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

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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 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

RDS 2012 Licencing Server – Users cannot connect when licencing is applied

I have recently come across an issue where users cannot connect to a Session Host due to a licensing issue. The following screenshot is presented when users try to connect to the session host. First things first …. I checked the RD Licencing Diagnoser and no errors showed up (everything green), the session host was configured… 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

Microsoft Acquire ITAP from HLW Software

For all those wondering why HLW Software have announced that they will be no longer selling their product ITAP.  The announcement from Microsoft, the launch of a Remote Desktop Client for Mac, iOS, and Android also raises questions. Its clear from all the coverage on this subject and the comments made from one of Microsoft’s… Read More

RDS 2012 – Changing the Connection Broker DNS Alias

I have had a few questions recently around changing the Connection Broker DNS name (alias). This is simple to do and can be achieved by two simple steps:Firstly, you will need to set the active connection broker by going to RDMS, Overview, Deployment Overview, Tasks and set active RD Connection broker. Then you will need… Read More

Microsoft Remote Desktop Client For Mac, Android and iOS

You can now access RDS 2012 on Mac, Android and iOS. Microsoft last week announced  a new RDP client for Mac Android and iOS. The RDP client for Mac and iOS is available for download from the Apple store. Download it now: Mac: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-remote-desktop/id715768417?mt=12&ls=1 iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-remote-desktop/id714464092?mt=8 Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.rdc.android You will also find a brand new… Read More

Load Balance RDS2012 RDWA and RDGW Using Sub Interfaces on KEMP’s LoadMaster

For all those who have separate Remote Desktop Web Farms and Gateway Farms, why not use KEMP‘s LoadMaster to load balance both services over a single Virtual Service (IP Address). This can be easily achieved by using Sub interfaces. Some important info before we start, Before Server 2012, the RD Gateway used a single HTTP Channel. Post Server 2012,… Read More

Redirect RDS 2012 Web HTTP Traffic to HTTPS using KEMP’s LoadMaster

Just a quick post to show you how to redirect HTTP (port 80) traffic to HTTPS (port 443) when load balancing RDS 2012 RDWEB. Very simple to configure, click the “Add HTTP Redirector” and your done.

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

RDS 2012 Connection Broker Role not supported on DC

    Anyone who wishes to deploy RDS on the Domain Controller needs to be aware that the Connection Broker role cannot be installed on the DC. Microsoft does not recommend installing RDS Roles on the DC and advises to deploy separate VM’s/Servers. http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winserverTS/thread/f2d16f40-ae75-426b-ba00-0d05c5d48dd7/ http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winserver8gen/thread/593251c4-c8d3-44a6-b71b-c7ad9f919eea