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

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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

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

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

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

Publish RDS 2008R2 Desktop on RDS 2012

This post will show you how to publish a 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Session in Remote Desktop Services 2012 (R2). For information on Deploying a RDSH 2008R2 Server in a Server 2012 environment (Click Here) Publishing a Remote Desktop Session 2008R2 To enable the Desktop Session, you will need to change the RDP Settings located… Read More

Publish Remote Desktop Session in a Remote App Session Collection

Remote Desktop Services 2012 allows you to publish two types of Session collection on a Remote Desktop Session Host. This can be either a Remote Desktop Session Collection or a Remote App Session Collection. By default you cannot have both types on the Same Session Host. In this post I am going to show you… Read More

Migrate Remote Desktop Services 2012 to Windows Server 2012 R2

Microsoft have released a guide on migrating from Server 2012 to Server 2012 R2 http://technet.microsoft.com/library/dn479239.aspx The article provides detailed information on migrating the following Remote Desktop Services 2012 role services. RD Connection Broker RD Virtualization Host RD Session Host RD Web Access RD Licensing RD Gateway

RemoteFX H.264 Codec Improvements in Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2

RemoteFX H.264 Codec Improvements in Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 RemoteFX H.264 Codec Improvements in Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 The Remote Desktop Team have extended the use of AVC/H.264 in RDP 8.1 to deliver a great remoting experience to resource constrained devices. Summary  “Ayesha Mascarenhas, a Program Manager on the Remote… Read More

Deploy VDI Pools Faster in Server 2012 R2

By default RDS Virtual Desktop deployments are set to create/update a single VM per Host at one time. To optimise and improve deployment times you can use the following PowerShell Command to increase the number of VM’s being created/updated at one time per host. Set-RDVirtualDesktopConcurrency In Server 2012 you could only set the maximum number of 5 but… Read More

Server 2012 Update – Enables Remote Desktop Connection Broker on a Domain Controller

Server 2012 Update – Enables Remote Desktop Connection Broker on a Domain Controller This article describes a servicing stack update that is available for Windows RT, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2012. This update contains the following improvements and fixes the following issues: Improvement 1 Reduces the number of occurrences of the following errors: 80070490… Read More

Windows 8.1 / Windows Server 2012 R2 – VMConnect Enhanced Mode – RDP over VMBUS

Windows 8.1 / Windows Server 2012 R2 – VMConnect Enhanced Mode – RDP over VMBUS Summary from Blake Morrison’s post on TechNet: “I would like to introduce you to an exciting new feature in Windows Server 2012 R2 called VMConnect Enhanced Mode. This feature enables high fidelity RDP sessions to VM guests over the VM… Read More