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

  • From: Michael Leone <oozerdude@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "thin@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <thin@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2014 10:05:44 -0400

On Thu, Mar 27, 2014 at 4:57 PM, Raffensberger, Stephen D
<sraffens@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> 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 again.
> It's more of a ping-pong than simultaneous.

Yes, I see that.

I like how it's seamless - -i.e., that the user doesn't see a message
when the app disappears from the first machine and opens on the
second. In RDS I am seeing a message about how another user connected
to the remote computer, and the connection has been lost. I wonder if
I can suppress that message. Citrix just does it seamlessly ...

> Steve Raffensberger
> Citrix Administrator
> Produban US
> sraffens@xxxxxxxxxxx
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> 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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