Deleting a user profile on Windows Server 2016

Follow this two-step process to delete a user profile in Windows Server 2016 in workgroup mode: Go to advanced system settings (sysdm.cpl), advanced tab, click on settings in the user profiles box (middle of screen), under “profiles stored on this computer” click on the user profile you want to delete and press Delete. Then go […]

Logging off users on Windows Server 2016 with Remote Desktop Services

You may want to see which users are logged on to your Windows 2016 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 […]

How to Shadow a user’s remote desktop session on Windows Server 2016 in workgroup mode

This post is about how to shadow a user session if the Windows Remote Desktop Server is not connected to a domain. If the server is connected to a domain, you can go to server manager, RDS Manager, and right click on current sessions to shadow and connect. When the server is in Workgroup mode […]

Deploy your MS Access Database, MS Access Application online to the cloud with Remote Desktop Services (terminal services)

The quickest and easiest method to move your MS applications/databases online (to the cloud) is to deploy it on a hosted Windows Remote Desktop Server.  We have been providing terminal server (remote desktop) hosting solutions for over 15 years.  Most clients are able to deploy their Access application on a Windows Server with Remote Desktop […]

RDP authentication error due to CredSSP encryption oracle remediation after May 2018 Windows Updates

  If you are getting an error using RDP to connect to a Windows Server and error say “Remote Desktop Connection: An authentication error has occurred.  The function requested is not supported. This could be due to CredSSP encryption oracle remediation”, this is because you are connected from an unpatched client to a patched server […]

Adjusting Server Manager settings on 2016 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) Update: the steps below for modifying auto-start for server manager within the server manager GUI will only affect the user account under which it is being set.  To change the auto-start behavior for all users to not automatically start, […]

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) Update: the steps below for modifying auto-start for server manager within the server manager GUI will only affect the user account under which it is being set.  To change the auto-start behavior for all users to not automatically start, […]

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 […]