Oct 28 2016

Configuring certificates in 2012/R2 Remote Desktop Services (RDS)

Nowadays, IT security it’s a serious deal, and Remote Desktop Services is no exception especially if there are external clients connecting to the infrastructure. In order to make it easier for those clients to connect, we as administrators have to configure these services as smooth and transparent as possible, and to secure them, we will …

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Oct 17 2016

Creating a 3-Leg Perimeter Network (DMZ) with TMG 2010

You’ve been thinking on moving some internal services more closely to the internet to provide a better experience for your users, and you’ve heard that by creating a Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) will help you accomplish that, with security in place. Creating forests and domains that will be exposed to the internet might be another reason …

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Sep 27 2016

Creating Active Directory Forest Trusts

Most companies nowadays have, or they prepare having multiple Active Directory forests in their environment, and as you know, forests are a completely different entity compared to an additional domain or tree. One forest does not trust another one, and can’t share information with another forest, unless a trust is created between the two. Usually …

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Sep 07 2016

How to reset forgotten Active Directory Domain Administrator password

It happens. Not so often, but it happens when you just can’t remember your domain/enterprise administrator password anymore. This is a big deal since you are the Active Directory God. Just imagine not being able to log in to your domain controllers for a day and you get my point. And since everything nowadays is …

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Sep 01 2016

Upgrading from VCSA 5.x to VCSA 6.0 with an Embedded Platform Service Controller (PSC)

Since version 6 of the VMware vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA) has performance improvements, stability and new features, your management or design team decided it’s time to upgrade your existing vCenter server infrastructure running on version 5.x. I call this upgrade since VMware calls it the same, but it’s actually a migration. You are basically deploying …

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May 13 2016

Deploying VDI using Windows Server 2012/R2

In a previous article I talked about publishing desktops and applications to users by creating RDS Session Collections. In most cases that method works great, but as you know, there are users in the company that need dedicated resources to their virtual desktops, and by using RDS Session Collections we can’t separate those resources since …

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Apr 07 2016

Deploying the VMware vCenter 6.0 Appliance (VCSA) with an Embedded Platform Service Controller (PSC)

Starting with version 6, VMware has completely changed the way we deploy the vCenter server appliance (vCSA). If in older versions we had to use the import template wizard from the vSphere client, now we have a web interface just for that. I can’t say which one is better because it’s kinda the same thing, …

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Feb 11 2016

Creating RDS Session Collections in Windows Server 2012/R2

After we deployed our Remote Desktop Services infrastructure and licenses it, we can start publishing desktop connections and applications to our internal users. I’ve said internal users, because to make the applications and desktops available for users outside the company, we need to deploy at least one RD Gateway server, which I’m going to discuss …

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Jan 15 2016

How to configure Windows Event Log Forwarding

Even if you have a small environment with a few servers here and there, after a while is becoming more and more difficult and time consuming to read the events on all of them. Purchasing a dedicated software solution just doesn’t cut it because of the budget constraints, but you still have to know what …

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Jan 08 2016

Deploy and configure a Windows Server 2012 R2 RD License Server

Most software out there need licensing, and Remote Desktop Services (RDS) is no exception. It is so important that Microsoft created a service just for this. If you are deploying¬†Remote Session Hosts or a VDI infrastructure, and that’s the ability for users to RDP into a server and use it as their personal desktops or …

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