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

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

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

Migrating RDS 2012 Over To Server 2012 R2

This post will show you how to Migrate RDS 2012 to Server 2012 R2 using the in place upgrade method. In this demonstration I will be migrating a Server 2012 RDS server over to 2012 R2. The following roles have been installed on a Server 2012 RTM server: RD Connection Broker RD Web Access RD Session Host… Read More

Failover Cluster Crashes 2012 – A weak event was created and it lives on the wrong object

I keep coming across the following error when deploying Server 2012 failover clusters. “A weak event was created and it lives on the wrong object, there is a very high chance this will fail, please review and make changes on your code to prevent this issue” Microsoft have released a Knowledge base article to resolve… Read More

Enable Disk Counter in Task Manager – Server 2012

By default Disk metrics in Task Manager are not monitored on Server 2012 due to performance implications. Monitoring Disk Metrics is a useful when troubleshooting issues. Task Manager (Default Settings) To enable Task Manager’s Disk Counter: Open PowerShell and use the following cmd DiskPerf To enable DiskPerf  you will need to use the Switch DiskPerf… Read More

Unable to connect to MS’s Management Pack Catalog SCOM2012R2

I have been working on a customer SC Operations Manager 2012 Proof of Concept and ran into a few issues with downloading management packs from the MS Catalogue. To resolve this issue, you will need to go to the following Path: C:\Program Files\Microsoft System Center 2012 R2\Operations Manager\Console\Microsoft.EnterpriseManagement.Monitoring.Console.exe Add the following Lines at the bottom… Read More

Deploying a RDSH Server in a Workgroup – RDS 2012 R2

This Post will show you how to deploy a Remote desktop session server (RDSH) in a workgroup (non Domain). This deployment is Session based and will allow the use of desktop sessions. The down side to having a none domain joined Session host is that you will need to create users on the host and configure… Read More

Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Session Modes

Microsoft have released some updated architecture posters on Hyper-V for server 2012 R2.  This mini poster shows the difference between Basic Session Mode and Enhanced Session Mode. Enhanced mode provides similar capabilities to remote desktop services with out the need of a network connection to the virtual machine. Point to note: the guest operating system… Read More

Microsoft Publish Windows Desktop Hosting Reference

Microsoft have released a reference architecture guide for Windows Azure desktops. see the following link: Click me “Remote Desktop Services Technical Article Summary: This document defines a set of architectural blocks for using Windows Azure Virtual Machines to create multitenant, hosted Windows desktop and application services, referred to in this document as “desktop hosting.” The… Read More

Load Balance AFDS and ADFS Proxy in Windows Azure with KEMP

This article will show you how to load balance ADFS and ADFS proxy servers in Windows Azure using my favourite Load Balancer “KEMP”. KEMP are one of the first vendors to release a layer 7 load balancer on the Windows Azure Platform. You can check out the Azure VLM Specs at http://kemptechnologies.com/uk/load-balancer-for-azure At the time of writing this article:… Read More

Unable to open the miisclient “DirSync” Server 2012

I came across this error when trying to open DirSync’s FIM Sync in Server 2012, the application miiclient is located under: C:\program Files\Windows Azure Active Directory Sync\SYNCBUS\Synchronization\Service\UIShell Change the compatibility setting to Windows 7 and then you should be able to access FIMSync console.    

Deploying Exchange 2010 SP3 on Server 2012

Exchange Server 2010 is now supported on Server 2012. So for current users, yes you can migrate over to Server 2012 and for all those wanting to Exchange 2010 why not deploy Exchange to Server 2012. To install Exchange 2010 SP3, you will need to download Exchange SP3 from the following link: http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/download/details.aspx?id=36768 Then its a simple… Read More