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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

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

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

can’t connect to Office 365 by using Powershell

I recently came across this error when trying to connect to Microsoft online. Please see Microsoft’s support article: Article ID: 2494043 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2494043 The cause can be a number of things: The Windows Azure Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell rich client can’t connect to Microsoft Office 365 resources. This is frequently the result of client… Read More

Hints and Tips for configuring KEMP ESP on MS Exchange 2010

I have recently been working on KEMP’s ESP with exchange 2013 and haven’t had the change to work ESP for Exchange 2010 until now. Whist building some labs in preparation for a customer who has a Exchange 2010 environment, I ran into a few issues as a lot of the information out there focuses on exchange 2013 (which is expected). I have collated some… 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

Login Script for Office 365 PowerShell

365 login script to simplify administration ############################################################# You may need to code sign the PowerShell scripts or recreate the scripts on your local machine ############################################################# I finally got fed up with the login process for Office 365 PowerShell, so I have created a set of scripts to simplify login. How it Works: Powershell Script to… 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  

Connect to Office 365 Exchange Online from PowerShell

Please see the new improved way …..>>> https://ryanmangansitblog.wordpress.com/2013/07/05/login-script-for-office-365-powershell/   Just a quick post on how to connect to Office365 Microsoft Exchange online: Download and install PowerShell for office 365 Windows Azure Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell (64-bit version) Windows Azure Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell (32-bit version)  Open Azure PowerShell: $Cred = Get-Credential… Read More

RDS 2012 – RD Licensing Role

Adding RD Licensing Role to RDS Deployment. Right Click on RD Licensing and add server Select the servers you wish to be licensing servers Once you are happy Click Add. Configure Licensing per Device or per Cal : Please see the following link for more information http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/library/cc753650.aspx The PowerShell Way set-rdlicenseconfiguration -LicenseServer RDS1.test.Local -Mode PerUser -ConnectionBroker RDS1.test.Local… Read More

Deploying RD Connection Broker High Availability in Windows Server 2012

Prerequisite Configuration Create a folder on the root directory of the SQL Server (“DB_path”) “if a local path is used” (on the SQL Server). Ensure that all RDS servers are added to the Server pool. Before deploying a RD Connection broker HA configuration, Please see the following post: Troubles with Removing RD Connection Broker High Availability RDCB… Read More

How to assign a RDWorkspace Name in RDS 2012

To change the RD Workspace name you need to run the following PowerShell Cmds. Import RDS PowerShell Module: Import-module RemoteDesktop Set the RDWorkspace name: Set-RDWorkspace -Name “<Name you would like>” Example: Set-RDWorkspace -Name “Ryan Mangan” Check RDWorkspace name: Get-Workspace -ConnectionBroker <Server FQDN>

VMware Host Cluster VM memory balancing script implementation

I recently found a replacement DRS script using PowerCLI from Scott Warren’s Blog http://www.scottwarren.info/2011/03/24/scripting-a-drs-replacement-using-powercli/ I wanted to run this as a daily task to ensure that my standard edition ESX cluster was load balanced. Firstly I needed to create the folders on the Vcenter server to store the scripts and log files. In the root directory C: I created two folders VMware… 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

Deploying System Center 2012 Data Protection Manager

Data Protection Manager 2012 is part of Microsoft System Center 2012 Stack and is designed to help business’s to manage their IT infrastructure. Data Protection Manager is a hybrid data replication and archival product that uses features found in common backup products to provide centralised management for Microsoft-based Servers/End-user workstations. Data Protection Manager Provides disk-to-disk, disk-to-tape, and disk-to-disk-to-cloud data… Read More