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  • Blog Post: Azure RemoteApp now available in Microsoft Remote Desktop Preview V8.1.6 update for Windows Phone 8.1

    My name is David Bélanger, and I work in the Remote Desktop team. The latest update (v. 8.1.6) for the Microsoft Remote Desktop Preview app for Windows Phone 8.1 brings our first enterprise focused feature by adding support for Azure RemoteApp , a new Azure service available from Microsoft allowing IT...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Europe 2014 Remote Desktop Presentations

    Last week we had the privilege of helping present various topics around Remote Desktop.  If you did not have the opportunity to attend in person, here is the list of sessions presented that are related to Remote Desktop that you can watch from the comfort of your own home or office: Introduction...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Azure RemoteApp: You can now create cloud deployments with your own template image

    My name is Sandeep Patnaik, and I’m a program manager on the Remote Desktop team. When we released the preview of Azure RemoteApp, we had just one goal in mind – deliver the best remote application service for Windows-based applications. Thank you very much for your overwhelming response...
  • Blog Post: Failed logons due to expired passwords: Password change functionality in RD Web Access

    One of the questions that some customers have asked us is “How can users change their expired passwords when connecting to Windows Server 2012 (including R2) and Windows 8/8.1?” As you might already know,  with Network Level Authentication (NLA) enabled in Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Azure RemoteApp Demo

    Hi, my name is Omair Gillani and I’m a program manager on the Remote Desktop team. We are very excited about the overwhelming interest we are receiving for the Azure RemoteApp preview. For those who would like to try the user experience this new service provides, we created a user demo . This trial provides...
  • Blog Post: RemoteApp improvements in Windows Server 2012 R2

    Hi, I’m David Bélanger, a program manager on the Remote Desktop Virtualization (RDV) team in Windows Server. One of the areas of focus for RemoteApp programs in Windows Server 2012 R2 was improving the user experience by eliminating some of the remaining gaps we had between a RemoteApp and a local app...
  • Blog Post: Everything you ever wanted to know about Microsoft VDI - from TechEd 2012

    Hi, I am Gaurav Daga, Lead Program Manager on the Remote Desktop Virtualization team. I work on RemoteFX, and I attended TechEd last month with a few of my teammates. In June, Dean Paron posted two TechEd overview videos for Remote Desktop Services (RDS) in Windows Server 2012. Today’s blog...
  • Blog Post: New update to the RDS wiki: The Case of the Invisible RemoteApp Programs

    In our previous blog entry on Remote Desktop Services resources for IT Pros , we mentioned that we'd added a new wiki for Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2008 R2 . This wiki has been growing quickly, thanks to the efforts of some of our community. Most recently, we've released a new article...
  • Blog Post: How to restrict users from accessing local drives of an RD Session Host server while using RemoteApp programs

    Hello, my name is Pankaj Pande and I would like to discuss a method that an administrator can use to keep users from storing files in public folders and scattering files randomly throughout a virtual machine pool or Remote Desktop Session Host (RD Session Host) server farm, while using Remote Desktop...
  • Blog Post: The Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services Resource Kit is now available!

    In 2008, I coauthored the Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services Resource Kit with Kristin Griffin, Remote Desktop Services MVP and a moderator on our TechNet Web forum . Since we are slow learners, in 2010 we decided to do it again. With the help of the Remote Desktop Virtualization team and the Remote...
  • Blog Post: Customize RDP settings for Virtual Desktops

    As mentioned in a previous blog from Soo Kuan Teo, we introduced a new MMC snap-in tool called Remote Desktop Connection Manager in Windows Server 2008 R2 for managing the in-box VDI solution from Microsoft. In this blog, I will explain how you can specify various RDP settings for the virtual desktops...
  • Blog Post: RemoteApp for Hyper-V (VDI) Deployment

    This blog is a follow-up to the RemoteApp for Hyper-V blog at http://blogs.msdn.com/rds/archive/2009/12/15/remoteapp-for-hyper-v.aspx . Introduction Similar to RemoteApp, the RemoteApp for Hyper-V feature allows users to access a specific hosted application remotely, as opposed to the entire desktop...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the launch of Remote Desktop Services Script Center to ease management

    Hi everyone. We have published scripts to help simplify Remote Desktop Services management—including Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) management. You can download these scripts from the Remote Desktop Services page on Script Center . Here are some of the Remote Desktop Services management scripts...
  • Blog Post: Whitepaper Release: Application Virtualization 4.5 for Terminal Services

    We are proud to announce the availability of the white paper “Application Virtualization 4.5 for Terminal Services.”  This white paper discusses the benefits, configurations, and considerations when planning a Terminal Services (TS) solution with Microsoft Application Virtualization for TS (App...
  • Blog Post: Remote Desktop Connection 7 for Windows 7, Windows XP & Windows Vista

    Introduction Now that we have released Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 R2 to manufacturing, we wanted to share our plans to make the Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) 7.0 client available to Windows XP and Windows Vista. RDC 7 will ensure that when connecting to Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008...
  • Blog Post: Windows XP Mode RC Now Available

    Our friends over in Virtual PC have just posted the Windows XP Mode release candidate. This provides the ability to run applications that cannot run natively on Windows 7 within a virtualized XP image. (XP Mode utilizes some of the technology in RemoteApp .) More information here ..
  • Blog Post: RemoteApp and Desktop Connection System Tray Icon

    Introduction In the past users were unaware that closing their remote application window left the connection active. For example, if a user closed a RemoteApp Outlook window, the general assumption was the connection would also be disconnected, although the Outlook might still be visible on the taskbar...
  • Blog Post: New Step-by-step guides available for Remote Desktop Services

    We are busily writing and publishing Step-by-Step guides to help you explore the new features of Remote Desktop Services included with Windows Server 2008 R2. Below is a list of the guides that are currently available. Please check back often, as we plan on publishing more documentation in the coming...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Remote Desktop Connection Manager

    In Windows 2008 R2, we added a new MMC snap-in called Remote Desktop Connection Manager (SBMGR.msc on the Connection Broker machine). This Remote Desktop Connection Manager UI tool is available on a Remote Desktop Connection Broker server. It allows the administrator to easily configure and organize...
  • Blog Post: Introducing RemoteApp User Assignment

    We’re pleased to announce a new feature in Windows Server 2008 R2: RemoteApp User Assignment. The RemoteApp User Assignment feature gives administrators the ability to show a customized list of RemoteApp programs specific to the logged-on user in RD Web Access and RemoteApp and Desktop Connections. This...
  • Blog Post: Introducing RemoteApp and Desktop Connections

    Since the debut of RemoteApp in Windows Server 2008, Windows users have been able to enjoy remote applications with the same look and feel as local applications. RemoteApp and Desktop Connections is a new feature in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 that builds on this by bringing RemoteApp programs...
  • Blog Post: Publishing in Windows Server 2008 R2

    There are a number of ways in which an administrator can publish RemoteApp programs and virtual desktops in Windows Server 2008 R2. The following contains a brief, high-level overview of the publishing options you have, depending on the size of your deployment. Very small deployment, single Remote Desktop...
  • Blog Post: How to make RemoteApp show the application icon when starting

    When you start a remote application using an RDP file, you typically see the following UI while the application is being started: The problem with this UI is that it shows the generic Remote Desktop icon for every application you start. However, by customizing the RDP file, you can change this behavior...
  • Blog Post: Why you should sign RDP files and how to script the signing

    RDP file signing is all about security. When you sign RDP files with trusted certificates, your clients can verify that important settings such as which server to connect to haven’t changed since the creation of the RDP file. This helps protect both the user and the server from potential attacks...
  • Blog Post: How MSIT Uses Terminal Services as a Scalable Remote Access Solution

    The MSIT pilot project of Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services was so successful that Microsoft IT went on to test the scalability and performance into the production environment. The environment acts as a SSL-based remote access solution and MSIT was able to create a scalable remote access solution...
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