Tuesday, November 29, 2011

My first article at VirtualizationAdmin.com

Today my first article at VirtualizationAdmin.com was published. You can read the introduction of the article below. Use the link to read the complete article!

Printing in Microsoft RDS environments and how it evolved in todays technology

"...As you might know RDS stands for Remote Desktop Services, previously known as Terminal Services and designed to have multiple user sessions hosted on a single server. Now it is called Session Virtualization. These sessions have grown out to becoming complete local desktop replacements. What activity is one of the most frequent user actions on a desktop? Exactly, printing!
Therefore, whether to allow printing from a session is not the question. The question is how to configure it in the most convenient way from the end-users perspective and easy to maintain from the administrators perspective. In this article, we’ll discuss printing in Microsoft RDS environments, what printing from a remote session was like in the past and how it evolved in today’s technology..."

Read the complete article here:

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Announcing the new TechNet Forum Assistant !

Introducing the TechNet Forum Assistant
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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

NEW: Remote Desktop Services TechNet wiki for Windows Server 2008 R2

The Microsoft RDS product team has been working on the Remote Desktop Services TechNet wiki for Windows Server 2008 R2 and would like to encourage you to use it and contribute information you think would be useful to other people deploying Remote Desktop Services.



Thursday, November 17, 2011

Looking for a specific GPO setting, corresponding registry key or corresponding .admx file?

When you work with Group Policy Objects (GPO’s) regularly, or even better, when you don’t work with GPO’s regularly, the following scenario’s will sound familiar.

- I know this GPO setting exists, I know it had the words “Delegating Saved Credentials” in it but where is that specific policy in the GPO tree?

- I have this GPO setting here, but what is the corresponding registry key?

- I have this GPO setting here, but what is the corresponding .admx file?

- I have this GPO setting here, but is a logoff required
Save yourself some time searching the net and bookmark the following page: (or this blog post J)
It contains several fully searchable Excel sheets, which contain GPO settings with columns like policy setting name, scope, admx file, registry key etc!

These sheets have been around for some time, but I thought it might be useful information to give it some extra attention.

There also is a online variant here: http://gps.cloudapp.net/

The taskbar may not show the application name correctly when using a Terminal Server RemoteApp

A new KB article was released by Microsoft yesterday related to the display of an incorrect name in the taskbar when using a Remote App. The workaround that Microsoft offers however seems a bit disappointing :-). But I’m sure they’ll fix this issue in a upcoming hotfix.

Article ID: 2642873 - Last Review: November 17, 2011 - Revision: 1.0
The taskbar may not show the application name correctly when using a Terminal Server RemoteApp

source: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2642873/en-us?sd=rss&spid=14134

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Resolving "Remote Desktop Disconnected" or "Unable to Connect to Remote Desktop (Terminal Server)"

Solutions for errors such as “Unable to RDP,” “Remote Desktop Disconnected,” or “Unable to Connect to Remote Desktop (Terminal server)” are frequently asked for on TechNet Forums. There are 4 commonly seen Symptoms to this error:
  1. You may be limited in the number of users who can connect simultaneously to a Remote Desktop session or Remote Desktop Services session
  2. You may have a Port assignment conflict
  3. You may have an incorrectly configured Authentication and Encryption setting
  4. You may have a corrupted Certificate
The corresponding KB is:
Article ID: 186645 - Last Review: December 22, 2010 - Revision: 3.0
Troubleshooting RDP Client connection problems

For more details check this blog post by the Remote Desktop Services (Terminal Services) Team: