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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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SysProcs is RDS equivalent of Citrix LogOffCheckSysModules

Now that I’m no longer running Citrix XenApp, I had to research how to tell the Terminal Server service to ignore a process that was stopping a process being killed when the RemoteApp executable had quit. In XenApp you add … 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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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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Server 2012 Remote Desktop Session Host: Installation hangs at Windows Installer Coordinator

You install a product from a .msi, and whilst Windows Installer is running you get an additional progress dialogue: Windows Installer Coordinator Please wait while the application is preparing for the first use. [Cancel] Had this on a 2008 R2 … 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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PowerShell: Remote Desktop Connections and NLA

There seem to be no available cmdlets to change the settings in the Remote Desktop section of the Remote tab in the System Properties dialogue box: Namely to switch between Don’t allow remote connections to this computer and Allow remote connections to … Continue reading

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Windows Server 2012 Remote Desktop Session Host RemoteFX CPU and GPU usage

These post titles are becoming a bit of a mouthful… Anyway, did some testing today to see what the CPU and GPU usage was when playing full screen video. Test server is an HP Z220 workstation with a single Intel … Continue reading

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Server 2012 RemoteFX RDP 8.0 video issues

I’m experimenting with the new video capabilities in Server 2012 provided by RemoteFX and the RDP 8.0 protocol. I have an HP Z220 workstation with a Xeon E3-1245 3.40GHz CPU and an nVidia Quadro 4000 GPU, this is running Windows … Continue reading

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Remote Desktop Connection has stopped working after nVidia driver update

I should point out that the title is slightly misleading due to not having any quotes in it… It should strictly read: “Remote Desktop Connection has stopped working” error when session ends after installing latest nVidia driver update. But I … Continue reading

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