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Terminal Server (Remote Desktop Host) Configuration Audit

XIA Configuration Server automatically documents and audits your Terminal Server (Remote Desktop Session Host) configuration on Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012 R2 including general settings, connections (terminals), connection (session) broker and RemoteApp applications configuration.

Below are a few examples of how this can be used to benefit your organisation:

  • Locate which user accounts are permitted to connect to a Remote Desktop Host.
  • Locate where RemoteApp applications are being hosted.
  • Ensure that all Terminal Servers within a farm are configured identically.

All of XIA Configuration Server's features are supported when documenting Terminal Server configuration, including version control, production of professional documentation, reporting, change tracking and XML output.

Terminal Server Documentation Example

View an example document generated by XIA Configuration Server:

Terminal Server documentation sample PDF output (click to open)
Terminal Server documentation sample generated by XIA Configuration (click to open)

Supported Platforms

  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2003 and 2003 R2

Information documented by XIA Configuration Server

Find our more about the Terminal Server information documented by XIA Configuration Server below:

Terminal Server Configuration Tree

Terminal Server Settings

A Terminal Server (known as Remote Desktop Session Host (RD Session Host) server on Windows 2008 and above) is a server that hosts Windows-based programs or the full Windows desktop for Remote Desktop Services clients. Users can connect to a Terminal Server to run programs, to save files, and to use network resources on that server. Users can access an RD Session Host server by using Remote Desktop Connection or on Windows 2008 and above by using RemoteApp.

Audit the following Terminal Server settings:

  • Delete temporary folders on exit
  • Active Desktop
  • Licensing Name
  • Licensing Description
  • License Servers
  • Operating System Name
  • Permission Compatibility
  • Remote Desktop Users
  • Restrict each user to a single session
  • Use temporary folders per session
Terminal server general settings screenshot

Connection (Session) Broker

Remote Desktop Connection Broker (known as Terminal Services Session Broker in versions of Windows prior to Windows 2008 R2) provides several functions: Allows users to reconnect to their existing sessions in a load-balanced Remote Desktop or Terminal Services Session Host server farm. This prevents a user with a disconnected session from being connected to a different server in the farm and starting a new session; Enables you to evenly distribute the session load among Remote Desktop Session Host servers; In Windows 2008 and above provides users access to virtual desktops hosted on Remote Desktop Virtualization Host servers and to RemoteApp programs.

Document the following connection broker information:

  • Enabled
  • Server Name
  • Cluster Name
  • Load Balancing Participation
  • Load Balancing Weight

Connections (Terminals)

XIA Configuration Server provides the following information about connections:

  • General Settings
  • Logon Settings
  • Session Settings
  • Environment Settings
  • Remote Control
  • Client Settings
  • Network Adapter
  • Permissions

RemoteApp Applications (Windows 2008 and above)

RemoteApp is a technology available from Windows 2008 that enables you to make programs that are accessed remotely through Remote Desktop Services appear as if they are running on the end user's local computer. Instead of being presented to the user in the desktop of the Remote Desktop Session Host server, the RemoteApp program is integrated with the client's desktop. The RemoteApp program runs in its own window, can be dragged between multiple monitors, and has its own entry in the taskbar.

Audit the following RemoteApp applications information:

  • Alias
  • Command-line arguments
  • Icon File
  • Name
  • Path
  • Virtual Path
  • Path Exists
  • RDP File Contents
  • RemoteApp program is available through Web Access
  • Restrict to specified domain users and domain groups (Windows 2008 R2 only)
Remote Application

Relationship Map

XIA Configuration Server automatically detects Terminal Server relationships including the host machine and RemoteApps

Terminal Server Relationships


View the sample document or find out more about XIA Configuration Server.

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