[THIN] Re: [Win 2012 RDS multiple simultaneous connections - Not working

  • From: "Raffensberger, Stephen D" <sraffens@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "thin@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <thin@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:57:34 +0000

Citrix could maybe fool the user into thinking the apps were running in 
simultaneous connections. If the user started Notepad on machine #1 then went 
over to machine #2 and logged in with "reconnect online sessions" set, Notepad 
will be sucked out of machine #1 and onto machine #2. He/she could then start 
up Calc and then go back to machine #1. Doing anything to trigger another 
"reconnect online sessions" will suck both applications back to machine #1 
It's more of a ping-pong than simultaneous.

Steve Raffensberger
Citrix Administrator
Produban US
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Subject: [THIN] Re: [Win 2012 RDS multiple simultaneous connections - Not 

On Thu, Mar 27, 2014 at 4:24 PM, Joe Shonk <joe.shonk@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> I guess the big question is why?  There are app virtualization
> techniques for running multiple instance of the same app.

Beats the heck out of me. :-)

It now appears as if I may have been misinformed - I was able to use a Citrix 
login, and the behavior there is the same as what I am seeing with RDS. I can 
have multiple sessions open at the same time, from multiple locations. But the 
app itself only executes in one of session at a time. (as I would have thought 
and expected).

So I have a sneaking suspicion that the person describing the current process 
and requirements doesn't know what they're talking about. LOL

I thought I was doing something wrong. I think it's more likely that I was told 
wrong, that the app doesn't execute in multiple simultaneous connections, but 
that the users need to stay signed into the remote environment (with the app 
executing in only one of the environments at a time). It sounded a bit too good 
to be true, but hey - maybe Citrix is able to do some magic to make that happen 
that way, what do I know ..

> Joe
> On Thu, Mar 27, 2014 at 1:09 PM, Michael Leone <oozerdude@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> OK, so what am I doing wrong here? I need my users to be able to log
>> into RDS in 2 different locations simultaneously, *and* be able to
>> run applications.
>> So I set this, in GP:
>> Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components,
>> Remote Desktop Services, Remote Desktop Session Host, Connection,
>> Restrict RDS users to a single RDS session
>> set to DISABLED. If I do a RSOP (Resulting Set of Policy) on the user
>> I am testing with, on each of the 2 computers they are using, I do
>> see that setting as DISABLED.
>> All should be good, right?
>> Wrong.
>> I can log into RDS as the same user from 2 machines at the same time.
>> I can start a RemoteApp on machine #1, and it all starts fine. When I
>> switch over to machine #2, and attempt to start any RemoteApp -
>> whether the one I am running on machine #1 or any other RemoteApp -
>> machine #2 tells me:
>> Your Remote Desktop Services session has ended
>> Another user connected to the remote computer, so you connection was
>> lost. Try connecting again, or contact your network administrator or
>> technical support group.
>> Why?? :-(
>> (and on machine #1, the RemoteApp I was trying to start on machine #2
>> starts up. I suppose that's good, in it's own way)
>> What I need is for my users to be able to be logged in, and
>> *running*, RemoteApps on multiple machines simultaneously. For
>> example, I need to start Notepad on machine #1; leave it there and
>> running; go over to machine #2; start up Calculator. I need machine
>> #2 to see Calculator, and #1 to see Notepad.
>> And I need neither session to close and transfer it's RemoteApps over
>> to the other session. I want'em both open, and both have their apps
>> still running.
>> What do I need to accomplish that? Obviously, that GPO setting isn't
>> it. Or isn't the only setting needed.  Or isn't working for me. So I
>> am missing some fundamental setting or concept here ...
>> Is anyone doing what I described as what I want, and is using Win2012
>> RDS to do it? If so, what are you doing that I am not doing?
>> I mean, technically I do have 2 sessions at once, one on #1 and one
>> on #2. But I can use only 1 of them at a time. Is there any way to
>> have both of them active at once, so that there are apps executing on
>> #1 and on #2 simultaneously?
>> I am told this currently works on our Citrix but I have not been able
>> to test it.
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