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 local group policies that affect non-administrators only (or even specific users). 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 Hide or Disable control panel items And much more…. Modifying […]

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 […]

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: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.rdc.android&hl=en […]

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 […]