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RDS 2012 Deployment and Configuration Guides

I thought it would help to collate all my current RDS posts onto one to make it easier for you tech’s to find things. I will add new links to this post when i publish new articles. Deploying RDS 2012 Single Server – Session Based deployment Deploying RDS 2012 using Standard Deployment Creating a Remote Desktop Session… Read More

VMworld 2017 Europe – Day 3 –General Session 2

A great way to kick off the second day, Keynote number 2, first on stage were Sanjay Poonen, Ray O’Farrell and Pat Gelsinger, in a Q&A Session to address some of the questions submitted following on from the first keynote on Tuesday. The Q&A covered a few key areas around VMware’s strategy and technology, from… Read More

VMworld 2017 Europe – Day 1 – Whats going on

So it begins, the VMworld 2017 Europe event started today preparing for the real fun that starts tomorrow with the General Sessions and all the different breakout sessions. My focus for this year is on End User Computing (EUC), Software Defined Everything (SDE)….. and Security as the last three months of Global security relating events… Read More

Configuring Active Directory for RDS 2012 VDI Collection

Just a quick post to show you how to configure Active Directory for VDI in RDS 2012/R2. So in the demo, I have two servers, the DC which also has RDS installed and the Hyper-V Server named HV01. Before we start, its a good idea to create the Organisational Unit required for the VDI Collection.… Read More

The Battle of Renaming the RDS Server – 10 Steps of Troubleshooting

I have received a number of messages regarding what to do when you want to change the name of a RDS server. In particular the Connection Broker as it removes access to the RDMA when rebooting after a name change. Removing and re-adding session host’s, Gateways and web have no real problem, its a simple… Read More

The Difference between Application Virtualisation & Layering

I have had a few questions recently regarding the benefits of Layering and Application Virtualisation, so I have summarised the basic concept here. The difference between application layering and application virtualisation, is that layering technology uses a virtual disk to form either a VHD or a VMDK. Once the disk has been created, the application… Read More

VMworld 2015 Europe – Day 2/3 roundup

To start the second Day off, I attended the second General Session where Sanjay Poonen recapped on the first days messaging “any application and any device”. VMware is focusing on providing a Digital Workspace with a strong focus on Consumer Simplicity and Enterprise Security. There was a considerable amount of messaging on VMware’s focus around… Read More

vSphere Integrated Containers and Photon Platform – VMworld 2015

A great start to VMworld 2015 Europe today. Lots of big announcements but one I wanted mention was  vSphere Integrated Containers and the new Photon Platform. These two new products will allow companies to build and run applications inside containers. Containers are becoming an increasingly popular technology in the developer world and provide an alternative… Read More

Systech Bring Microsoft To Hull – Windows 10 Event – Fit For Business

Ryan Mangan, is set to co-host a tech talk and networking event focused around using Windows 10 in enterprise applications. The event will take place on Wednesday 23 September at Systech’s headquarters in Brough, East Yorkshire and is set to attract IT professionals from across the UK. Alongside Ryan, the event will be hosted by several… Read More

A world without Microsoft Threat Management Gateway (TMG) using KEMP | Ask the Experts Webinar – July 3rd

I am presenting this Friday “July the 3rd” with a technical deep dive into securing applications with KEMP Technologies Edge Security Pack (ESP). You can Sign up Here: Join Webinar Summary: “Take a deep breath and don’t panic. With mainstream support for Microsoft Threat Management Gateway (TMG) having ended on April 15th, you need to… Read More

Deploying RDS 2012 R2 On a Domain Controller – the Walk through Guide

This blog post will show you how to deploy RDS on a Domain Controller, I have received a lot of messages over the past months on this saying that it’s not possible. Firstly I would personally never recommend deploying RDS on a domain controller as there are a number of security risks and best practices that… Read More

Boomerang – Creating VMware Hybrid Clouds – Product Review

Introduction Migrating Applications to the cloud can be a daunting process. As we move into an ever more IT dependent world, the requirement for agility and elasticity increases. Unitrends are a Hardware and Software Company that provide data protection solutions for physical, virtual and cloud environments. Unitrends has created a product called Boomerang that allows VMware… Read More

Network issues on Centos After Cloning VMware guest

I have recently come across an issue when repurposing Centos VMware clones. After cloning the Virtual Machines, the Virtual Network Card shows as not present.  This is because the VMware guest will keep the IP configuration details of its parent, and even after changing the Static address, the network card is still unavailable. The following Steps will address this problem: Load… Read More

A more detailed view of a Virtual Machine Snapshot Removal – VMware

For all those who want more detailed infromation when removing snapshots from a virtual machine or troubleshooting issues, this post will show you use ESXI’s Shell to gather more information about the snapshot task. You will need to enable shell, and load putty. We will be utilising the vim-cmd as is “Supported in both ESXI 4.x… Read More

The Rising of the Cloud – vCloud Air Review

Introduction The word cloud (also referred to as “the cloud”) is becoming one of the latest Technology buzz words used by both businesses and consumers in this ever changing technology market. So what does the term “cloud” or “the cloud” mean? Cloud services simply refers to a type of internet based computing where different services are delivered to an organisation/consumer’s computers… Read More

Load Balance RDS 2012 R2 – RD Gateway and RDWEB Roles configured on the same Server

This post will show you how to configure both RDWEB and Gateway roles on a KEMP Load Master. Some important info before we start, Before Server 2012, the RD Gateway used a single HTTP Channel. Post Server 2012, the RD Gateway uses two channels (one for Input & one for Output). This means that these channels need to be… Read More