Recently we discussed how one can create a virtual machine for server admin with a Windows RT device. Sometimes though, you just need putty. Putty is perhaps one of the most used server admin tools by any Windows administrator. In this guide we are going to show how one can also enable using Putty using RemoteApp. The benefits in some situations becomes obvious.
Sometimes one only needs an application in a window, not an entire remote desktop. For example, if you are looking up documentation in Windows Explorer and just need a terminal window, this works well. The end goal is being able to administer a server using a Windows RT device such as the Microsoft Surface either from a data center floor, watching football at home, or watching football live.
Putty on Windows RT Using a Microsoft Surface: Getting Started
As was mentioned in the introduction to this article, the first thing you want is to have a Windows 8 Enterprise, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7 Ultimate or Windows 7 Enterprise virtual machine for server administration. If you have a remote desktop session up on the machine putty will run via RemoteApp off of, then that session will be disconnected when you use RemoteApp. Luckily, it is ridiculously easy to setup virtual machines these days, and even Windows 8 Pro or Windows 8 Enterprise can host a Hyper-V VM of one of the above operating systems...