Remote desktop protocol applications

Remote desktop is a program or an operating system feature that allows a user to connect to a computer in another location, see that computer's desktop and interact with it as if it were local.

Remote desktop protocol (RDP) allows a computer’s desktop environment to run remotely on one system, usually a personal computer, while displaying on a separate client device. RDP can be used for various purposes, including,

  • Access a workplace computer from home or when traveling.
  • Access a home computer from other locations.
  • Fix a computer problem.
  • Perform administrative tasks.
  • Demonstrate something, such as a process or a software application.

In Enterprise Application Access (EAA) you can expose and publish a remote desktop or a single desktop application as an EAA application. This feature allows you to limit an end user’s lateral movement ability on the remote desktop by restricting access to other desktop applications.

EAA allows you to create a remote desktop application and enable specific operations in the remote environment, such as the following:

  • Initial Program: You can specify the program that initializes or starts when the end user logs in to the remote environment.
  • RemoteApp: You can specify the RemoteApp program that the end user can access. You can also specify additional arguments and directory details for the RemoteApp.
  • Copy and Paste: The ability to copy and paste content to and from the remote desktop. Depending on the browser, end users may need to use keyboard shortcuts for these operations or they will have to use the copy and paste options in the context menu.
  • Audio: If audio is enabled for the remote desktop, end users can play audio on their remote desktop environment.
  • Printing. If enabled, end users can print content from their remote desktop server. EAA creates a postscript printer that end users select when printing content. This printer converts the content to a PDF that end users print from their local computer.
  • File Sharing: If enabled, end users can upload files to the remote desktop or download files from the remote desktop.

EAA also provides a remote desktop icon that end users can click to configure remote desktop display settings.

Note: On a Windows server, RDP requires that the RDS license is installed on the server.