Configuring the Terminal Server Client - Page 2

 By Brien M. Posey
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Configuring the Client

In Part 3, I had you download the terminal server client and run the PC portion of the setup. By doing so, you copied all the necessary files to your PDA. If you look at your PDA's Start menu, under Programs, you'll see a menu called Terminal Server Client. Beneath this menu, select the option for Client Connection Wizard.


When the wizard begins, you'll be asked to enter a description for the connection and the name of the terminal server. I usually simply enter the server name in the description field. Because I manage multiple servers with my handheld PC, this description makes it easy to connect to any of them. I should also mention that in the past, I've occasionally had trouble entering an actual server name in the Server Name field. Sometimes Windows CE simply fails to locate the server by name. However, I've discovered that if I enter an IP address instead, I can get around this problem.

Once you've entered the appropriate information, click Next. The next screen gives you the opportunity to log on automatically by entering a user name, password, and a domain name. Of course, this screen is optional; you can bypass it by clicking Next. If you decide to fill it out, click Next after doing so. The final screen in the wizard informs you that under normal circumstances, the terminal server client displays the Windows NT (or, in this case, 2000) desktop upon connection. However, it gives you the option of running a remote application instead of displaying the desktop. Because you're configuring this connection for administrative purposes, you'll need to be able to access the server's desktop. To do so, select the Display Desktop icon and click Finish.

At this point, an icon will appear on the desktop with the name of the server you've chosen (the icon name is the same as the description that you entered). As you can see in Figure 1, it's now possible to run a Windows 2000 Server (or Advanced Server) session on your PDA. In Figure 2, you can see that although the display is a bit cluttered because of the size and resolution difference between the PDA and the actual server, you can access all the Windows 2000 menu options including the Administrative Tools. You're now free to remotely manage your server.

Figure 1: You can access a true Windows 2000 Server session on your handheld PC.

Figure 2: All the usual Administrative Tools are available to you.

When you're done using the terminal session, you can disconnect from the server by using the Shut Down command on the Start menu. After selecting this command, be sure to use the Log Off option rather than the Shut Down option. The Log Off option will return you to the Windows CE desktop. However, the Shut Down option will remotely shut down your server regardless of whether anyone else is connected. //

Brien M. Posey is an MCSE who works as a freelance writer. His past experience includes working as the director of information systems for a national chain of health care facilities and as a network engineer for the Department of Defense. Because of the extremely high volume of e-mail that Brien receives, it's impossible for him to respond to every message, although he does read them all.

This article was originally published on Nov 24, 2000
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