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 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

Hyper-V Replica Essentials by – Vangel Krstevski

I have just finished reviewing the book Hyper-V Replica Essentials by Vangel Krstevski   Hyper-V Replica Essentials is a excellent beginners Step-by-Step guide on how to configure Hyper-V Replica in various deployment scenarios. I would of liked to see more information on Authenticating With a Self-signed certificate as this would have interested me as a… 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

KEMP LoadMaster in Windows Azure

KEMP’s VLM for AZURE Exciting times for KEMP Technologies as they have recently released a new Virtual LoadMaster for Windows Azure. This brings new Load Balancing features to Windows Azure. You can request a copy from KEMP’s Website:  http://kemptechnologies.com/load-balancer-for-azure The current Version is free and comes with free email support. Windows Azure’s Load Balancing features only offers round… Read More

Whats new in RDS 2012 R2

Its been a while since my last Remote Desktop Post so i thought it would be good to mention some of the new features coming with RDS 2012 R2. Reductions in Storage and Network Bandwidth: Microsoft have focused on reducing Storage and network costs for desktop deployments. Data Deduplication has been introduced to VDI (personal… Read More

Cloning a Domain Controller Server 2012: Hyper-V

Ensure the domain controller is placed in the Clonable Domain Controllers Security Group Creating the Allowable Applications List: get-addccloningExcludedApplicationList Generate a exception xml: Get-ADDCCloningExcludedApplicationList -GenerateXml Creating the Clone Configuration File: New-ADDCCloneConfigFile -Static -IPv4Address <newipaddress> -IPv4DefaultGateway <ip address> -IPv4SubnetMask <Subnetmask> -IPv4DNSResolver <DNS IP> <Second DNS IP> – CloneComputer Name <domain controller name> -SiteName <site Name> You… Read More