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  • Blog Post: Help! Finding Remote Desktop Services Information Online

    We’d like to ensure you can find the information you need to use Remote Desktop Services, so here’s a quick roundup of the available resources and when they’re appropriate. For a comprehensive view of current white papers, the most recent blog posts, highlighted technical whitepapers...
  • Blog Post: How to troubleshoot Logon Attempt Failed messages when connecting through RD Gateway

    Hi folks, once again hello. Today I would like to discuss a case where I was trying to fix web single sign-on (SSO) externally. SSO was working well internally, but when we were trying to make it work outside the environment (by using Remote Desktop Gateway), it was not working and resulted in continuous...
  • Blog Post: Farewell from Chandra Shekaran and Tad Brockway

    Dear Remote Desktop Services Customers, Partners, Pundits, and Enthusiasts: Now that RemoteFX has shipped, we have each decided to take on other Microsoft challenges outside of Remote Desktop Services. Chandra Shekaran is moving to Bing to be the General Manager of the Search Technology Center – India...
  • Blog Post: Documentation Available for Microsoft RemoteFX

    The RemoteFX documentation team has been hard at work creating topics that you can use to evaluate and deploy Microsoft RemoteFX within your environment. Following is a list of all the RemoteFX documents that were published to coincide with the Windows Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1 release. The...
  • Blog Post: RD Connection Broker plug-in for System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 released!

    We just released an RD Connection Broker plug-in for VMM 2008 R2 that enables dynamic placement of VDI virtual machines for both personal virtual desktops and virtual desktop pools. To determine how this can help your VDI deployment, see Michael Kleef’s write-up: http://blogs.technet.com/b/mkleef/archive...
  • Blog Post: How to resolve the issue “Remote Desktop Disconnected” or “Unable to Connect to Remote Desktop (Terminal Server)”

    One of the recurring issues seen in product support is why a client cannot connect. Specifically, errors such as “Unable to RDP,”  “Remote Desktop Disconnected,” or “Unable to Connect to Remote Desktop (Terminal server)”  are common problems that we have seen come up in product support. This...
  • 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: Configuring Remote Desktop licensing settings on a Remote Desktop Virtualization Host server

    [Step 4 corrected 1/27/2011. Thank you, pdias ] This blog post introduces the Windows PowerShell cmdlets for configuring Remote Desktop licensing settings on a RemoteFX -enabled RD Virtualization Host server in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. Until Windows Server 2008 R2, in a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure...
  • Blog Post: Centralized Licensing Management for Microsoft VDI

    This blog post introduces the new Centralized Licensing Management work, implemented in Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) as a part of the RemoteFX feature, for centrally managing the licensing configuration in a Microsoft Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) deployment. This post assumes that...
  • Blog Post: Wrapping up “version 1” of Microsoft RemoteFX

    Hi, my name is Chandra Shekaran, and I am the general manager for Remote Desktop Virtualization at Microsoft. In January 2008, I blogged about a new acquisition that we had just completed at that time, the acquisition of Calista Technologies . And while we weren’t able to tell you then when Calista...
  • Blog Post: Testing Microsoft RemoteFX – Get the SP1 Release Candidate!

    In March, Microsoft announced RemoteFX and how it enables a rich desktop experience for endpoint devices ranging from traditional PCs to the most lightweight of thin client devices. And in July, we provided testing guidance for RemoteFX using the Service Pack 1 (SP1) Beta – thank you for all your feedback...
  • Blog Post: Remote Desktop Connection Broker Scalability Testing Results

    Summary In our lab tests, we are able to achieve more than 10,000 individual virtual machine (VM) run-time connections over a two-hour period. These tests show the range of scale possible with Remote Desktop Connection Broker (RD Connection Broker). Within the connection process, the overall time...
  • Blog Post: Don’t Fence Me In: VDI, Session Virtualization … or Both?

    Hi, Max Herrmann here again from the Remote Desktop Services team at Microsoft. Lots of news and activity this week at VMworld in San Francisco, including Microsoft’s open letter to VMware customers . Today, I wanted to discuss a question that is important to our large base of session virtualization...
  • Blog Post: Remote Desktop Services Component Architecture Poster now available

    The Remote Desktop Services Component Architecture Poster is available in PDF format on the Microsoft Download Center ( http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=200520 ). This poster provides a visual reference for understanding key Remote Desktop Services technologies in Windows Server 2008 R2. It explains...
  • Blog Post: RD Gateway Capacity Planning in Windows Server 2008 R2 is now available

    The RD Gateway Capacity Planning in Windows Server 2008 R2 is now available on the download center.  This document contains scalability results, testing methodologies, analysis, and guidelines for RD Gateway. It describes the most relevant factors that influence the capacity of a given deployment...
  • Blog Post: Remote Desktop Services Migration Guide is now available

    The Remote Desktop Services Migration Guide is now live on TechNet.  This document provides guidance for migrating the Remote Desktop Services role services in Windows Server® 2008 R2 and for Terminal Services in Windows Server 2008 to Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2008 R2. This migration...
  • Blog Post: Beta testing Microsoft RemoteFX in Service Pack 1

    In March , Microsoft announced RemoteFX and how it enables a rich desktop experience for endpoint devices ranging from traditional PCs to the most lightweight of thin client devices. Customers have since been eager to get their hands on the code. Yesterday, at WPC, we announced that RemoteFX is available...
  • Blog Post: RD Virtualization Host Capacity Planning in Windows Server 2008 R2 is now available

    The RD Virtualization Host Capacity Planning in Windows Server 2008 R2 is now live on the Download Center.  This white paper is intended as a guide for capacity planning of RD Virtualization Host in Windows Server 2008 R2. It describes the most relevant factors that influence the capacity of a given...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the availability of Remote Desktop Services Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007 and BPA update for Windows Server 2008 R2

    Hi everyone, We have two important announcements to make: Availability of the Remote Desktop Services Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007 Availability of the Remote Desktop Services BPA Update for Windows Server 2008 R2 1. RDS Management Pack The Remote Desktop Services Management...
  • Blog Post: Deployment guides for Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2008 R2 and for Terminal Services in Windows Server 2008 are now available.

    The Remote Desktop Services Deployment Guide for Windows Server 2008 R2 is now live on the Download Center and on TechNet .  This guide is intended for use by system administrators and system engineers who are responsible for deploying the role services and features for Remote Desktop Services for...
  • Blog Post: Manage Remote Desktop Licensing by using Windows PowerShell

    [Aug. 2010: Updated instructions for starting PowerShell in the RDS context] In Windows Server® 2008 R2, we introduced the Remote Desktop Services Provider for Windows PowerShell™ . This post gives examples of how you can use this new feature to manage Remote Desktop Licensing (RD Licensing...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft RemoteFX: The problem we are solving …

    My name is Tad Brockway.  I am the Product Unit Manager for the Remote Desktop Virtualization (RDV) Calista (now RemoteFX ) engineering team. We’re located on the Microsoft Silicon Valley campus in Mountain View, California.  I have been passionate about desktop centralization for many years...
  • Blog Post: How to Make a Stateless Image for Virtual Machines in a Virtual Desktop Pool

    A virtual desktop pool is a group of identically configured virtual machines on a Remote Desktop Virtualization Host (RD Virtualization Host) server. All virtual machines in a virtual desktop pool are identically configured; a user should see the same virtual desktop regardless of which virtual machine...
  • Blog Post: Managing lower version licenses from a license server running Windows Server 2008 R2

    Introduction [April, 2010: Updated to clarify CAL types] Many of our customers have multiple versions of Remote Desktop Session Host servers (formerly known as terminal servers), such as Windows 2000 Server, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2, in their environment...
  • 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...
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