Access resources and computers using RemoteApp and Desktop Connections

RemoteApp and Desktop Connections is a feature you can use to access programs and desktops (remote computers and virtual computers) made available to you by your workplace's network administrator. With a connection, all of these resources are located in a single, easy-to-access folder on your computer.

To set up a connection on your computer, see Set up a connection with RemoteApp and Desktop Connections.

After you set up the connection, here's how to access it:

  1. Click the Start button Picture of the Start button, click All Programs, and then click RemoteApp and Desktop Connections.
  2. Click the connection you want to access.

  3. Click the program or desktop you want to access.

  4. If you trust the publisher of the program or desktop, click Connect in the dialog box that appears.

When you're connected, the RemoteApp and Desktop Connections icon Picture of the RemoteApp and Desktop Connections icon appears in the notification area of the taskbar.

If your network administrator makes changes to the available resources, your connection is updated automatically. To update the connection manually, follow these steps:

  1. Open RemoteApp and Desktop Connections by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type remote, and then click RemoteApp and Desktop Connections.

  2. On the connection you want to update, click Properties, and then click Update now.

For information designed for network administrators on setting up resources, go to Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Resources on the Microsoft website.