Category Archive: Microsoft RDS/VDI

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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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 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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Jul 21 2013

Deploying Personal Virtual Desktops and Virtual Desktop Pools with Server 2008 R2

If you work in a medium to big environment you know users need to be mobile, and be able to do their job by accessing applications and internal network from multiple devices, not just their office desktops. Maybe some of them are working from home, or you start to have more and more thin clients. …

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May 29 2013

Restrict users from login to Remote Desktop Web Access

If you are working with Remote Desktop Services, and especially with Remote Desktop Web Access, you might know by now that every domain user can log in to that interface, even if that user has no application published. Most of the administrators don’t even care about this, because if the user can’t see an application …

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Dec 08 2012

Building a 2008 R2 RDS Load Balanced Farm with RD Connection Broker

You just installed additional RD Session Host servers, because of the increase of the remote users. But now you have a problem: what if one of those servers fails, or need maintenance ? you will need to inform the users that there is problem with the server, and until is resolved they can connect to …

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Nov 12 2012

How to move/migrate RDS CALs to a New Server

If you need to move your existing RD CALs (Remote Desktop Services Client Access Licenses) to a new server for some reason, either the old one crashes or you just installed a new box and you want to use it as a RD licensing server, well… it could not be more easier with server 2008 …

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Nov 11 2012

How to remove RDS CALs from a RD License Server

There are situations when you want to remove the licenses from the license server. One good example is after you move the licenses to another box, so you can be in compliance with the Microsoft Software Licensing Terms. If you open the RD Licensing Manager you can’t just delete licenses as you want, you need to …

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Sep 23 2012

Activating a 2008 R2 Remote Desktop License Server

You installed the RD Session Host role on one or more servers, and make your users happy, especially those working from distance; you manage to reduce hardware, cooling and storage costs by using multiple sessions on a single server. And as you know you have 120 days, after which a license needs to be installed …

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Aug 15 2012

How to install applications on an 2008 R2 RD Session Host server

To install an application on a RD Session Host server you don’t just double-click the .exe file and follow the wizard. Well…you can, but it’s not the correct way to do it; the server needs to be put in install mode before the application can be installed. If you are installing an application that is …

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