How do I connect to a Terminal Server from 9x/NT/2000?

A. The first action is to install the client which is explained in 'Q. How do I install Windows NT/9x based clients?'.

Once the client is installed there are two methods to connect to a terminal server. The first is a very manual method and while simple may not be ideal for many normal users.

  1. Select "Terminal Server Client" from the "Terminal Server Client" programs folder
  2. From the dialog select the server (or enter a different server name or IP address) and select a screen resolution. (The WFW version is slightly different in look but functionally the same)
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  3. Click Connect
  4. You will then have a window come up with a logon screen. Logon and you are now running a terminal server session!

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You should be aware that pressing Ctrl-Alt-Del will bring up the Local security menu and not the remote. To bring up the remote security menu select "Windows NT Security" from the Start menu. You will notice you don't have a shutdown button (unless you are an Administrator) as this would shutdown the terminal server machine.

An alternative is to setup a shortcut to connections and this is accomplished using the "Client Connection Manager".

  1. Start Client Connection Manager (CCM) by selecting it from the Terminal Server Client programs branch of the start menu
  2. From the File menu select 'New Connection'
  3. Enter a description and the servername or IP address of the terminal server. Click Next
  4. You may select Automatic logon by checking the Autologon box and entering username, password and domain details. Click Next
  5. Select settings such as desktop size and speed settings. Click Next
  6. The next screen gives the option of either running a full desktop or a specific application. If you select a program you must enter the executables name and location and a working directory. Click Next
  7. You should now select an icon for the connection by clicking the 'Change Icon' button and the program group to house the shortcut (Terminal Server Client by default). Click Next
  8. A summary will be displayed, click Finish.
  9. A new icon will now be displayed in CCM as shown below.

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You may create a shortcut to this on the desktop by right clicking on it and selecting 'Create shortcut on desktop'.

This shortcut actually calls the normal Terminal Server Client with a parameter of the configuration name, e.g.

"C:\Program Files\Terminal Server Client\MSTSC.EXE" "TS 1 Connect"

This may be useful for you to build into batch menus etc. The actual connection details are stored in the registry under the 'HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client' key. You could therefore dump out this registry key and import into other machines automating the shortcut installations. The only item not read in is the password if autologon was selected.

To dump out to file just select the registry key in REGEDIT.EXE, e.g. "TS 1 Connect", and select "Export Registry File" from the File menu. Enter a file name and click OK. You can then copy this .reg file to any machine and execute using

C:\> regedit /s <file>.reg

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