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

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

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

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

Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Component Architecture Poster and Hyper-V Mini-Posters

Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Component Architecture Poster and Hyper-V Mini-Posters Microsoft have released a visual reference for understanding key Hyper-V technologies in Windows Server 2012 R2 and focuses on Generation 2 virtual machines, Hyper-V with virtual hard disk sharing, online virtual hard disk resizing, storage quality-of-service, enhanced session mode, live migration, Hyper-V failover clustering, and… Read More

Moodle 2.5 Deployment Guide for Server 2012 R2 using SQL 2012

I have been busy working on a possible way to use ADFS to provide  SSO to Moodle for all those in Education. whist in the process of this, I have created a updated Deployment guide for all those who want to install Moodle on a Windows Platform, whether its on premise or on Windows Azure. Please see the following Link: Moodle… Read More

Create Managed Service Accounts using a Gui

For those who are wanting to create Managed Service Accounts (MSA), I have found a tool from http://www.cjwdev.co.uk that allows you to manage and create MSA’s. http://www.cjwdev.co.uk/Software/MSAGUI/Download.html See TechNet for further information on MSA’s http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd378925(v=ws.10).aspx  

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

Create a RDSH FARM RDS 2012 using DNS Round Robin

Configure DNS for a RDSH Farm Create new A records for the RDSH farm using the session server IP address’s. Configure RD Gateway Manager Create a RD Gateway-Managed computer group for the RDSH. Add each Session server and the Farm FQDN. Create a RAP Policy For the RDSH FARM Connecting to RDSH FARM   When… Read More

Deploying Remote Desktop Gateway RDS 2012

What is a Remote Desktop Gateway A Remote Desktop Gateway Server enables users to connect to remote computers on a corporate network from any external computer. The RD Gateway uses the Remote Desktop Protocol & the HTTPS Protocol to create a secure encrypted connection. A 2012 RD Gateway server uses port 443 (HTTPS), which provides… 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

Powershell ISE missing when conducting an in place upgrade.

I have found that when carry conducting an in place upgrade from Server 2008 R2 to Server 2012, the powershell ISE is not installed. To install this you will need to enter the following cmds. Open Powershell: Import-Module ServerManager Add-WindowsFeature PowerShell-ISE

Changing the Product Key in Server 2012 using PowerShell

I have come across a useful set of cmd’s for when you need to change the Product Key in server 2012. When I went to active my new file server,  I ran into an issue when trying to activate with the Product  KMS key. Server 2012’s system properties do not allow you to change the Product key. To… Read More

In place windows server 2012 upgrade

As we prepare for the launch of Windows Server 2012, I decided to create a copy of my Primary Domain Controller (PDC) and carry out an in place upgrade. As with Windows Server 2008 R2 you will need to copy the Adprep folder to the C: root Directory and Run the AdPrep cmds. C:adprep>adprep /forestprep C:adprep>adprep /domainprep Ensure that you… Read More