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Which 'Connection Mode' should I use with 2X ApplicationServer XG?
Posted by Scott Sims on 24 November 2009 03:31 PM

The 2X Client provides four ‘Modes’ for server connections; Direct Mode, Direct SSL Mode, Gateway Mode and Gateway SSL Mode.

To determine which mode would be best for your environment, please consider the following:

Direct Mode:

  • If the client machine has direct physical server access, Direct Mode can be used to connect to a 2X SecureClientGateway through port 80.
  • The 2X Client and 2X SecureClientGateway then negotiate data to establish a session, after which the client initiates an RDP session with the Terminal Server or VDI Host. The 2X Client will disconnect from the 2X SecureClientGateway and establish a new session with the server.
  • Direct Mode is the most efficient connection mode, since the gateway is temporary with a minimal data load.

Direct SSL mode:

  • In a more secure environment, if a client machine has direct physical server access, clients can use the Direct SSL Mode
  • The 2x Client connects to a 2X SecureClientGateway through port 443.
  • The 2X Client and 2X SecureClientGateway then negotiate data to establish a session, after which the client initiates an RDP session with the Terminal Server or VDI Host. The 2X Client will disconnect from the 2X SecureClientGateway and establish a new session with the server

Gateway Mode:

  • With the Regular Gateway Mode, the 2x Client will also connect to the 2X SecureClientGateway on port 80, negotiates with the gateway to establish a session, and start an RDP session with the Terminal Server or VDI Host. However, using this mode the RDP session is tunneled on top of the first connection.
  • The gateway establishes a connection to the server and forwards RDP requests from the client.
  • This connection mode is ideal when the clients lack direct access to physical servers and no special security requirements are needed.

Gateway SSL Mode:

  • In this mode, clients connect to a 2X SecureClientGateway on port 443 (1). Once an SSL tunnel is established, the client and gateway negotiate enough information to establish a secure session
  • The client starts an RDP session with the Terminal Server or VDI Host, the RDP session, port 3389, is tunneled on top on the first connection.
  • This connection mode is optimal when the clients lack direct access to physical servers and high security

 


  • Please make sure that you are running the latest build. To find out what the latest version/build is, kindly visit the following link: http://www.2x.com/downloads/
  • Please note that in order to upgrade, you must have purchased the upgrade insurance, as licenses need to be upgraded in order to work on a later build.
  • To find out what is the version you currently have installed on your ThinClientServer, please open the console and check the currently installed version from the top right of your screen.
  • To find out what is the currently installed version of your 2X Application, please open the console and navigate to help>about.
  • Please kindly note that the issues and resolution presented on this article may be obsolete or no longer helpful with the latest version of your 2X Application. Should you require further assistance, please submit a ticket with Technical Support from the following link: http://2x.helpserve.com/index.php?_m=tickets&_a=submit
  • Please be aware that links related to 3rd parties like Microsoft, may sometimes be replaced or moved by the 3rd party itself.
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