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Microsoft Video: Windows Server 2016

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Join Jeffrey Snover and Matt McSpirit as they discuss the 20 years of Windows Server and the journey through the server eras that led to Windows Server 2016. To view an interactive timeline of Windows Server through the past 20 years go to: http://20yearsofwindowsserver.com From the fine folks at Microsoft.

Remote Desktop Session Hosts and Drain Mode Script

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UPDATE: This script is now included in the free Remote Desktop Commander Lite utility. Click here for more details. Remote Desktop Services admins often have a frequent need to take their Remote Desktop Session Host servers in/out of “Drain Mode.” Drain mode, for the uninitiated, places the RDSH server in a state where it will […]

Does data locality matter? My Perspective on Windows Server 2016 Storage Spaces Direct and RDMA

With the uprise in Hyperconverged technology it is interesting to see how the different vendors in the market has embraced different architectures in their implementation . I’ve previously blogged about how VMware, Microsoft and Nutanix has done this –> http://msandbu.org/storage-warshci-edition/ Now therefore I decided to dig a bit deeper into the way Microsoft has implemented […]

Veeam Backup and Replication 9.5 With Azure and Windows Server 2016 support!

So with the upcoming release of Veeam Backup and Replication 9.5 there are alot of new enhancements announced coming this way! Restore workloads directly to Azure (This is a feature which I’ve blogged about previosly, but has gained alot of enhancements in this build! first of, no need to deploy an appliance in Azure this […]

Using Citrix Cloud with Remote Access to Azure using NetScaler Gateway Services

Citrix has recently announced the public beta of a new cloud feature called NetScaler Gateway services. This feature is a Windows based NetScaler solution which allows remote access to a Citrix environment using the windows server that has the cloud connector component installed. When setting up Citrix Cloud Apps services you need to install a Citrix […]

Windows Server 2012 Shadowing – Delegating Rights To Non-Admins

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UPDATE: This script is now included in the free Remote Desktop Commander Lite utility. Click here for more details. Ahh, nothing like the upheaval of how Windows Server 2012 shadowing works to put more grey in every RDS administrator’s hair. Read this article on my corporate blog if you want to know all the sordid […]

RDP 8 and Challenging Networks – Limitations

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I’ve written a lot on the performance improvements gained by implementing RDP 8 on my RDPSoft corporate blog over the past 2 years. If you migrate to Windows Server 2012, or soon, Windows Server 2016, and set up RDP to use TCP and UDP as its transport protocols, you will solve a significant number of […]

Documenting Microsoft DNS with Microsoft PowerShell V1.00

Carl Webster
After releasing documentation scripts for Microsoft Active Directory and DHCP, I received a lot of requests for a script to document Microsoft DNS. Microsoft makes DNS cmdlets for Windows Server 2012 and higher. I sent out a request for testers and from their requests I added a lot more functionality to my initial script. I […]

Delivering XenDesktop from Microsoft Azure using Azure Resource Manager

Last week, Citrix announced support for Microsoft Azure Resource Manager in XenDesktop. As of now this feature is only available in Citrix Cloud. Because Citrix has the common policy that features comes in Cloud first then on the on-premises deployment. Using Azure Resource manager the setup has been simplified alot!  My lab is quite simple […]

Single Server RDS Deployment With Licensing (Workgroup Friendly)

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One major complaint I hear frequently around standing up a Windows Server 2012 Remote Desktop Services solution is the fact that all of the guides and documentation are centered around a full RDS deployment. E.g. Deploying the Session Hosts, plus Licensing, plus the Connection Broker, plus Web Access, plus the Gateway, and making sure you […]

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