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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

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

Configure RDS 2012 RDWeb for Access via Email (UPN)

How to configure RDS Web Services for Email Login. Make a copy of the RDS web Folder before making any changes. Go to the following folder on your RDweb Server. C:\Windows\Web\RDWeb\Pages\en-US Open the following file with a text editing tool like Notepad ++. You will need to edit lines 19, 27, and 28 so that… 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

RDS Session Deployment Powershell Script for RDS 2012

I recently wrote a PowerShell script to speed up the process of deploying a RDS session deployment and its required infrastructure (connection Broker, Web Access Server, and Session Host). I have also found that when you run RDS PowerShell deployment scripts on the target servers you receive error messages with regards to restarting the server. It… Read More

Useful Group Policies for RDS 2012

I found a useful website which is great for reading up on group policies, please see the following link: http://gpsearch.azurewebsites.net/# Group Policy Website I have listed some recommended group polices that would be useful when configuring RDS. RD Gateway  connection through RD Gateway  RD Gateway server address RD Connection Broker Use RD Connection Broker load… Read More

Configuring RDS 2012 on Windows Azure

This post shows you how to setup RDS 2012 on Windows Azure: please see previous posts for guides on configuring RDS. Deploy RDS VM Ensure  you setup the Virtual Network and Domain controller before deploying the RDS VM. You can ether create a site to site VPN to a on-premise Domain Controller or create a… Read More

Converting a Lazy Zeroed disk to Eagerly

Logon to the ESXI Server where the VM is stored using a product like putty. Ensure the VM is turned off. The following command lists the datastores: “ls” is used to List subregions – used to list out files in  a directory. ls /vmfs/volumes ls /vmfs/volumes/ESX01_Internal1/ ls /vmfs/volumes/ESX01_Internal1/RDS2012/ “vmkfstools -k /vmfs/volumes/ESX01_Internal1/RDS2012/RDS2012.vmdk” Use “vmkfstools -k”  to convert a… Read More

Enable 3D Support checkbox greyed out for Windows Server 2012

I came across an issue where the Vmware tools on my Server 2012 File server stopped working, after I enabled 3-D acceleration everything worked as normal. Please note this should only be done if the 3D support Icon is grayed out. Enabling Accelerated 3-D for a Virtual Machine: To enable a virtual machine for accelerated 3-D Add the… Read More

Data Deduplication in Windows Server 2012

Server 2012 Deduplication Feature Data is growing at a rapid rate and IT Departments have constant challenges to meet storage requirements. Server 2012 introduces a basic Data Deduplication feature which reduces disk sizes using deduplication. Potential Storage savings File Type Content Space Savings User documents Documents, photos, music, videos 30-50% Deployment shares Software binaries, cab files, symbols files 70-80% General… Read More