Tag 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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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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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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Nov 17 2015

Installing Remote Desktop Services (RDS) in Windows Server 2012/R2

In previous versions of Windows, deploying a RDS infrastructure was a little bit difficult, but starting with server 2012/R2 this was simplified a lot. Not only you have a single central console from where you manage all your RDS infrastructure, but you can also install all the RDS roles remotely from this console.

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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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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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