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

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

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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

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

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

RDS 2012 Security Hardening Guide

I recently came across the server 2012 Secuity guide apart of the “Secuirty Compliance Manager” which covers the Secuity Hardening of RDS 2012. This document provides the best practices when securing server 2012 and RDS 2012. Please see the link below: Windows Server 2012 Security Baseline Microsoft Security Compliance Manager To access the Windows Server 2012 Security Guide,… Read More

RDS 2012 RDSH Certificate deployment script

Over the last couple of months i have been asked a number of questions with regards to certificate warnings relating to the session host server. To simplify the process of deploying/replacing the default RDP certificate on the Session host, i have written a PowerShell Script that takes care of the installation of a trusted certificate.… Read More

RemoteApp POC/LAB RDS 2012 Single Server Deployment Script

I have written a Powershell Script to deploy RDS 2012 Single Server RemoteApp Proof of concept or lab deployment. This script deploys a fully functional/preconfigured RDS deployment for use in a Proof of concept or Lab environment. The script deploys all the roles required for RDS and configures self assigned certificates for all roles. The script… Read More

Load Balancing the RD Connection Brokers with KEMP

This post will show you how to configure the load balancing of RDS 2012 Connection brokers. For the configuration of RD Connection broker high Availability please see the following article (here) Before we get started with the configuration of the KEMP LoadMaster, I have included some information on other load balancing solutions and why its… Read More

Customisation of RDSH 2012 Start Screen

Customising Server 2012 RDSH Metro Start Menu I recently wrote a PowerShell script to create a default start menu for all users accessing RDSH servers. This  provides users with a standardised start menu for all users accessing a Session on a RDSH 2012 server. The script uses the current logged on user’s start menu as a template, so it is… Read More

Remote Connection Profiles in SCCM 2012 R2

One of the new features in System Center Configuration Manager R2 is the ability to create Remote Connection Profiles. What’s a Remote Connection Profile The Remote Desktop Profile feature in SCCM2012 R2 enables your users to remotely connect to Company RDP capable devices that are not connected to the domain or using personal devices that… Read More

RDS 2012 SQL AlwaysOn Considerations

The use of SQL Server 2012 Availability Groups in conjunction with RDS 2012 I  have had a few questions on RDCB HA recently so I have provided some useful information on deployments and best practices when using SQL 2012 AlwaysOn Failover Cluster Instances and AlwaysOn Availability Groups. The RD Connection Broker role is what controls the RDS Deployment… Read More

Shadowing RDS 2012 Sessions

Server 2012 R2 Remote Desktop Services brings a new feature called shadowing, which allows administrators to view sessions. This can be done through the GUI or through the use of Command Line. As you can see from the MSTSC Connection Usage help Window, there are three new commands that we can use for connecting to end user… Read More