Friday, May 13, 2011

Remote Desktop Web Part for SharePoint 2010

Remote Desktop Web Part Available

While trying to figure out how to allow users into our network, without giving them the keys to the castle, I enabled Remote Desktop Access for a few members of my team. Thinking more about this, I quickly remembered a project several years ago while working for the Department of Defense. That project required us to "lock down" access to only necessary personnel and limited access to the programs on the servers. After spending some time on Microsoft's KnowledgeBase, we realized that we could create desktop "shortcuts" for those employees that made the RDP connection, logged them in and limited their access to one specific application on that server.

Recently the Efficience development team decided to build a SharePoint 2010 web part that does the same thing. Leveraging the remote desktop protocol, we created a SharePoint 2010 web part that allows a SharePoint administrator to drop the part on a web part page and configure it for use. It was not developed with the intention to allow users to "pick" their server, but that is coming in the next release.

Here's how it's used. Edit the web part page and select the RDP web part. Once the web part is on the page, choose the tool menu to edit the web part. In the Tool Part Pane, you will find the remote access settings.

Server = IP or URL of server with Remote Access enabled
Username = Account name for the server
Password = password for the Username
Domain = if necessary, provide the domain name
Program = the program name including extension, if you want the user to only have access to that program. Once they close the program, the session ends and the user is logged out and the RDP window closes.

That's it. Now you only have to go download it. The RDP web part is completely free and is available at the Efficience, LLC website @ For support, send an email to and we will answer your questions.

Thanks! Until next time...


  1. I like that SharePoint, a type of Remote Desktop software, allows the administrator to pick a specific application to be used by the remote access individual. This is helpful in maintaining a high level of security.

  2. Oh no...
    The link no longer available...

  3. Please repost the link. I would love to have a closer look at this.