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    SIMS via TS RemoteApp in server 2008R2

    First of all is this possible? i can run sims on the server locally, albeit with a manually changed sims.ini specificly for that server but when i run it via remoteapp it tells me the sims.ini file cannot be found.

    Is there a way around this? I really want to get rid of our current way of people remotely using sims

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    Is your sims.ini stored on a mapped network drive? If so then the mapped drive probably does not exist in the context of the remoteapp user so you may need to use UNC paths or a script or something to make sure that the path does exist before the application fires up within the user context.

    We use RemoteApp with our MIS software MUSAC and while its 'not officially supported' it works great and seems to be a much better solution than the primative one that they suggest (full RDP TS environment on 32bit servers).

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    When you install sims and login for the first time it'll ask you if you have a connect.ini file if you put in no and manually enter the details to the sql instance that should help just to clarify it is the connect.ini you mean the sims.ini file is something else entirely and is used for updating among other things this is generally installed on the local machine and is machine specific?

    Wes

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    Got it working in the end, copied the sims.ini file into the sims install folder and updated the ini to be compatible with the 64bit windows (changed all the \Program files\ to \Program Files (x86)\ - that got sims running on the server itself followed by disallowing the local drive of the clients to map across to the server enabled it to work via remoteapp

    I love the new terminal services in 2008R2, fantastic compared to the dull yawn fest of 2003

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    Shame FMS doesn't work as well

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    Got it to run except i get two errors on logging in: commandpulsar.exe not found in C:\Program files\sims\sims.net

    obviously that's because fms resides in C:\Program Files (x86)\ and the other one is "crystal reports is not intalled on this machine. You will not be able to produce reports", after that the program runs fine

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    I like you definition of fine.

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    haha well fine as in, it runs, you can see the information, edit information, you just can't make reports i don't actually know what commandpulsar.exe does and i wouldn't want to go poking around FMS too much anyway, so there are probably other bugs ive not seen yet i guess

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    The commandpulsar sync SIMS personnel with FMS.

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    All I had to do is to copy the connect.ini from the SIMS server and paste it to overwrite the same file in sims. net folder on the TS server.

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    Are you able to run TS RemoteApp in a Server 2003 environment? It's something I'm looking at doing rather than having staff log into the terminal server before launching SIMS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris_ View Post
    Are you able to run TS RemoteApp in a Server 2003 environment? It's something I'm looking at doing rather than having staff log into the terminal server before launching SIMS.
    I'm pretty sure it's a new feature introduced in server 2008 and made good in 2008R2, well worth it if you can upgrade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbios View Post
    I'm pretty sure it's a new feature introduced in server 2008 and made good in 2008R2, well worth it if you can upgrade.
    Ah, I thought that might be the case. I'll look at the possibility of upgrading. I think the server license might be for 2008 if not 2008 R2 but just downgraded to 2003. Was yours in an RM environment or vanilla?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris_ View Post
    Ah, I thought that might be the case. I'll look at the possibility of upgrading. I think the server license might be for 2008 if not 2008 R2 but just downgraded to 2003. Was yours in an RM environment or vanilla?
    Vanilla, I thought i would have to go through a nightmare of finding licences and how much they cost etc, turned out of MSVL school agreement covers it completely which I was pleased about, had never touched terminal server licensing prior to this one, not sure if it was this easy in the past though.

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    I've got another issue with this now, if i connect internally i see my apps in the RemoteApp window and i can open them etc, but if i open them via www.website.com route it logs me in, certificates are correct etc but none of the programs appear, what have i done wrong there then?

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