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 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

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

Deploying A RDSH 2008 R2 Server to a RDS 2012 R2 Environment

For all those with application compatibility issues why not deploy a RDSH 2008R2 server to a RDS 2012 environment. In this article I will show you how to deploy a RDSH 2008R2 server to a RDS 2012/R2 environment. I will be showing you how to deploy IE8 to RDWeb 2012 using Server 2012 R2 and… 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

RDS 2012 – Remote Desktop Services Diagnosis Tool

Microsoft have released a Remote Desktop Services Diagnosis tool to assist with the troubleshooting of issues with RDS configurations. http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=40890#! They have also created a Support Article: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2692470 Summary: The Remote Desktop Services Diagnostic tool enables you to troubleshoot common issues and collect information about the following Remote Desktop Services (RDS) role services in Windows… Read More

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

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

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

Getting Started with Remote Desktop Client on iOS

There is a new TechNet Help content article on the recently released Remote Desktop Client for iOS. Please see the following link: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn473013.aspx for Android please see http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn473007.aspx Summary: “You can use the Microsoft Remote Desktop Client to connect to a remote PC and your work resources from almost anywhere. Experience rich interactivity using a Remote Desktop… 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