Installing .net 3.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2

You can follow the steps below to install .net 3.5 on a Windows Server running 2012R2: Insert Windows Server 2012R2 installation media into DVD-rom (Riptide will have to do this for your remote server) Follow instructions on this link and as described below https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn482071.aspx?f=255&MSPPError=-2147217396 Open Server Manager, add Roles and Features Select .NET Framework 3.5 […]

Azure RemoteApp discontinued – use Riptide Hosting as alternative to Azure RemoteApp and Citrix

Azure RemoteApp discontinued – use Riptide Hosting as alternative to Azure RemoteApp and Citrix Microsoft announced this month that it is discontinuing its Azure RemoteApp service and no new purchases will be available after October 1, 2016. Here is a link to their announcement Azure RemoteApp shutting down Riptide Hosting provides Remote Desktop (Terminal Server) […]

Logging off users on Windows Server 2012R2 with Remote Desktop Services

You may want to see which users are logged on to your Windows 2012R2 Server at any given time and may want to logoff a user. Users can be active on a server or in a disconnected session status which means they disconnected from the server but didn’t log off.  Since disconnected sessions continue to […]

Create RDP Shortcuts for users to login to Windows Server

Users can create a shortcut on their desktop to the Remote Desktop Connection Client on their local PC to make it easier to login to their remote server. The shortcut can include customization like enabling printer redirection, enabling clipboard (to copy and paste between the server and local PC), hard drive redirection and more.  You […]

Adjusting Server Manager settings on 2012R2 so it doesn’t automatically start upon login

Adjusting Server Manager settings to it doesn’t automatically start upon login (or turn it back on) For Windows Server 2012R2: You may want to adjust the settings for Server Manager so that the Server Manager window opens automatically (or doesn’t open automatically) when logging into a Windows Server 2012R2 desktop session via RDP. You may […]

VDI, Desktop as a Service (DaaS), Hosted Desktop and Remote Desktop Hosting

Summary – Hosting desktops in the cloud goes by many names and can be setup in several methods depending on your needs.  As you can see below, some setups can be costly from a Microsoft licensing perspective and some setups are better if you wish to share applications among users or alternatively have a completely […]

Hosted Remote Desktop Services RDS on Windows Server – Summary

RDS SUMMARY: We get many questions about Remote Desktop Services on our hosted Windows Servers and below is a summary of many of our blog post, issues and links to helpful solutions and discussions. Most clients that use Remote Desktop Services (RDS) use full “desktop sessions” where each user has their own desktop session to […]

Remote Desktop Connection: An authentication error has occurred. The Local Security Authority cannot be contacted

Fixing login problems with Remote Desktop Services If you have having issues logging into a Windows Server with Remote Desktop Services, below are some things to try.  For example, some users have seen an error like this when trying to login “Remote Desktop Connection: An authentication error has occurred.  The Local Security Authority cannot be […]

Microsoft Licensing – Volume Licensing versus SPLA Licensing costs

We can provide most Microsoft software licensing on a monthly basis through the SPLA program.  These licenses are provided on a monthly basis and are easily provisioned.  In some situations, you can use your own valid Microsoft volume licenses but there are numerous restrictions.  For example, Microsoft Office does not have license mobility rights and […]

RemoteApp RDWeb website hosted on Windows Server 2008R2 does not work with Windows 10 Edge Browser

If you are using the RemoteApp RDWeb Access website feature (RDweb) in Windows Server 2008 R2 and have client/user PCs that have upgraded to Windows 10, read below. This does not apply if you are using full RDP desktop sessions to login and see a desktop which is what many/most people do – i.e. using RDP client […]

Sharing Public User folder in Windows Server 2012 R2

Users often ask if there is way to share documents between users on a remote desktop / terminal server running Windows Server 2012 R2.  There are multiple methods to accomplish this and below is one method to consider: All user (administrators and non-administrators) should have permissions to view the documents in the Public User’s “Public […]

Does your hosting provider offer remote desktop services licensing?

Although hosting providers are generally required to provide the Windows Server operating system license via the SPLA program on hosted servers, very few offer the Remote Desktop Services (previously Terminal Services) user licenses (aka CALs/SALs) to their customers. If you are using the Remote Desktop Services role, you are required to have RDS user licenses […]

RemoteApp and options for MAC users

REMOTEAPP   For remote desktop (terminal server) application hosting where the user is logging into a full desktop session, MAC users should have a good experience and there are Remote Desktop Connection Clients that can be downloaded for MACs, iphone, and ipad. (The Remote Desktop Connection Client is preloaded on all Windows machines and doesn’t […]

How to create group policies in Server 2012R2 that only affect specified users

You can create group policies that affect non-administrators only. This can be useful to keep non administrator users from doing things such as: Power off the server See or access certain files Run or not run certain programs See icons And much more…. Modifying group policies via gpedit.msc will affect all users including the administrator. […]

Issue in Windows 2012 R2 when setting RDP users to change password upon login

We have had issues where RDP users haven’t been able to login on a remote desktop terminal server when the “user much change password at next logon” button has been checked in user properties – see screenshot #1 below. Various comments and posts online indicate that changes in the windows authentication process in recent OS […]