How Do I Set Up SoftLINK to Run in a Microsoft Terminal Server Environment

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Summary
Beginning with SoftLINK v10.50, there is a new quick and easy method for installing and using SoftLINK in a Terminal Server Environment. From this version on, the Client is no longer started as an application when each Terminal Server Session is started. Instead, the SoftLINK Service installed on the Microsoft Terminal Server will spawn a new Client Process for each new Terminal Server Sessions started.

Furthermore, this means that it is no longer required to run the Terminal Server Configuration Utility to use SoftLINK in a Terminal Server Environment.

When SoftLINK v10.50 is installed on a Terminal Server machine, only the Base port for the Client and the Client Name will need to be configured.

It also is no longer required to configure the SoftLINK Tutor to Browse a Specific IP address and Port Range to find the Clients running in the Terminal Server sessions. By using the new connect to Room option or the Connect to known list option, the Tutor will be able to Browse and locate the Clients running in the Terminal Server sessions.

Details

Installing SoftLINK onto a Terminal server

  1. Download SoftLINK v10.50 or above onto the Terminal Server from www.acs-linksystems.com.
  2. Once SoftLINK is downloaded to the Terminal Server, follow the proper instructions based upon your Terminal Server Operating System: Windows 2003 TS Server: Choose Start – Settings – Control Panel – Add or Remove Programs – Add New Program – Browse to the SoftLINK Setup.exe file and Click ok. Windows 2008 TS Server: Choose Start – Settings – Control Panel – “Install Application on Terminal Server” option – Browse to the SoftLINK Setup.exe file and Click ok.
  3. Select to install the Student Component onto the Terminal Server and complete the installation.
  4. The next time a Terminal Services Session is started SoftLINK will load in the session.

Connecting to a SoftLINK Student running in a Terminal server session
The Tutor can use different methods to connect to the Students running in the Terminal Server Sessions.

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