Installing and Using PDF-eXPLODE™ with Terminal Server

Important note: This Tech Tip applies only to PDF-eXPLODE Versions 1 and 2. Beginning with Version 3, there is a PDF-eXPLODE edition available for Microsoft terminal Server and Citrix Server. Click here for more details.

PDF-eXPLODE may be installed on a Terminal Services server and used in a Remote Desktop Connection session by following these steps. You must purchase a license for each PDF-eXPLODE user even though only one of those licenses will be installed on the server.

  1. Install PDF-eXPLODE on the server console while logged in to the Administrator user account (not a user account with Administrative privileges), and select the option to make the desktop shortcut available for All Users.
  2. Open PDF-eXPLODE on the server console and select all of the desired settings and test the e-mail connection. The option labeled “Explode/E-mail in Silent Mode” must be selected.
  3. Log in from a remote PC under a user account and try to open PDF-eXPLODE. In older versions of PDF-eXPLODE, the program may not open because of an issue with the location of the PDFeXPLODE.ini file. If it does not open:
    • Copy the Administrator’s PDFeXPLODE.ini to the remote user's folder. The folder names will be in the format:
    • C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Application Data\PDFeXPLODE

      Where “Owner” is replaced by the actual Windows users account name.

  4. If you are not using PDF-eXPLODE Version 1 skip this step.

    When PDF-eXPLODE sends a print request from an RDC connection, it is sent to the Administrator account – NOT to the account of a user with Administrative privileges. So the Administrator must be logged in to receive the print request. This can be done in one of two ways:

    • The Administrator account is logged in at the Windows Server
    • - OR -

    • The Server is running and Administrator is logged out, but the user has logged in from the client PC using Start, Run, mstsc /console (starting with Windows XP Service Pack 3, Windows Vista SP1 and Windows Server 2008 use mstsc /admin instead), and no other user is presently logged in from another client PC with the /console (or /admin) switch. (This approach eliminates the need for the administrator to be logged in to the physical console.)
  5. Note that users may share the Administrator's settings or use their own settings. The default is to use their own settings but this can be changed by opening the TurnAdminIni_ON.reg file located in REG subdirectory in the PDF-eXPLODE program folder on the server. Likewise, opening the TurnAdminIni_OFF.reg file in the same folder enables a user to user their own settings.

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