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Staying current with Windows Server updates for Remote Desktop Services (RDS)

Hello everyone, I’m David Rankin, a Senior Supportability Escalation Engineer working primarily on Remote Desktop support. Often we get customer enquiries asking which RDS updates are available for a particular Windows Server platform; or when providing support we need to verify if certain hotfixes and servicing rollups are installed on the customers’ servers. To make it easier...

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Improved Remote Desktop Connection Broker Performance with Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Hotfix (KB3091411)

Hi everyone, this is Christian Montoya from the Remote Desktop team. I am writing to let you know of performance improvements we have made to the Remote Desktop (RD) Connection Broker in both Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 4 and Windows Server 2012 R2 (with Hotfix KB3091411). In particular, we have made changes to the...

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Azure Resource Manager Template for RDS Deployment

Today we are happy to announce availability of the Azure Resource Manager Template for Remote Desktop Services (RDS) Deployment based on our Azure Desktop Hosting Deployment Guides. The template location is: http://azure.microsoft.com/documentation/templates/rds-deployment/ The template allows you to easily deploy a basic session-based desktop collection including all the Server role services of a typical RDS deployment:...

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How to Create a (Mostly) Seamless Logon Experience For Your Remote Desktop Services Environment in Windows 2012 R2

Kristin Griffin, RDS MVP, wrote a great article answering one of the most often asked questions from RDS customers, “How do I provide access to my RD Session Host Session Collection(s) with the least amount of pop-up windows / SSL certificate warnings, and requiring the user to enter their credentials only once?” Check out her...

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Large Scale VDI deployment using Hyper-V with Storage Tiers and Data Deduplication

Need some help planning a large scale, highly efficient Personal Desktop deployment that leverages Storage Tiers and Data Deduplication?  If so, our friends on the File Server team published a detailed white paper just for you: Large scale Virtual Desktop Infrastructure deployment using Windows Server 2012 R2 with Storage Tiers and Data Deduplication In addition...

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RD Gateway High Availability with Azure Multi-Factor Authentication

Remote Desktop Services MVPs (Most Valuable Professionals) Freek Berson and Kristin L. Griffin previously posted an excellent step-by-step guide on using Microsoft Azure Multi-Factor Authentication Server to provide two-factor authentication to a Remote Desktop Services deployment. Now, Kristin has published the sequel: Creating a Highly Available Windows 2012 R2 RD Gateway Environment with Azure Multi-Factor...

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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,  RDP connections from users with expired passwords...

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Remote Desktop Gateway custom auth plug-in sample

Hi, I’m Venkat Bodapati, a Software Development Engineer in Test on the Remote Desktop team.  We’ve received a lot of questions regarding the implementation and deployment process of custom authentication and authorization plugins for Remote Desktop (RD) Gateway.  We’re sharing sample source code for a custom authentication and authorization plugin, along with deployment steps that...

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Desktop Experience in Windows Server 2012 R2

Hello everyone! I am Tanmay Bhagwat, a program manager on the Remote Desktop team working on Desktop Experience, RD Session Host, and Windows MultiPoint Server. Desktop Experience is the Windows Server feature that you can use to provide a better desktop experience to end users while delivering desktops through Remote Desktop Services. We last published...

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