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  • Using remote desktop in a web app

    Before you guys have helped me with this command:"sys_shell("C:\Windows\System32\mstsc.exe /v:{" +name+"} /console")", to use in the desktop version.

    I need to move this to the web, I have a field name, Name, that I want to 'link" so that when people click on it it will open up the remote desktop for that computer.
    Hope you can help.

    Thanks
    Roelof

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    Re: Using remote desktop in a web app

    Originally posted by Atta View Post
    Before you guys have helped me with this command:"sys_shell("C:\Windows\System32\mstsc.exe /v:{" +name+"} /console")", to use in the desktop version.

    I need to move this to the web, I have a field name, Name, that I want to 'link" so that when people click on it it will open up the remote desktop for that computer.
    Hope you can help.

    Thanks
    Roelof
    Roelof I think you might have a little bit of a technology issue that you have to overcome first. You can't open up Microsoft remote desktop connections from the web. You can however configure a computer that you want to connect to over the web with something called Remote Desktop Webconnection. It is a program that runs via IIS installed on the computer you want to connect to and then you can link to it, with an address like http://ipaddress:8081/tsweb/. For information on this configuration check out this MS article, http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/u...p_03may16.mspx.

    Another option is using a purely web base remote desktop application like Logmein.com. The pro version allows you to create a web shortcut to your remote computer that you could include in your system for linking. I think there might be a few other options depending on your setup, like if you the Juniper Networks VPN suite or others that provide a web based Remote Desktop solution, but in order to link to a remote desktop via a web link inside or outside of Alpha there is some work you will need to do to enable that type of functionality.

    Hope that points you down a workable path.
    Kevin

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      Re: Using remote desktop in a web app

      Won't work. Even if the command works, it will fire on the server, opening a remote desktop connection between the server and 'name'. You can't execute anything on the client's computer using WAS.

      But I suppose you could initiate a download of a file (shortcut) containing the remote desktop command. The user could put this on their desktop, and then click it to run. But the user has to download and decide to click the shortcut, you can't make it run directly from the WAS.
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        Re: Using remote desktop in a web app

        Originally posted by Steve Wood View Post
        Won't work. Even if the command works, it will fire on the server, opening a remote desktop connection between the server and 'name'. You can't execute anything on the client's computer using WAS.

        But I suppose you could initiate a download of a file (shortcut) containing the remote desktop command. The user could put this on their desktop, and then click it to run. But the user has to download and decide to click the shortcut, you can't make it run directly from the WAS.
        Steve,
        Maybe I don't understand A5 enough but can't you code an external link in an A5W page to open in a new browser window? So as long as he used one of the web remote desktop options I listed, all the users browser would do is open a new browser window which would allow them to then log onto the remote computer via that new web browser. Which would have nothing to do with the A5 server.

        Kevin

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          Re: Using remote desktop in a web app

          Our posts overlapped, my comment was about the Windows-based remote desktop, which resides on the client machine. What you propose would work because they are web-based solutions.
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            Re: Using remote desktop in a web app

            Guys I have it working with IIS, and it works great. Thanks for all of your help.

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            • #7
              Re: Using remote desktop in a web app

              Have a look at tightVNC/RealVNC and the built in web plug-in, we have this working very well for several servers.

              By default this always runs on port 5800 so you can link to a machine in a browser window with this link: http://wwww.EXTERNAL-IP-ADDRESS-OF-PC:5800/

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