When I need to access my WHS, I normally use a Remote Desktop Connection.  I have this option with the OS I use and it allows me to do much more than the basic WHS Console allows me.  If you use the WHS console, however, you have limited abilities to do OS maintenance.  Perhaps Microsoft does not want you to.

Enter Program Launcher.  This handy add-in will allow you do add any program you desire to use from within the WHS Console.  You can even bring the WHS desktop to the surface and do all your maintenance as if you were using a RDC.

It is quite simple to use and add new programs.  Which is how this type of add-in should be.  When you first install Program Launcher, the add-in installs several items by default, as can be seen below.

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To add a new program to the list, simply click on the + Add button and browse to program you wish to add.

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Simple as that, which is the way it should be, as I said above.  If you need to do some file maintenance, double-click on the Windows Explorer icon and this is what you will see below.

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And if you want full control, as if you were using a RDC, simply double-click on the Desktop icon and there you are.  The picture below is a screenshot of a Console connection, not a RD connection.

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Author: Dan Forsyth
Version Reviewed: 1.2.1.0
Release Date: 03 Aug 2007

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