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Brien Posey is an MCSE and has won the Microsoft MVP award for the last two years. Brien has written who over 3,000 technical articles and written or contributed material to 27 books.

In addition to his technical writing, Brien is the co-founder of Relevant Technologies and also serves the IT community through his own Web site at www.brienposey.com

Prior to being a freelance author, Brien served as CIO for a chain of hospitals. He was also previously in charge of IT security for Fort Knox.

Brien M. Posey's Latest Contributions

Working With Terminal Services Remote Applications (Part 5)
Date - Jun 23, 2009
Section - Articles & Tutorials / General
How to create traditional Windows Installer packages for remote applications.
Working With Terminal Services Remote Applications (Part 4)
Date - May 19, 2009
Section - Articles & Tutorials / General
How to access remote applications over the Internet using TS Web Access.
Working With Terminal Services Remote Applications (Part 3)
Date - Apr 21, 2009
Section - Articles & Tutorials / General
Hosting a remote application and generating an RDP file, demonstrating some settings that we did not mention in part 2.
Working With Terminal Services Remote Applications (Part 2)
Date - Mar 17, 2009
Section - Articles & Tutorials / General
A walk through the configuration process necessary for application hosting.
Working With Terminal Services Remote Applications (Part 1)
Date - Feb 24, 2009
Section - Articles & Tutorials / General
Discussing a Windows Server 2008 feature called Terminal Service RemoteApp, which allows you to host individual applications on a Terminal Server.
Writing Terminal Service Based Scripts (Part 14)
Date - Dec 03, 2008
Section - Articles & Tutorials / Scripting
How to add additional terminal service functionality to our existing script framework.
Writing Terminal Service Based Scripts (Part 13)
Date - Nov 19, 2008
Section - Articles & Tutorials / Scripting
This article continues the series on terminal service scripting by integrating the Query Session command into our existing script.
Writing Terminal Service Based Scripts (Part 12)
Date - Oct 08, 2008
Section - Articles & Tutorials / Scripting
How to configure a script to accept user input.
Writing Terminal Service Based Scripts (Part 11)
Date - Sep 10, 2008
Section - Articles & Tutorials / Scripting
This article continues the series on terminal service scripting by beginning the creation of a session management script.
Writing Terminal Service Based Scripts (Part 10)
Date - Aug 13, 2008
Section - Articles & Tutorials / Scripting
This article continues my series on terminal server scripting by talking about menus and subroutines.
Writing Terminal Service Based Scripts (Part 9)
Date - Jul 09, 2008
Section - Articles & Tutorials / Scripting
This article continues the series on terminal server scripting by talking about menus and subroutines.
Writing Terminal Service Based Scripts (Part 8)
Date - Jun 25, 2008
Section - Articles & Tutorials / Scripting
This article continues the Terminal Service Scripting series by explaining how we generated a date based filename.
Writing Terminal Service Based Scripts (Part 7)
Date - May 14, 2008
Section - Articles & Tutorials / Scripting
This article continues with the series on creating terminal service based scripts by explaining the inner workings of the script that we created previously.
Writing Terminal Service Based Scripts (Part 6)
Date - Apr 02, 2008
Section - Articles & Tutorials / Scripting
This article continues with the series on creating terminal service based scripts by beginning to take a look at using a script to create a report.
Writing Terminal Service Based Scripts (Part 5)
Date - Mar 05, 2008
Section - Articles & Tutorials / Scripting
This article continues the series on terminal service based scripts by introducing a couple more commands that you can use in your scripts.
Writing Terminal Service Based Scripts (Part 4)
Date - Feb 06, 2008
Section - Articles & Tutorials / Scripting
This article continues the discussion of terminal service related commands by talking about a command that you can use to send messages to terminal service users.
Writing Terminal Service Based Scripts (Part 3)
Date - Jan 16, 2008
Section - Articles & Tutorials / Scripting
This article continues the series on writing terminal service based scripts by discussing more of the commands that are available to you.
Writing Terminal Service Based Scripts (Part 2)
Date - Dec 19, 2007
Section - Articles & Tutorials / Scripting
How you can use a command line environment to create various scripts that assist with tasks encountered during day to day terminal server operations.
Writing Terminal Service Based Scripts (Part 1)
Date - Nov 14, 2007
Section - Articles & Tutorials / Scripting
How you can use a command line environment to create various scripts that assist with tasks encountered during day to day terminal server operations.
Using 2X ApplicationServer to Publish Applications, Part 6
Date - Oct 24, 2007
Section - Articles & Tutorials / Management Tools
This article concludes the series on 2X ApplicationServer by showing you how to configure a published desktop, and how to publish an individual document.
Using 2X ApplicationServer to Publish Applications, Part 5
Date - Oct 03, 2007
Section - Articles & Tutorials / Management Tools
How to create and configure application groups.
Using 2X ApplicationServer to Publish Applications, Part 4
Date - Sep 19, 2007
Section - Articles & Tutorials / Management Tools
How to fine tune published applications.
Using 2X ApplicationServer to Publish Applications, Part 3
Date - Aug 29, 2007
Section - Articles & Tutorials / Management Tools
How 2X ApplicationServer can be used to host individual applications in a terminal service environment.
Using 2X ApplicationServer to Publish Applications, Part 2
Date - Aug 01, 2007
Section - Articles & Tutorials / Management Tools
How 2X ApplicationServer can be used to host individual applications in a Terminal Service environment.
Using 2X ApplicationServer to Publish Applications, Part 1
Date - Jun 20, 2007
Section - Articles & Tutorials / Management Tools
The benefits of being able to host individual applications in a Terminal Service environment and the basic architecture involved in running 2X Application Server in an organization containing multiple Terminal Servers.
Changes to Terminal Service Security Related Group Policy Settings in Windows Vista and Longhorn Server
Date - May 16, 2007
Section - Articles & Tutorials / Security
The group policy object settings that are related to Terminal Service security in Windows Vista and Longhorn Server.
Using SoftGrid to Support the Use of Conflicting Applications in a Terminal Service Environment - Part 2
Date - Apr 10, 2007
Section - Articles & Tutorials / Virtualization
How application virtualization works and how SoftGrid allows you to move applications between terminal servers.
Troubleshooting Common Terminal Service Connection Errors
Date - Mar 13, 2007
Section - Articles & Tutorials / General
Possible reasons why a clientís attempt to establish a connection to a terminal server might be refused.
Using SoftGrid to Support the Use of Conflicting Applications in a Terminal Service Environment - Part 1: An Introduction to Application Virtualization
Date - Feb 14, 2007
Section - Articles & Tutorials / Virtualization
How Microsoft SoftGrid allows otherwise incompatible applications to run on a common server.
An Introduction to Terminal Services Remote Programs (Part 4)
Date - Dec 27, 2006
Section - Articles & Tutorials / General
How to create and deploy a Windows Installer package.
An Introduction to Terminal Services Remote Programs (Part 3)
Date - Dec 06, 2006
Section - Articles & Tutorials / General
How to distribute the remote programs that were authorized in the previous article.
An Introduction to Terminal Services Remote Programs (Part 2)
Date - Nov 21, 2006
Section - Articles & Tutorials / General
This article leads through the rest of the configuration process.
An Introduction to Terminal Services Remote Programs (Part 1)
Date - Oct 11, 2006
Section - Articles & Tutorials / General
This article will introduce you to a new type of Terminal Service session called Terminal Services Remote Programs.
An Overview of Longhorn Server’s Terminal Service Gateway (Part 5)
Date - Sep 27, 2006
Section - Articles & Tutorials / Security
This article concludes the series by demonstrating how to create resource groups and resource access policies that control user access to resource groups.
An Overview of Longhorn Server’s Terminal Service Gateway (Part 4)
Date - Sep 13, 2006
Section - Articles & Tutorials / Security
In this article, I will explain how to configure IIS and how to create a Connection Authorization Policy.
An Overview of Longhorn Server’s Terminal Service Gateway (Part 3)
Date - Aug 31, 2006
Section - Articles & Tutorials / Security
In Part 2 of this article series, I showed you how to create an enterprise certificate authority that could be used to issue SSL certificates to your Terminal Service gateway. In this article, I will continue the discussion by showing you how to configure the Terminal Service gateway to interact with the certificate authority that you created.
An Overview of Longhorn Server’s Terminal Service Gateway (Part 2)
Date - Aug 15, 2006
Section - Articles & Tutorials / Security
In this article, I will continue the discussion by showing you how to confirm that the necessary services are installed correctly. From there, I will show you how to create a certificate authority that issues the certificates used to encrypt gateway traffic.
An Overview of Longhorn Server’s Terminal Service Gateway (Part 1)
Date - Jul 06, 2006
Section - Articles & Tutorials / Security
In this article I will explain how the Terminal Services Gateway makes it easier for remote users to access a terminal server session.
Terminal Service Administration and Folder Redirection
Date - Jun 06, 2006
Section - Articles & Tutorials / General
If Remote Desktop for Administration is enabled on a server thatís running Windows Server 2003, then the server can not be configured to use offline files and vice versa. In this article, I will explain why that is and how you can decide which of these two features is more important to you.
What to Expect From the Windows Terminal Services in a 64-Bit Environment (Part 2)
Date - May 17, 2006
Section - Articles & Tutorials / General
In this article, I will continue my discussion by talking about the impact of a move to a 64-bit operating system on your serverís hardware.
What to Expect From the Windows Terminal Services in a 64-Bit Environment (Part 1)
Date - Apr 13, 2006
Section - Articles & Tutorials / General
In this article, I will discuss why 64-bit servers may be a worthwhile investment for organizations that are currently using Windows Server 2003 based terminal servers.
Creating a Terminal Service Pilot Deployment Program
Date - Mar 22, 2006
Section - Articles & Tutorials / General
If you have spent much time on this Web site, then you probably know that if properly deployed, the Terminal Services can greatly ease a networkís administrative burden, and can be a huge cost saver for a company. In spite of its many benefits, switching all of the users in the company from a client/server deployment to a thin client deployment is a big undertaking. In this article, I will discuss how to go about performing a pilot deployment for your new thin client environment.
Securing the Windows Terminal Services
Date - Feb 08, 2006
Section - Articles & Tutorials / Security
Security is important for just about any computer network, but it tends to be especially important in a Terminal Service environment. Think about it for a moment; users are running applications directly on your server. If a vulnerability exists in an application or in the serverís configuration exists, then the vulnerability could potentially be exploited in an effort to gain access to the underlying operating system. That being the case, itís worth spending some extra time making sure that you have done a good job securing the Terminal Services. In this article, I will share some security techniques with you.
Running Legacy 16-Bit Applications in a Terminal Service Environment
Date - Jan 04, 2006
Section - Articles & Tutorials / Performance
It may seem strange to talk about applications written for an operating system that has been obsolete for at least ten years, but believe it or not, there are a huge number of companies that still depend on legacy DOS applications for mission critical tasks. Unfortunately, DOS applications do not tend to work well with the Windows Terminal Services. In this article, I will discuss some of the underlying reasons for this incompatibility. After doing so, I will then go on to discuss some possible resolutions for the various compatibility issues.
Managing User Specific Application Configuration Data in a Terminal Service Environment
Date - Dec 14, 2005
Section - Articles & Tutorials / General
Today almost every Windows application writes data to the Windows registry during the installation process. Although the way that the application uses the registry isnít usually a pressing issue on a standard PC, registry key placement becomes crucially important when the application is run in a Terminal Service environment. In this article, I will explain why this is the case and how the Terminal Services manages application related registry entries for multiple users.
Juggling Terminal Service Resources
Date - Nov 17, 2005
Section - Articles & Tutorials / General
Thin client computing has been around for many decades. Although the basic underlying principles are the same for terminal sessions today as they were thirty years ago, the demands made against the servers that host terminal sessions have increased exponentially. Bloated applications and resource hungry operating systems place huge demands on terminal servers. In this article, I will discuss how you can plan your terminal server hardware so that your terminal service environment will run efficiently.
Using the Terminal Services through Internet Information Server
Date - Oct 21, 2005
Section - Articles & Tutorials / Management Tools
Although the Terminal Services can be used as a management tool, sometimes firewall port issues or the unavailability of a Terminal Service client can make using the Terminal Services impractical. However, there is a Web based Terminal Service client included with Windows Server 2003. This client allows you to remotely access a Windows 2003 Server through a Web browser.

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