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wonder if there is a way to launch a program like "BitTorrent" on my laptop ,

which is actually running on my windows server 2008 r2 ?

so basically when i click the BitTorrent icon on my laptop to be like a short-cut that points to the BitTorrent installed on my server and everything that BitTorrent does to be saved on that server ( downloads ...uploads ... etc..)


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Do you want the program its-self to run on the Server? I'm not 100% sure what you're aiming at here. – Joe Taylor Dec 2 '10 at 11:11

Yes, you can so that using the RemoteApp feature of RDP services (Terminal Services was the old name).

I have found that it is even possible using RemoteApp on desktop versions of Windows, with a little .rdp file and registry editing.

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As an alternative could you just use Remote Desktop to connect to the server and run the application there. It's not exactly what you want but provides 99% of what you need.

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RemoteApp is part of RDP services, and does exactly what he wants. – paradroid Dec 2 '10 at 11:18
I wasn't aware of that, very interesting. – JamieDainton Dec 2 '10 at 13:49

I will suggest some hacky ways in which I would do this:

1) If you are running a web-server on your "server", create a PHP script that will launch bittorent (with your parameters). Make sure to include some authentication logic and use HTTPS preferably.

2) You could use AUTO-IT (windows) or xdotool (linux) to automate such tasks. For example, in few lines, you can write a script to launch putty, ssh to your server, and type commands to run on the server.

Using both 1) and 2), you can create a single click launcher for what you want.

There may be custom solutions a single task like this, but AutoIT/xdotool kind of things are very generic and useful.

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