MS Access Services retired in Office 365 and Sharepoint Online – Look at MS Access Hosting with Riptide Hosting

  Microsoft announced earlier this year that  Access-based web apps and Access web databases in Office 365 and SharePoint Online will be shut down by April, 2018.  See link here: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Access-Services-in-SharePoint-Roadmap-497fd86b-e982-43c4-8318-81e6d3e711e8?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US This does not affect Access Desktop databases (.accdb). One alternative you should consider is use of a Windows Remote Desktop Server with Access or Access […]

No Remote Desktop License Servers available

Terminal Server Remote Desktop the remote session was disconnected because there are no remote desktop license servers available to provide a license

The fix we have used for “the remote session was disconnected because there are no remote desktop license servers available to provide a license” on Windows Server 2012 is to have the server look for the IP of the license server and not the server name. For a single Remote Desktop Server which Is NOT […]

How to modify timing of Windows Updates in Windows Server 2016 to control timing of updates and restarts

Our standard template for Windows Server 2016 enables a group policy to automatically download, install and apply (restart if needed) Windows Updates classified as important on a nightly basis around 3am.  You can modify and confirm the setting as shown below. Modify the group policy settings located here. Open Local Group Policy Editor by typing […]

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 […]