Category Archives: Remote Desktop

GUI to log off Remote Desktop users by non-admins

I’ve blogged about the issues with the well-intentioned but ill-though-out Remote Desktop Management Server concept in Windows Server 2012 (inc R2) before, trying to come up with workarounds to all the things you used to be able to do easily … Continue reading

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PowerShell script to update RDMS server list

Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2012 is great in many ways, but it has some serious flaws. One of these is the pretty terrible so-called Remote Desktop Management Server concept. This is actually just some functionality built into Server … Continue reading

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Why I’m not deploying Windows desktops using Remote Desktop Services

…even though some of the improvements in the Remote Desktop technology are excellent. Background I’ve been running hundreds of thin client Windows desktops from Citrix for well over ten years, starting with Metaframe 1.8 on Windows NT4 Terminal Server Edition right through … Continue reading

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RDSH 2012 R2: Shadow Users without Connection Broker admin rights

It seems as though the only way to use the PowerShell Get-RDUserSession cmdlet against the Connection Broker is if the user running the command is a member of the  Administrators group on the Connection Broker server. This might be undesirable…! This … Continue reading

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PowerShell: Finding user sessions on RDSH servers

If you’ve been working with Citrix Metaframe/Presentation Server/XenApp and/or Microsoft Terminal Server/Terminal Services/Remote Desktop Session Host for a while you’ll probably be familiar with the command line utility quser (or query user). It returns a tabular output showing details of … Continue reading

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No HTML5 video in IE11 on RDSH 2012 R2

Have had a thread open on TechNet forums about this for a while. Essentially, I use System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) to build VMs that are then made into Remote Desktop Session Host Servers by a combination of PowerShell and … Continue reading

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Basic RDS 2012 R2 Shadowing Console

Whereas older versions of Windows had the tsadmin.exe utility, Server 2012 R2 doesn’t have anything equivalent. Helpdesk staff need a simple, easy to manage and configure console to allow them to shadow Remote Desktop users. Luckily this is pretty easy to achieve … Continue reading

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Internet Explorer 10 not saving cookies when Roaming Profile used

Have just upgraded my Windows Server 2008 R2 XenApp 5.0 servers from IE 9 to IE 10 and noticed that cookies were not working after a logoff. Everything was fine whilst the user was logged on, so cookies were working … Continue reading

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Remote Desktop Connection: Can’t connect

On trying to connect to a Windows Server 2012 Remote Desktop Session Host published desktop I got the following error from my Remote Desktop Client: Remote Desktop Connection This computer can’t connect to the remote computer. Try connecting again. If … Continue reading

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