This article from InSource details what to do when using application link in ACP, and you get the error "cannot start initial program" when trying to start Wonderware Windowviewer in Server 2012 RDS.
- Author: Mike Viteri
- Published: 07/28/2015
- Applies to: ACP & Intouch
To fix this issue. Go into your local group policy editor. Start->run->gpedit.msc
Go to Computer Configuration->Administrative Templates->Windows Components->Remote Desktop Services-Remote Desktop Session Host->Connections->allow remote start of unlisted programs
Click on "allow remote start of unlisted programs" this needs to be set to enable.