How to Shadow a user’s remote desktop session on Windows 2012 R2 server not connected to a domain

This post is about how to shadow a session if the 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 (not connected to domain) […]

How to modify timing of Windows Updates in 2012 / 2012 R2 to control timing of updates and restarts

Issue: Windows Server 2012 or 2012 R2 reboots after installing Windows Updates during inconvenient times that don’t make sense and you would like to modify settings in a more similar way as with Windows Server 2008 R2. Windows 2012 by default restarts 3 days after the installation of Windows Updates instead of 15 minutes which […]

How to set time limit for disconnected sessions Windows Server 2012R2

By default, Remote Desktop Services allows users to disconnect from a remote session without logging off the server and ending the session. When a session is in a disconnected state, running programs are kept active even though the user is no longer actively connected. A disconnected session continues to consume server resources and we recommend […]

Remote Desktop Connection Client for Android

There are Remote Desktop Client apps for a variety of devices.   The Remote Desktop Connection client is automatically built in to Windows PCs but you can download the client app for MACs, iphones, ipads android devices, etc. Below is the link (as of September 4, 2015) for the Microsoft Remote Desktop Client for Android: […]

How to launch a program automatically when logging into Remote Desktop Server

Automatically launching a program or application upon login to a Remote Desktop Session.  See below for methods to use the “start program at login” policy which can be configured per user.  Another method to limit specific programs to a user is via RemoteApp.  We have several other posts regarding RemoteApp and how to set it […]

How to create a Bootable USB to install Windows Server iso image to fix the error BOOTMGR missing

The most recent Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview iso is so large that only some DVDs readers can read it.  Example try loading it on a Dell PowerEdge server.  The iso was greater than 4.7GB and therefore was not burnable on the single layer DVDs we had.  Simply copying the iso to a USB thumb drive will error […]

Extending volume size in Windows 2012 R2 error “the parameter is incorrect”

Recently while expanding the disk size on a Windows Server 2012 R2 VM, we received an error message pop-up saying “the parameter is incorrect”. We noticed that Disk Management was now showing the correct updated disk size but the incorrect original (smaller) size was still showing in windows explorer properties and in server manager. We […]

How do I install WordPress on windows server 2012

How do I install WordPress on windows server 2012. You download and run the Microsoft Web Platform Installer wpilauncher.exe file.  Then click on Applications link on the top of the page and then select WordPress and click the Install button. First download and run the Microsoft Web Platform Installer wpilauncher.exe file. Second select Applications link […]

Help my remote desktop server is capitalizing every other character I type like camel case or a sticky shift key

A client of ours running a Windows 2012 R2 remote desktop, terminal server was having issues where when they typed on their local keyboard it will show up on the server as alternating capital and lowercase letters like this “RiPtIdE hOsTiNg”.  SOLUTION is to change the RDP settings on the client The solution in his […]

Redirection of printers and local drives on hosted RDP server

REDIRECTION OF PRINTERS / HARD DRIVES / CLIPBOARD FROM YOUR LAPTOP OR DESKTOP On client laptop/desktop prior to connecting to server: Local Printing (and redirection of DVD drive, local hard drive, enable copy and paste between client an server, etc.)— When you open the Remote Desktop Connection program on your local laptop/desktop, before pressing “Connect”, click on “Show […]

Using Task Scheduler to schedule recurring automatic reboot of Windows Server 2008R2

Use the steps below to schedule a task which can automatically reboot your Windows 2008 R2 server on a recurring basis.  Please beware that users that are logged on will be kicked off when the server reboots. Go to administrative tools, task scheduler.   Then right click on Task Scheduler and select Create Task Name the task, possibly something […]

Dedicated Server and RDP remote desktop server backup options

Riptide Hosting offers the following backup options for Dedicated servers and Remote Desktop RDP hosted servers. BACKUPS IN OUR VMWARE VM ENVIRONMENT for Virtual Servers VMs VEEAM: In our virtual server environment, we offer and recommend using Veeam backup which provides full server image backup.  The backup can be restored on a different host/server if […]

How to configure Vipre Antivirus firewall settings to allow RDP remote desktop connection

Vipre firewall settings to allow RDP remote desktop connection to your virtual server. You will need to login to the server via a  Console or remote KVM/IP card to install and configure the firewall.  If you install the firewall when you are logged in via a RDP remote desktop connection you will lock yourself out […]

Reducing size of WinSxS directory on Windows Server 2008 R2

UPDATE FOR 2012 R2: The Desktop Experience feature is still required to be installed for Disk Cleanup to be available.  The Desktop Experience feature is listed under “User Interfaces and Infrastructure” when installing the feature – see Microsoft TechNet link here:    Disk Cleanup can then be found on the Tools menu in Server Manager. […]