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Terminal Service vs Remote Desktop

By Kevin H. ·
Does anyone know what the difference is between Terminal services and remote desktop? Thanks


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by curlergirl In reply to Terminal Service vs Remot ...

They are similar from the user point of view but radically different from the network admin point of view. In both cases, you connect to a remote desktop that looks like a regular Windows desktop with whatever applications available that are installed in the environment. The difference is on the "server" end of things.

In the case of a remote desktop, you are connecting directly to another workstation. That workstation has to be configured to allow remote connection. You log on to the workstation individually, just as if you were sitting in front of it, and no one else can use that workstation while you are logged on.

In the case of a terminal server, you are connecting to a server that is configured to allow multiple remote connections and supplies all of the functionality. The server has to be configured carefully for the number of remote connections you are expecting, because it has to have enough RAM, processing power and disk space to provide all of the resources for all of the concurrent users. Each user's processes are running in a separate "session," but all of the processing are using the same hardware resources. Given the proper setup, all applications can be available to all users, or different applications can be set up in such a way as to be available only to certain users. Also given the proper setup and permissions, some users can be allowed to connect remotely to other users' sessions and see what they are doing, or help them (i.e., for remote assistance-type situations).

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Setting up a terminal server and configuring it properly is a lot more complicated than setting up a remote desktop. In the case of the remote desktop, it is a one-to-one situation - one remote workstation connects to one local workstation, and both workstations are in use at the same time. Whereas, in the case of the terminal server, you have multiple remote users connecting from their workstations to a local server that runs all of the processes for all of the remote users.

Hope this helps!

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by Kevin H. In reply to

very good information

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by Self-Ex In reply to Terminal Service vs Remot ...

You're really talking about the same thing here. Remote Desktop is a slimmed down Terminal Services. Historically, Terminal Services is used to describe the "remote" capability of a server platform (2000/2003 server) and Remote Desktop is used to describe the "remote" capability of an XP workstation.

Remote Desktop, running on a XP machine can only host 1 remote session. Meaning two people cannot use the host machine at the same time.

Terminal Services can allow many sessions depending on your licensing.

Clients using both technologies can still use the "Remote Desktop Connection" application to connect to the host computer.

Hope this helps.

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Log process initilization failure

by Bikash Biswal In reply to Terminal Service vs Remot ...

why when my pc is booting up its showing the error message " Log process initilization failure" for that I repaired,restored after that also same problem.

Can anyone help about this problem ?

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Sharing is not opening in another computer

by Bikash Biswal In reply to Terminal Service vs Remot ...

Earlier my computer was worked correctly . File floder sharing was worked properly but now whenever I am going to access my pc from another pc it's showing "\\******** ip address is not accessible .please contact to ur administrator for perminission ".
For this problem two times I repared my o/s but same problem .

Can Anyone help me for this problem ?

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