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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

Two factor authentication for RDS 2012

I have been asked a few questions recently around RDS 2012 Web services and two factor authentication. The good news is there are products out there which will allow you to add Two factor or One Time Password (OTP) solutions to your RDS environments. So all those high security organisations, yes you can secure and… 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

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