Get Started with RDS-WebAccess
Step 1: Installing RDS-WebAccess on your computer
Installing RDS-WebAccess is an easy process.
Files are decompressed and copied into:
- "C:\Program Files\RDS-Tools\RDS-WebAccess" folder (32 bits systems)
- "C:\Program Files (x86)\RDS-Tools\RDS-WebAccess" folder (64 bits system).
The trial version is a full featured version limited to 2 weeks and 10 users.
After the installation, there will be a new icon on your Desktop:
On Server side:
From Windows XP to W10 Pro with at least 2GB of memory.
Warning: RDS-WebAccess is not supported on Windows 10 Home. If you wish to use RDS-WebAccess on Windows 10, you have to upgrade your W10 Home system up to W10 Pro.
The operating system must be on the C drive. On Windows Server Environment (2003 to 2019) please make sure that the TSE/RDS role and the TSE/RDS licensing role are installed.
It is mandatory to use a fixed private IP address and a fixed public IP address. If your ISP (Internet Service Provider) did not provide you with a fixed public IP address, you need to subscribe to a free DNS account.
On Client side:
Microsoft workstation: Windows XP, W7, W8 and W10 are supported.
A PDF Reader (like FoxIt) and Java should be installed on the users PCs.
Macintosh workstation: You can use any MAC RDP client, or RDS-WebAccess HTML5 clients.
Linux Workstation: You can use Linux Rdesktop RDP client or RDS-WebAccess HTML5 clients.
Step 2 : Creating users.
After reboot, the RDS-WebAccess host is almost ready to go. So the first action will be to create users and the AdminTool will help you to do so.
Each user must have a logon AND a password.
Beware when you create users of the box checked by default: "User must change password at next logon", if you don't want your user to change his/her password each time, uncheck this box and check the "Password never expires" or "User cannot change password".
Step 3: Checking your Installation
On your server, start an Internet browser (such as Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer).
Browse to http://localhost:491.
If everything was installed and configured properly, then you should see the following web page:
If this page is not displayed, please contact our Support team.
Step 4: Select the most suitable client for your needs.
RDS-WebAccess complies with Windows RDP protocol. So, any user can connect locally or remotely with a standard Remote Desktop Connection client (mstsc.exe) or any RDP compatible client. To fully benefit from the RDS-WebAccess advanced features (Seamless client, RemoteApp, Universal Printer…) you can use the RDS-WebAccess Web Portal.
RDS-WebAccess is a very flexible solution and offers multiple ways to open a session:
- Classic Remote Desktop Connection (MSTSC.EXE).
- MS RemoteAPP client which will display application using the native MS RemoteApp.
- Windows client over the RDS-WebAccess Web Portal.
- HTML5 client over the RDS-WebAccess Web Portal.
These clients give the user the following experience:
With Remote Desktop Connection (mstsc.exe)
- Connection: The connection is a very standard one. The Universal Printer is not supported with this type of connection.
- Display: Users will see their session within a Remote Desktop window. This desktop displays the content of the user’s desktop folder.
If the administrator has assigned specific applications with the AdminTool, only these applications will be displayed (no taskbar, no Desktop).
The RDS-WebAccess RemoteApp Client.
Remote applications will exactly look like any local application.
Instead of a classical Remote Desktop window, you will be free to switch between your local and remote applications without having to minimize a Remote Desktop window.
If your RDS-WebAccess host supports the MS RemoteApp (W7 Enterprise/Ultimate, W8 Enterprise, W2008 or W2012) you can use this native alternative for the RDS-WebAccess Seamless technology.
Step 5: Connecting Remotely to your Server
You can now connect to your server from any HTML5-compatible device, such as:
- Android mobiles, iPhones, Blackberry, Windows mobiles...
- Android tablets, iPads, Surface...
- Windows, Mac OSX, Linux computer having an Internet browser (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, Safari...)
All you have to do is to browse to http://yourserver/ (using your server's name or public IP address).
Step 6: Application publishing and Application Control.
One of RDS-WebAccess major benefit is the freedom to assign application to user(s) or to a group of users using the AdminTool.
- If you assign one application to a user, he will only see this application.
- You also can assign him the RDS-WebAccess Taskbar or the Floating Panel to display multiple applications.
- You can of course decide to publish a full Remote Desktop if you want to.
In this example, the administrator has decided that the user 'john' will get the RDS-WebAccess Taskbar. See this documentation for more information.
We advise all our customers to read our online documentation.
Do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions or feedback about RDS-WebAccess and/or this quick-start guide.