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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

My First Hate Mail!!

Well, after five years of being an RDS MVP, I was starting to wonder about my credibility. Did anyone really read what I wrote? Did it ever help anyone? Maybe I should just throw in the towel and stop my writing shenanigans....And then it happened: my first hate e-mail!

I will treasure it forever! See below...


From: Scott Mxxxxxxx [mailto:xxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxx.com]
Sent: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 2:00 PM
To: kristin.l.griffin@gmail.com
Subject: RDS tech sites

Kristin,

I have been looking for a solution to an issue at my company but the only things I can find are your self-promoting link and no real solution.

Would you please stop spamming the MS technet sites with your blog address and same WMI permission links?

Thank you,

Scott

Scott Mxxxxxxx
Solutions Engineer

Enterprise Information Systems for
Rehabilitation Service Providers
Direct:  xxx.xxx.xxxx
Support: 
 xxx.xxx.xxxx

Thank you, Scott! You made my day.

Now, just to be clear, I think Scott is a little shaky on what spam is. Any threads I contribute to on TechNet were responses to community questions, written with the sole purpose of helping others. That's what MVPs do. Since people are asking for help, that's not spam.

So what is spam?

Here is one example of "spam": http://www.whatisaspam.com/

This is also spam (so yummy with rice! I know all you islanders know what I am talking about!)



This is a song about spam: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anwy2MPT5RE

Now, if in your internet searches, you find something that is not of use to you,  here is what you can do:

1. Change your search key words
2. Take a break and come back when you have more ideas
3. Follow this pictorial guide:

Cheers,

Kris

PS - It gets better! This guy just won't quit! He sent another email telling me what spam was, and showed me where I had supposedly plopped down some of this spam on the internet:


So, just to point out, this thread is like 4 years old.....hahahahah. And, why would I answer twice with the exact same entry?? The answer is: I would not.  The forum sometimes does this (adds an entry twice or more). We don't know why.  Yay for automation. Maybe Scott can email Microsoft and tell them they are spamming people and to cut it out.  HAHAHAHAHAH

Have a heart, Scott! Please don't email me anymore! (but just in case you do, I have blocked your address).

The rest of you cool RDS community folks, please send your questions.  I am happy to help you, or refer you to someone who might be able to help should I not be able to. 


Friday, March 21, 2014

Review: Devolution’s Remote Desktop Manager Online Enables Global Collaboration

I recently wrote a review of Devolutions Remote Desktop Manager Online product.

I really like this product and have switched to using this tool exclusively for access and credential management. Check out the review!

http://www.rdsgurus.com/reviews/devolutions-remote-desktop-manager-online-enables-global-collaboration/

Monday, January 20, 2014

New Blog - rdsgurus.com

Hi Folks,

I have a new project going now.  Its a blog where some fellow RDS MVPs and I are now blogging together as a collective unit.  I will still post here as well, but check this new one out: http://www.rdsgurus.com/

Hope you like it! We are just getting ramped up now, but I think over time it will become a great resource for the community.

Cheers,

Kris


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Windows Server 2012 RD Web Access - Public Computer / Private Computer Radio Button

I get asked how to do this frequently. By default the RD Web Access website has the "this is a public computer" selected. But some of you want to make the "Private Computer" radio option be the default radio button that is selected.

In 2008 R2 you could do this by going through these steps (as outlined in this RDS Forum thread):

1. On the Web Access server, navigate to the following folder: %windir%\Web\RDWeb\Pages\en-US\

2.     Backup the file logon.aspx to another place.
3.     Right-click the login.aspx file and select Edit, the file will be open with Notepad or other default HTML editor.
4.     Use Find feature to find the following code snippet:
 
<label><input id=”rdoPblc” type=”radio” name=”MachineType” value=”public” class=”rdo” onclick”onClickSecurity()”  checked /></label>
 
and remove the checked from the code:
 
<label><input id=”rdoPblc” type=”radio” name=”MachineType” value=”public” class=”rdo” onclick”onClickSecurity()” /></label>
5.     Use Find feature to find the following code snippet:
 
<label><input id=”rdoPrvt” type=”radio” name=”MachineType” value=”private” class=”rdo” onclick”onClickSecurity()” /></label>
 
and add a checked properties in the label:
 
<label><input id=”rdoPrvt” type=”radio” name=”MachineType” value=”private” class=”rdo” onclick”onClickSecurity()” checked /></label>
6.     Save the change.
 
 
 
To do this for Windows 2012 RD Web Access, the process is different:
 
  1. Open C:\Windows\Web\RDWeb\Pages\renderscripts.js
  2. Remark out this line of code (by placing // in front of it) like this:
// document.getElementById("rdoPblc").checked = true;

Here's the thread with this data.

 

Friday, November 22, 2013

XBOX One OneGuide....no DVR functionality? Makes you useless...

Dear XBOX One OneGuide:

I thought you were going to be SO cool.  I was going to be able to control my DirectTV box using my new XBOX One OneGuide. So I thought.  But so far, I have found no way to control the DVR functionality that I (and the rest of the TV watching universe) relies on to catch up on favorite shows. I can do this using the "XBox, watch TV" command (which is awesome!) but how hard would it have been to put this functionality into the One Guide?

This is another example of something that could have been done SO well, and misses one very crucial feature - if this app was a piece of paper I would crumple it up and play hoops with my trashcan.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Microsoft to introduce Remote Desktop App for iOS, OS X and Android

FINALLY!!!!!

Here is the official word announced from Microsoft:
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/press/2013/oct13/10-07hybridcloudpr.aspx

"Further, with Windows Server 2012 R2 Microsoft is introducing the Microsoft Remote Desktop app, available for download in application stores later this month, to provide easy access to PCs and virtual desktops on a variety of devices and platforms, including Windows, Windows RT, iOS, OS X and Android."


Well, the title sums it up.  And of course lots of excited chatter among the RDS MVP community...

My friend and fellow MVP Freek Berson beat me to the punch for blogging about it. So instead of writing the same details, read his post: http://microsoftplatform.blogspot.com/2013/10/microsoft-to-introduce-remote-desktop.html

And from MVP Michel Roth:

http://www.thincomputing.net/2013/10/08/microsoft-to-release-free-rdp-clients-for-ios-android-and-mac/
 

Available Updates for Remote Desktop Services

These lists are always a big help, so I wanted to draw attention to it. 

And some other good links to have handy: