Using Remote Desktop in your Browser

For those, like me, who uses several times a day and for different connections the Terminal Services and Remote Desktop knows that is a must having a nice and simple way to manage all the connections. That’s why you probably use the “Remote Desktops” snap-in. This is how I use it in Windows Vista:

What if I tell you that you can manage all the connections that you want in your Internet Explorer? And if you’re using Mozilla Firefox or IE7 all the connections can be in you different tabs? Probably have the same functionality as this one, but it’s always good to know the option is there right?.

This is really simple and easy. Works with Windows Server 2003 and XP:

Using “Add or Remove Programs”, select “Add/Remove Components” and in “Application Server” select “Details”. You will find another list and in “Internet Information Services” select “Details” again and check “Remote Desktop Web Connection”.

When the installation starts you’ll be prompted to insert the Windows Server 2003 CD. After the installation is complete you are ready to use your Remote Desktop Connection in the default direction established in IIS: http://localhost/tsweb/

As a best practice, is always recommended that you set your permissions in IIS to not allow anonymous authentication, any other will be fine; and use HTTPS for the communication.



  1. How is this accomplish in Windows Server 2008? The only thing I see is a crappy RD Web Access which really just launches the RDP client and not using the ports from the browser. Browser connection is required when the RDP ports are not open in the firewalls (eg. through the browser it would be over 80 or 443).

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