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Common misconceptions about Microsoft RemoteApp

posted Dec 10, 2013, 9:01 AM by Sami Lehtinen   [ updated Dec 15, 2013, 10:19 AM ]
After talking with engineers, I decided to write this list. Because it was obvious, they thought that following things could be ignored, because RemoteApp makes system so secure automatically.
  • It's a security suite, no it isn't.
  • It prevents user from doing anything else than running / using the one specified application, no it doesn't.
  • It somehow magically makes Remote Desktop Secure, no it doesn't.
  • It somehow magically makes Windows Server secure in general, no it doesn't.
  • It somehow magically prevents abusing server resources, no it doesn't
  • It somehow magically prevents unauthorized database access, no it doesn't.
  • It somehow magically prevents users from accessing (and abusing) disk resources, no it doesn't.
  • It especially beneficial for mobile users with tablets and phones, no it isn't.
  • It prevents malware running on server, no it doesn't.
So, when ever remoteapp is being used, all the normal security configuration things are still needed. Using RemoteApp alone, doesn't change anything or restrict users from doing something bad on server or hogging all resources.

kw: rds, remote app, microsoft, remote desktop, security, configuration, secure.