThinSoft ..." and/or the "SheriffNet Module" ActiveX controls, you must click on the "Yes" button to install and run the ActiveX controls.

Please wait for each page to load completely before proceeding to the next page.

What is the recommended WinConnect Server ES Host requirement?
  • Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise, Windows 8/8.1 Professional (32-bit) computer.

  • Network/Internet connection

  • A Pentium? IV 2.8GHz or faster processor is the minimum recommendation for 1 Host and 1 Remote Desktop user. For better performance, multi-core processor is suggested. Equivalent AMD processors are also supported.

  • For Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise or Windows 8/8.1 Professional (32-bit) , the minimum memory requirement for 3 Remote Desktop users is (3 x 256 Megabytes) + 1 Gigabytes of RAM.
    256 MB of additional RAM or more is recommended for each additional Remote Desktop user, depending on the applications the user will be running.

How difficult is it to set-up the WinConnect Server ES?

Installation is simple. By following a few steps, it normally takes less than 10 minutes to set up. Click Here to view the WinConnect Server ES Quick Start Guide.
How do I purchase/register the WinConnect Server ES software?

Important Notes for Internet Registration:

1. You must purchase/register WinConnect Server ES from the computer on which it has been installed (i.e. NOT from any other computer). Hence, please ensure that you have installed WinConnect Server ES software on the computer where you intend to deploy it and make sure WinConnect Server ES is working correctly in demo mode and meeting your requirement before proceeding with the purchase/registration process.

2. Ensure that you are using the Microsoft's Internet Explorer as the default browser.

3. Make sure you have logged into the Windows 8/8.1 (32-bit), as an Administrator with full access rights.

4. For the purchase or registration process to work correctly, you will need to run Microsoft's Internet Explorer with Administrator privileges. If you are not running Microsoft's Internet Explorer with Administrator privileges, please close Microsoft's Internet Explorer and follow the instructions described below to run Microsoft's Internet Explorer in Administrator privileges:

To run Internet Explorer with Administrator privileges, on the "Start" screen, click on the "Desktop" icon. On the "Desktop" screen, locate the Internet Explorer icon on the Taskbar. Right-click on the Internet Explorer icon, move the mouse pointer to "Internet Explorer" and then right-click on "Internet Explorer" and click on "Run as administrator".

A "User Account Control" prompt will appear, you will need to click on the "Yes" button to run Internet Explorer with Administrator privileges.

5. Within Internet Explorer, click on Tools -> Internet Options -> Security -> Custom Level. Set the "Reset to:" option to "Medium" and click on the Reset button. Next, click on the "OK" button to apply the changes. This is what the WinConnect Server Registration site requires in order to successfully complete the purchase & registration process.

Step 1: On the Windows desktop, right-click on the WinConnect Server ES Control Center icon and then click "Run as administrator". Click on the WinConnect Server ES Control Center icon located on your desktop. This will launch the WinConnect Server ES Control Center. First, select "Help" from Control Center menu, and then select "Register on the Web" from the Help Sub-menu.
   
Step 2: Microsoft Internet Explorer will be launched and directed to the WinConnect Server ES Registration site. Select the language you wish to use to register WinConnect Server ES.
   
Step 3: If you have purchased WinConnect Server ES prepaid serial number(s), enter the prepaid serial number(s) and click the "Register New Serial Numbers" button. If you do not have WinConnect Server ES prepaid serial number(s) and want to purchase/ register WinConnect Server ES license online, click "CREATE NEW LICENSE AND PURCHASE WinConnect Server" button.
   
Step 4: Enter the information requested and click “Continue with Registration”.
   
Step 5: Once WinConnect Server ES is successfully registered, you will need to restart Windows.

Notes: When prompted to install and run the "ThinSoft ..." and/or the "SheriffNet Module" ActiveX controls, you must click on the "Yes" button to install and run the ActiveX controls.

Please wait for each page to load completely before proceeding to the next page.

How do I buy additional software licenses for different number of users?

WinConnect Server ES can be purchased online via http://www.thinsoftinc.com at a price of US$ 299.95 per pack of 3 users. Each WinConnect Server ES license allows an additional 3 users. As user needs increase, additional licenses can be purchased online.

A. Firstly, please make sure your WinConnect Server ES (aka WCS-ES) is currently registered and working correctly in license mode.
Please take note and keep a proper record of the WCS-ES primary serial number (open WCS Control Center --> Terminal Servers, the WCS-ES primary serial number will be displayed on the right window pane).
B. Please follow the instructions described below to purchase additional WCS-ES licenses:
1. Logon into Windows as an Administrator on the PC where WCS-ES was installed and registered.
2. For the WCS-ES purchase/registration process to work correctly, you will need to run Internet Explorer with Administrator privileges. Please follow the instructions described below to run Internet Explorer with Administrator privileges:
a. Close WinConnect Server ES Control Center if it is opened.
b. On Windows desktop, right click on the "WinConnect Server ES Control Center" icon and click on "Run as administrator". WinConnect Server ES Control Center will be opened with Administrator privileges.
c. Within WinConnect Server ES Control Center, click on Help --> Register on the Web. Internet Explorer will be launched with Administrator privileges and directed to the WinConnect Server ES Purchase/Registration site.
d. Within Internet Explorer, click on Tools --> Internet Options --> Security --> Custom Level. Set the "Reset To:" option to "Medium" and click on the Reset button (the default Security setting "Medium-high" WILL NOT WORK). Next, click on the "OK" button to apply the changes. This is what the WinConnect Server ES Registration site requires in order to successfully complete the purchase/registration process.
e. Within Internet Explorer, click on Tools --> Pop-up Blocker and select "Turn Off Pop-up Blocker".
f. Within Internet Explorer, click on Tools --> Internet Options --> Delete --> Delete Files to delete the "Temporary Internet Files".
3. On the WinConnect Server ES Purchase/Registration page that says "WinConnect Server ES; Upgrade Your Serial Number or Purchase New License", your WCS-ES primary serial number should be displayed in the "Your Registered Serial Number" box.
4. Select the option "Check this box if you would like to purchase additional user licenses" since you are purchasing additional user licenses online where the payment is by credit card.
5. Click on the "Register New Serial Numbers" button and follow the on-screen instructions to continue with the purchase/registration of additional WCS-ES licenses.
Notes:
a. During the purchase/registration process, you must accept all ActiveX prompts signed by "ThinSoft ..." and/or the "SheriffNet Module" ActiveX Controls.
b. Please wait for each page to load completely before proceeding to the next page.
c. Please DO NOT click on the MS Internet Explorer's "Refresh" or Back" button during the purchase/registration process.
d. You will need to restart Windows after you have successfully purchased and registered additional WCS-ES licenses.
Can I connect more than one Remote Desktop Client to the WinConnect Server ES Host?

Yes, up to a maximum of twenty-one (21) Remote Desktop Clients can be connected to the WinConnect Server ES Host.

Can both users use the same program at the same time?

It depends on the type of software products you are using. Most software products will allow all users to open and edit different documents at the same time, using the same program. Each user can also use different software products, concurrently.

If you have any questions regarding compatibility of a particular application program, you can download the trial version of WinConnect Server ES to test your application before you purchase. Alternately, you can ask the software vendor if the application supports Windows Terminal Services. If Windows Terminal Services is supported, the software will most likely work on the WinConnect Server ES environment.

Users who intend to run the software products concurrently are advised to do the following:

(a) Review the Software Products' End User License Agreement if they are authorized to run multiple instances/sessions, using a single copy of the Software Products, concurrently

and/or

(b) Check with the respective companies of the Software Products for such usage and/or similar usage.
When both Remote Desktop users open the same file, can they save the file at the same time?

It depends on the types of applications you are running. Some applications will provide full read and write privileges to the user who opened or accessed the file first; the other users may then have read only privilege.

Do I have my own preferences for Word/Excel, favorites for Internet Explorer?

All of your preferences are stored in individual "profiles". Your profile stores all of your preferences, and individual information.

In order to take advantage of this feature, each user must log in to the system with a unique user name.

Can I run DOS applications on the Remote Desktop Client?

The Remote Desktop Client supports windowed DOS box where you can run DOS applications and access the DOS command prompt.

Where are my files stored?

Files can be stored on the central WinConnect Server ES Host, network servers or on the local storage of the Remote Desktop Client.

Can I elect to store files locally on Remote Desktop Client?

Yes, if the Remote Desktop Client is a RDP 5.1, 5.2 or 6.x-enabled device and local drive redirection is enabled when connecting to the WinConnect Server ES Host.

How secure is my data, using WinConnect Server ES software?

Data can be stored on the central WinConnect Server ES Host instead of the local PC hard drive. Normally, the server is located in a secured place and is only accessible by an IT personnel who has the rights to do so. The data transmitted from your Remote Desktop Client, normally, takes a path along a secured communication/network, to the WinConnect Server ES Host. Consider this security against data stored on a PC, in an open office environment, vulnerable to be stolen along with your data (in the Thin Client environment, they would have stolen a "nearly" worthless box with no data in it).

Will multiple users running Windows applications concurrently make my WinConnect Server ES Host work slower?

The performance of the WinConnect Server ES Host will depend on the system set-up and configuration, the number of users supported and the applications the users will be running.

For more information, refer to "What is the recommended WinConnect Server ES Host requirement?" above.

Which is the best remote connection medium to connect the Remote Desktop Client to the WinConnect Server ES Host?

A broadband Internet connection over digital subscriber line (DSL, ADSL), cable or Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) connection improves performance. However, RDP transfers only minimal data (such as display data and keyboard data) between the WinConnect Server ES Host and the Remote Desktop Client, therefore, it works even with a low-bandwidth Internet connection over a wired or wireless connection (Dial-up, GPRS, etc.).

Can I add the WinConnect Server ES Host to a Windows Domain?

Yes, the WinConnect ES Host can be a member of a Windows Domain.

Can the Console user monitors and controls the activities on the Remote Desktop Clients?

The Console user cannot monitor and control the activities on the Remote Desktop Clients.

How can I prevent the users on the Remote Desktop Clients from shutting down the WinConnect Server ES Host?

The Security Policy Settings in Windows allows the Administrator to control certain user's privileges, as well as control certain actions allowed for the users.

Administrator can modify the security-relevant settings, including users' rights to shut down Windows, by configuring the Security Policy.

Do I need to buy additional software licenses?

The WinConnect Server ES allows multiple users to simultaneously and independently share the same hardware and software installed on the Host computer. Some software is licensed for use on a single computer while other software may be licensed for single or multiple users. It is the responsibility of the WinConnect Server ES purchaser/user to read and comply with the licensing agreements of any software that may be used.

Additionally, it is the responsibility of the WinConnect Server ES purchaser/ user to read and comply with the Windows licensing agreement with regards to Remote Desktop access, or contact Microsoft for clarification.

Where can I download the Remote Desktop Client software for Windows System?

TThe Remote Desktop Connection client software is installed by default on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation, Windows Small Business Server 2008/2011, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 Foundation, Windows Server 2012 Essentials, Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows Server 2012 Foundation R2. .

For a client computer that is running Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT 4.0, or Windows 2000, you need to install Remote Desktop Connection client software from Microsoft Download Center (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads). Simply go to the web site and search for "Remote Desktop Connection software."

The instructions on how to create a Remote Desktop connection and start a Remote Desktop session are available for download at the Microsoft web site
here.

Where can I download the Remote Desktop Client software for Linux System?

You may download or purchase the WinConnect Remote Desktop Client software from our web site at http://www.thinsoftinc.com

Where can I download the Remote Desktop Client software for Mac System?

The Remote Desktop Client software is available for download at the Microsoft web site here.
How can I access the remote client’s local drive(s) from within the remote desktop session?

On the MS Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) software, click on Options --> Local Resources --> More and check the "Drives" option, then connect to the WinConnect Server ES Host.

Within the remote desktop session, open "My Computer" and you should be able to see the local drives.

Note: You may not see the remote client’s local drives appear in the Windows Explorer of the remote desktop session immediately. There may be a short delay for all the local drivers to be redirected.

How can I print to the local printer connected physically to the remote client?

A. For local printer re-direction on the remote client:

1. On the remote client, before connecting to the WinConnect Server ES Host, you will need to install the printer as per normal and make sure that the printer is working correctly, please refer to the printer user manual for installation instructions.

2. On the remote client, open the MS Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) software, click on Options --> Local Resources, and check "Printers". Then connect to the WinConnect Server ES Host.

On the remote desktop session, click on Start --> Settings --> Printers and Faxes; you should then see your printer (please see note below).


NOTES:

Printing at the remote client location is a function of the MS RDC software being used. The MS RDC software send the information about the local printer to WinConnect Server ES/Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 8.1/Windows Server 2008 (32-bit) Host and if that printer is listed among the Windows native printer list, then all will go fine.

If the printer model is not one contained within the list of Windows native printers, then it will be necessary to install the printer driver on the WinConnect Server ES/Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 (32-bit) Host first.

In some cases, to install the printer correctly on the WinConnect Server ES/Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 8.1/Windows Server 2008 (32-bit) Host will require actually connecting the printer to the WinConnect Server ES/Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 8.1/Windows Server 2008 (32-bit) Host or the printer driver will not install properly. When this installation is done, the printer should be detected as a local printer when the remote client is connected to the WinConnect Server ES Host.

If local printing still does not work after following the above procedure, you will need to check with the printer manufacturer to verify if the printer driver is designed to support Windows Terminal Services, or the procedure to install the printer and it's printer driver to work under Windows Terminal Services

Printers that use ports that do not begin with COM, LPT, or USB are not redirected in a remote desktop connection. Please check with your printer manufacturer's Technical Support on how to configure your printer to use a COM/LPT/USB port.

B. For local printer redirection for local printer using DOT port or network printer, please refer to the following MS article (Note: the local printer driver must be installed on the Host):

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/302361

Printers That Use Ports That Do Not Begin With COM, LPT, or USB Are Not Redirected in a Remote Desktop or Terminal Services Session View products that this article applies to. Article ID : 302361 Last Review : December 3, 2007 Revision : 4.8

This article was previously published under Q302361

SYMPTOMS

When you use Remote Desktop Connection or the Terminal Services Client version 4.0 or 5.0 to connect to another Windows-based computer from a computer that is not running Windows Server 2003, your local printers may not be redirected. As a result, your local printers are not available in the remote desktop or terminal services session.

For example, if your Windows XP-based computer has a multifunction print device using a DOT4 port, it may not be redirected in a remote desktop session to a Windows 2000- or Windows Server 2003-based computer.

CAUSE

This problem occurs because the printer port does not begin with COM, LPT, or USB. By default, printer port names that do not begin with COM, LPT, or USB are only redirected in Windows Server 2003. By default, multifunction print devices may not be redirected unless you are running Windows Server 2003 on your local computer because they use DOT4 ports.

RESOLUTION

To resolve this problem on a computer that is not running Windows Server 2003, force all ports (including DOT4) on the client computer to be filtered for redirection. To do this, add a DWORD value named FilterQueueType to

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\Default\AddIns\RDPDR

and set its value data to FFFFFFFF.

Follow these steps, and then quit Registry Editor:

1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
2. Locate and then click the following key in the registry:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\Default\AddIns\RDPDR

3. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.
4. Type FilterQueueType, and then press ENTER.
5. On the Edit menu, click Modify.
6. Type FFFFFFFF, and then click OK.

This enables all ports on the client to be redirected.

To work around this problem on a client computer that has a multifunction print device, change the port that the multifunction print device uses from DOT4 to an LPT port.

For example, to configure a multifunction print device to use an LPT port on a Windows XP-based computer, follow these steps:
1. InControl Panel, openPrinters and Faxes.
2. Right-click the local printer that is not redirected, and then click Properties.
3. Click the Ports tab, click an LPT port, and then click Apply.
    The printer should now appear next to that port.
4. Close the Printer Properties window, and then reconnect by using Remote Desktop.

Important: When a multifunction printer is using a standard LPT port instead of the DOT4 port, it loses its multifunction capabilities, such as scanning, faxing, or copying. To regain the multifunction capabilities, the print device must use the DOT4 port.

STATUS

This behavior is by design.

MORE INFORMATION

To view the port name for your printer, or to determine if the device uses a DOT4 port, view the properties of that printer, and then click the Ports(or the Details) tab.

How to configure your Router for Remote Desktop Access?

The Remote Desktop Client software allows Windows platforms to remotely connect to a WinConnect Server ES Host to run Windows applications.

First, get the IP address of the host computer (the computer with WinConnect Server ES installed on it).

Right click on an empty area of the desktop and select Command Prompt.

In the DOS box that appears, enter the command: ipconfig. Then hit the Enter key.

The computer’s IP address will be displayed in the information shown. Make note of it.

Next, open a browser and enter the URL http://www.portforward.com in the address bar.

At the bottom of PortForward’s opening page, make a note of the IP address shown after the text: Your external IP address is

This IP address is what your remote users will need to enter into the ?Computer? field in the Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection program on their computers. Remote Desktop Connection is part of Windows Vista/Windows 7/ Windows Server 2008 (32-bit) and can be found on the Accessories menu (Start/Programs/Accessories).

In the second paragraph on the PortForward opening page, locate the word Routers and click on it. This will take you to a page displaying most brands and models of routers. Locate the specific brand and model of router used in your location and click on it (if your router is not listed, please contact your router's vendor for details on how to configure your router's port forwarding for Remote Desktop access. The remote desktop communication makes use of TCP port 3389).

This action takes you to the Application page. Scroll down until you locate Remote Desktop and click on it.

You will now see a step-by-step set of instructions for configuring your router to allow Remote Desktop access. You will be asked to enter an IP address at the beginning of the configuration routine; this is the IP address you obtained in the first part of these instructions.

Note:

Static IP address:

There are two IP addresses involved regarding Remote Desktop access. One is the external IP address owned by the router and the other is the internal IP address of the host computer. Ideally, both of these should be “static” (meaning they never change). Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

The external IP address is controlled by your Internet provider. You may check with them if you are not sure whether your account has a static IP address.

The host computer’s IP address is entirely in your control. For detailed information on how to set your host computer to employ a static IP address, please see this web page, http://www.portforward.com/networking/static-xp.htm
   

Are Windows 8/8.1 (64-bit) and Windows Server 2012 (64-bit), Windows Server 2012 Foundation (64-bit), Windows Server 2012 Essentials (64-bit), Windows Server 2012 R2 (64-bit) or Windows Server 2012 Foundation R2 (64-bit) supported?

Yes, WinConnect Server ES (32-bit) supports Windows 8/8.1 (32-bit).

WinConnect Server ES (64-bit) supports Windows 8/8.1(64-bit) and Windows Server 2012 (64-bit), Windows Server 2012 Foundation (64-bit), Windows Server 2012 Essentials (64-bit), Windows Server 2012 R2 (64-bit) or Windows Server 2012 Foundation R2 (64-bit) .
Can I use a firewall on my WinConnect Server ES Host of the Windows 8/8.1 (32-bit)? ?

The use of a firewall will improve the security of your WinConnect Server ES Host. However, both the built-in Windows 8/8.1 (32-bit) firewall and third party firewalls will block the network traffic necessary for Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP). This traffic must be enabled for WinConnect Server ES Host to work

There are two ports necessary for WinConnect Server ES. The first TCP ports required for WinConnect Server ES software and RDP is 3389. The second is a UDP port required if you want the computer to be visible as a terminal server to a client browsing the network. This is port 137.

If you are using a third party firewall, please see the documentation that comes with your firewall.

To configure the built-in Windows firewall, go to Windows 8/8.1 desktop Control Panel => System and Security => Windows Firewall => In the left pane, click on the "Allow an app through Windows Firewall". In the "Allowed apps and features:" section, scroll down the bar on the right side, locate "Remote Desktop" and check the boxes. This will enable the TCP port of 3389.

For additional security it is possible to change the port number used by RDP. Instructions can be found in FAQ on "Using port other than the standard Microsoft RDP port 3389". If you do change this port number, you must also adjust your firewall to enable TCP traffic through whatever port you have chosen.

How do I connect to the WinConnect Server ES Console session of Windows 8/8.1 (32-bit)?

Follow the steps described below to connect to the WinConnect Server ES system's Console session from the remote client via the Remote Desktop Connection software:

Step 1: Open Remote Desktop Connection (Click Start, point to Programs or All Programs, point to Accessories, and then click Remote Desktop Connection)
   
Step 2: Click on the Options button to configure the Windows Logon and connection settings
   
Step 3: In Computer, type in the IP address of WinConnect Server ES system used by WinConnect Server ES software (e.g. 218.10.0.30). Click Connect.
   
Step 4: In the Log On to Windows dialog box, type in the same user name and password that user has logged on the WinConnect Server ES system, and then press the Enter key. The Remote Desktop window will open.

Can WinConnect Server ES of the Windows 8/8.1 (32-bit) use a port other than the standard Microsoft RDP port 3389?

A. You can change WinConnect Server ES software to listen to a port other than 3389 (0d3d Hex). To do so, run Regedt32. When using Regedt32, please be careful as it is possible to damage your system. Using Regedt32, locate:

i. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server\WinStations\RDP-Tcp key.

Within this key, locate the PortNumber subkey. By default, PortNumber is set to 3389 (i.e. PortNumber is the port number WinConnect Server ES software listens to). Modify the Hex value above 00000400 Hex, or 1024.

Save the changes and reboot the computer for it to take effect.

Additionally, please check to make sure that the new TCP port used by WinConnect Server ES software is not blocked by any firewall on the WinConnect Server ES system, remote client(s) and/or network.

Example:
1. To change WinConnect Server ES software to listen to port 3390 (0d3e Hex), you will need to change:

i. The PortNumber subkey (of HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server\WinStations\RDP-Tcp key) to 3390 (0d3e Hex).

Save the changes and reboot the computer for it to take effect.

2. With this change, WinConnect Server ES software will listen to port 0d3e Hex, or 3390.
3. On the WinConnect Server ES system and/or network, set the Firewall not to block TCP port 3390 (0d3e Hex).

B. Follow the steps described below to connect to the WinConnect Server ES system from the remote client via the Remote Desktop Connection software:

Step 1: Open Remote Desktop Connection (Click Start, point to Programs or All Programs, point to Accessories, and then click Remote Desktop Connection)
   
Step 2: Click on the Options button to configure the Windows Logon and connection settings
   
Step 3: In Computer, type the IP address of WinConnect Server ES system and port number used by WinConnect Server ES software (e.g. 218.10.0.30:3390; port number must be in decimal). Click Connect.
   
Step 4: In the Log On to Windows dialog box, type in your user name and password (if required), and then press the Enter key. The Remote Desktop window will open.

How do I connect to the WinConnect Server ES Host through VPN tunnel?

Click Here to view the connection diagram.
How do I connect to the WinConnect Server ES Host through SSL tunnel via Windows Server 2008 Terminal Server Gateway?

A Terminal Server Gateway (TS Gateway) server is a kind of gateway that enables authorized users to connect to remote computers on a corporate network. These authorized users can connect from any computer by using an Internet connection. TS Gateway uses the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) together with the HTTPS protocol to help create a more secure encrypted connection.

Earlier versions of RDC cannot connect to remote computers across firewalls and across network address translators. This is because port 3389 is typically blocked to improve network security. Port 3389 is the port that is used for Remote Desktop connections. However, a TS Gateway server uses port 443. Port 443 transmits data through a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) tunnel.

A TS Gateway server has the following benefits:
  • It enables Remote Desktop connections to a corporate network from the Internet without requiring a virtual private network (VPN) connection.
  • It enables connections to remote computers across firewalls.
  • It helps you share a network connection with other programs that are running on the computer. This enables you to use the Internet service provider (ISP) connection instead of the corporate network to send and to receive data over the remote connection.

To specify a TS Gateway server, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, click Communication, and then click Remote Desktop Connection.
  2. Click Options, click the Advanced tab, and then click Settings.
  3. Click Use these TS Gateway server settings, type the server name in the Server name box, and then select one of the following logon methods from the Logon methods list:

    • Allow me to select later
      This option lets you select a logon method when you connect.
    • Ask for password
      This option prompts you for a password when you connect.

  4. Select or clear the Bypass TS Gateway server for local addresses check box. By selecting this check box, you prevent the traffic that is moving to and from local network addresses from being routed through the TS Gateway server. This option makes the connection faster.
Click Here to view the connection diagram.
How do I connect to the WinConnect Server ES Host using Terminal Services Web Access?

Follow the steps described below to connect to the WinConnect Server ES Host using Terminal Services Web Access:
Step 1: Install Remote Desktop Web Connection software on the WinConnect Server ES Host.
Remote Desktop Web Connection version 5.2.3790 can be downloaded at URL, http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=e2ff8fb5-97ff-47bc-bacc-92283b52b310&displaylang=en
Step 2: Install Internet Information Services (IIS) on the WinConnect Server ES Host

a. To Install IIS 8.0 on Windows 8
  1. Go to Windows desktop Control Panel => Programs => Turn Windows features on or off.
  2. In the Windows Features dialog box, select Internet Information Services and then click OK.
Step 3: Go to Windows desktop Control Panel => System and Security => Windows Firewall => Allow an app through Windows Firewall. Click on "Change settings" button. In the "Allowed apps and features:" section, scroll down the bar on the right side, locate "World Wide Web Service (http) " and check the boxes.
Step 4: From the remote desktop client, run Internet Explorer browser and go to URL, http://server_name/tsweb (i.e. http://145.316.241.81/tsweb)
Step 5: Remote Desktop Web connection will then be running in the Internet Explorer.

I am not able to connect to the WinConnect Server ES Host using Terminal Services Web Access.

To connect to the WinConnect Server ES Host using Terminal Services Web Access, please refer to the following MS article:

http://support.microsoft.com:80/kb/951607

You cannot connect to a remote computer or start a remote application when you use Terminal Services Web Access or Remote Web Workspace on a Windows XP SP3-based or Windows Small Business Server 2003 SP1-based computer that this article applies to. Article ID: 951607 - Last Review: March 4, 2009 - Revision: 8.0

SYMPTOMS

On a Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3)-based or Windows Small Business Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1)-based computer, you experience the following symptom: When you try to connect to a remote computer through Remote Desktop Web Connection (TSWeb), the Connect button is disabled.

CAUSE

This issue occurs if the ActiveX control for the Remote Desktop Connection client is not enabled on the Web browser. By default, the ActiveX control is disabled after you install Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) or Windows Small Business Server 2003 SP1.

RESOLUTION

To work around this issue, follow these steps:
  1. Start Internet Explorer.
  2. Visit the Web site that is causing this problem.
  3. If you are using Windows Internet Explorer 7, follow these steps:
    1. On the Tools menu, point to Manage Add-ons, and then click Enable or Disable Add-ons. The Manage Add-ons dialog box appears.
    2. In the list of add-ins, search for the Microsoft Terminal Services Client Control ActiveX control or for the Microsoft RDP client Control ActiveX control. If you cannot find the control, see the steps in "If the control is not displayed in the list of add-ons" at the end of this section.
    3. Click the control, click Enable, and then click OK to close the Manage Add-ons dialog box.
    If you are using Internet Explorer 6, follow these steps:
    1. On the Tools menu, click Manage Add-ons. The Manage Add-ons dialog box appears.
    2. In the list of add-ins, search for the Microsoft Terminal Services Client Control ActiveX control or for the Microsoft RDP client Control ActiveX control. If you cannot find the control, see the steps in "If the control is not displayed in the list of add-ons" at the end of this section.
    3. Click the control, click Enable, and then click OK to close the Manage Add-ons dialog box.
  4. Add the site to your Trusted Sites in Internet Explorer.
  5. Restart Internet Explorer.
  6. Try to connect to the remote computer. Or, try to start the remote application.

If the control is not displayed in the list of add-ons

Sometimes the Microsoft Terminal Services Client Control ActiveX control will not be displayed in the list of add-ons. If it is not displayed, you can try the following steps to attempt to display the control by resetting Internet Explorer back to a default configuration.
  1. Start Internet Explorer.
  2. Click File, and then click Import and Export.
  3. Follow the steps in the wizard to export your Favorites.
  4. Click Tools, and then click Internet Options.
  5. Click Advanced, and then click Reset.

Once Internet Explorer has been reset to a default configuration, try to connect to the remote computer or start the remote application. If it does not work, then follow the steps in the workaround to enable the Microsoft Terminal Service Client Control ActiveX control. If the control is still not listed, you can modify the registry to remove a key, if it exists.

Important This article contains information about how to modify the registry. Make sure that you back up the registry before you modify it. Make sure that you know how to restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up, restore, and modify the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base: 322756 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322756/ ) How to back up and restore the registry in Windows

Remove the following registry key, if it exists:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Settings\{7584C670-2274-4EFB-B00B-D6AABA6D3850}

Once the registry key is removed, exit and restart Internet Explorer, and try to connect to the remote computer or start the remote application again.

If this does not resolve the issue, you can re-register the mstscax.dll file. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Exit Internet Explorer.
  2. Click Start, click Run, and the type or copy and paste the following text in the Open box, and click OK:
  3. %windir%\system32\regsvr32 mstscax.dll
  4. At the confirmation prompt, click OK. Restart Internet Explorer, and try to connect to the remote computer or start the remote application.


MORE INFORMATION

In Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), you had to install the Msrdp.ocx file to enable the Terminal Services ActiveX control. Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) already includes this ActiveX control and installs it by using the Mstscax.dll file. By default, this ActiveX control is disabled in Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3).

APPLIES TO

Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 3
Windows Home Server
Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003, Premium Edition Service Pack 1 (SP1)
Windows Small Business Server 2008 Premium
Windows Small Business Server 2008 Standard
Windows Essential Business Server 2008 Standard

How can I have multiple login on the WinConnect Server ES Host using the same user account?

You will need to disable "Single session per user" option. To do this, on Windows desktop, right click on "WinConnect Server ES Control Center" and run as an Administrator. Select and right click on the WinConnect Server ES computer name, select Properties and set the option "Single session per user" to "No" and then restart Windows.

"Single Session Per User" setting restricts a user to a single Remote Desktop session. When enabled, the active Remote Desktop session will be disconnected when the same user login on another Remote Desktop session. When disabled, the same user can login on multiple Remote Desktop sessions. Default setting is "Yes".

Note:     If the Single Session Per User option is enabled, the Reconnect Setting from User will be automatically disabled and the user is allowed to reconnect to a disconnected Remote Desktop session from any computer.
I am not able to logon to the WinConnect Server ES Host remotely using an user account without a password.

This is related to Windows Local Security Policy --> Local Policies --> Security Options
--> Accounts: Limit local account use of blank passwords to console logon only security option.

"Limit Blank Password Use" setting limits local account use of blank passwords to console logon only. If set to "Yes", Remote Desktop User (apply to local user account only, i.e. Non-Domain user account) will need a password to logon into Windows. Default setting is "Yes".

How to enable/disable Audio Recording Redirection (Windows 8/8.1 and Windows Server 2012 (64-bit), Windows Server 2012 Foundation (64-bit), Windows Server 2012 Essentials (64-bit), Windows Server 2012 R2 (64-bit) or Windows Server 2012 Foundation R2 (64-bit) )?

Follow the steps described below to configure the setting for Audio Recording Redirection:
Step 1: Right-click at the bottom-left corner => Run
Step 2: Type "gpedit.msc" and press the "Enter" key. "Local Group Policy Editor" will appear on the screen
Step 3: Go to Windows Local Computer Policy => Computer Configuration => Administrative Templates => Windows Components => Remote Desktop Services => Remote Desktop Session Host => Device and Resource Redirection => "Allow Audio Recording Redirection".
This policy setting allows users to specify if users can record audio to the remote computer in a Remote Desktop session.

By default, audio recording redirection is disabled/not allowed when connecting to a computer running Windows Server 2012. Audio recording redirection is enabled/allowed by default when connecting to a computer running Windows 8.


How to make use of the RemoteApp feature to achieve seamless Windows environment?

Follow the steps described below to create the RemoteApp program:
Step 1: On the WinConnect Server ES machine, right-click at the bottom-left corner => Select "Command Prompt (Admin)"
Step 2: Go to the directory path where WinConnect Server ES (a.k.a. WCS-ES) is installed.

E.g.
For 32-bit Windows, type "cd c:\Program Files\BeTwin"
For 64-bit Windows, type "cd c:\Program Files(x86)\BeTwin"
Step 3: Type "rdpman /remoteapp" and press the "Enter" key. The WCS-ES Control Center will be displayed.
Step 4: Right-click on the Server and select "Properties".
Step 5: Double click on the option "Restrict RemoteApp Program Use" under "RemoteApp"
Step 6: Ensure the setting for "Restrict RDP clients Initial programs ..." is set to "No". To allow remote client to run a RemoteApp Program upon remote connection, double click on " < add new > " under Application Name. Click on the "..." button to browse and select the filename of the application in the file directory. Then, click on the ".rdp" button to generate the client .rdp connection file.

E.g.
To create RemoteApp program for Notepad,

a. Create an Application Name "Notepad"
b. Click on the "..." button to go to the file directory of the application
e.g. C:\Windows\System32\notepad.exe
c. By default, an Alias will be created using the application executable filename e.g. notepad. You may edit it manually to make any change.
d. Click on the ".rdp" button to create the client .rdp connection file.
e. Go to the file directory where the file is to be saved
e.g. C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Desktop\notepad.rdp. Click on the "Save" button, follow by "OK" button. The notepad.rdp file is now created and saved in C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Desktop\notepad.rdp.

Step 7: Install WCSRemoteApp program on the Remote Client Station (only applicable to Windows XP SP2 and earlier)
Step 8: Copy the saved notepad.rdp file from the WinConnect Server ES machine to the Remote Client Station. On the Remote Client Station, double click on the notepad.rdp file to connect to the WinConnect Server ES machine.
Step 9: "RemoteApp" login box will appear to prompt for username and password. After entering the required information, Notepad will be automatically launched within the local desktop screen.


Which third party Load Balancing software works with WinConnect Server ES?

2X LoadBalancer v10.5 was tested working with WinConnect Server ES (32-bit) and WinConnect Server ES (64-bit) on Windows 8 Professional/Enterprise (32-bit) and Windows 8 Professional/Enterprise (64-bit) respectively.

The 2X LoadBalancer software is available for download at url, http://www.2x.com

For Step-by-Step Installation Guide on 2X LoadBalancer software, refer to url, http://www.2x.com/documentation

For more product information on 2X LoadBalancer software, refer to url, http://www.2x.com/loadbalancer

Disclaimer: ThinSoft does not guarantee nor warrant that the 2X LoadBalancer software will be suitable for a particular purpose. It is entirely up to the customer's discretion to make this decision and verify that the 2X LoadBalancer software meets his/her requirements.

 
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