18 Apr 2016: Changelog AADS Terminal Server (Build 124.18)




18 Apr 2016: Changelog AADS Terminal Server (Build 124.18)


AADS Application Control can handle environment variables in the Program names

The Administrator can open a DosBox, using the command Set, and see all the Environment Variables that do exist.
Those Environment Variables can be used while defining Applications for the Users.

The Benefit of this can be that a  Backup/Restore of AADS Application Control Settings is more usable. When  restoring an AADS Backup to a different Server, to a new Server, with a different Windows version, by using Environment Variables the defined Applications in Application Control are usable and OK on this other Server.


Control Panel button with all options

AADS Maintenance Control now has a new button that opens the Control Panel, containing direct links to "everything" that can be set on Windows.

Note: this "everything" view of the Control Panel is available on Windows Vista and higher. It is unfortunately not available on Windows XP and Server 2003.


Performance improvement

Many small performance improvements are applied due to smarter coding.



AADS has its own userinit program because of security and AADS Application Control. Unfortunately some viruses, trojan horses or other malicious software do "abuse" the userinit.exe setting,
and because of that, some anti-virus software are strict and rigid when it comes to userinit.exe setting

AADS has now more built-in functions to handle situations where some anti-virus software does disable our userinit program.

However, if anti-virus software really, really, really does not want AADS to utilize userinit-settings, then it still might happen that the AADServer becomes unusable because the anti-virus software removes the AADS userinit module and reverts Windows back to single user, single logon.


"Server has changed" message

Our main License Term, and business, is

The implication of this, is that when the server changes, the installed AADS license becomes invalid. Changes in the server can happen more easily when Virtualization is being used.
When this situation does happen, a specific popup message is shown:

When this message is shown, re-install AADS. AADS Setup will bound the AADS License to the new server.

When re-installing AADS fails because of "Administrative Reasons ":

License Reset is required.


Notifications, SMTP server settings, FQDN

Occasionally it might be required that a so called FQDN (Fully Qualified Domain Name) is entered as a name for the AADServer when it sends the Notifications:


Wether or not a FQDN is required, is not an AADS-issue. It depends on the mailserver. In the example above, the mailserver is "mail.bigcompany.com". The Administrator of this mailserver will tell you if a FQDN for this AADServer is required, and what the FQDN should be.


WWW-server fix

The built-in WWW-server did not always show the html-error pages. This is now fixed.


Where to position the AADS Limited Menu

AADS Application Control gives the user a limited desktop and menu: only the Applications the user needs.
Now it is possible to place this Limited Menu in each of the 4 corners of the screen:


The Limited Menu is placed "Top Right" on the desktop of the user:


Show the AADS Limited Menu in 1 or 2 columns

It is possible to show the AADS Limited Menu in either 1 or 2 columns. Example 2 columns:

The AADS Limited Menu is shown "Bottom Left" with "2" columns. The result is as follows:


Configuring the AADS Limited Menu for 1 column:

The result is as follows:


Update of AADS Client Settings, Performance

The Performance settings of AADS Client for Windows, OSX and Linux are updated.
A new settings is the ability to enable "Font Smoothing":

AADS Client for Windows


AADS Client for OSX


AADS Client for Linux


Fix / improvement AADS Client for Linux / OSX

Implemented a fix / improvement in AADS Client for Linux / OSX. This was needed in case rdesktop 1.8.x is being used.

Upgrade SSL modules

Upgrade SSL modules to OpenSSL 1.0.2g.

Note: the AADS client on Linux and OSX uses the OpenSSL libraries as included in Linux and OSX.



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