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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:


Monday, June 3, 2013

Article Series - Part 3 - Windows Server 2012: Manage your RDS with RDMS

Here is the 3rd article in our Remote Desktop Service / VDI series that my friend Freek Berson (also an RDS MVP) and I are writing for TechNet Magazine:

Windows Server 2012: Manage your RDS with RDMS

Windows Server 2012: Manage your RDS with RDMS

Summary:
Here we’ll describe the main sections of Remote Desktop Management Services (RDMS) and explore how RDMS categorizes server properties. Then we’ll walk through several examples of how to use RDMS to manage your VDI session-based deployment.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

TechNet Magazine Article: Virtualization: VDI session-based deployment

My friend Freek Berson and I are writing an article series on VDI for TechNet Magazine.  Here is the 2nd article:

Virtualization: VDI session-based deployment - this article walks you through a VDI Standard session-based deployment

Technet Magazine Article - VDI Made Easy

My friend Freek Berson and I are writing an article series on VDI for TechNet Magazine.  Here is the first article:

VDI Made Easy - This is an intro to our series and a walk-through of a VDI Quick Start session-based deployment.