Monday, April 21, 2014

2012 RDS Without RD Connection Broker

I recently had someone ask about how they could go about setting up a simple 2012 RDS farm but without Rd Connection Broker - they have their own load balancer that they had used with their 2008 R2 deployment and they want to continue to use it.

I personally don't have experience with setting up RDS deployments without RD Connection Broker, but some of you may want the info I found doing a quick search:
And its not much:

Guidelines for installing the Remote Desktop Session Host role service on a computer running 

Windows Server 2012 without the Remote Desktop Connection Broker role service

 I also found this regarding using F5  BIG-IP LTM  with an RDS deployment: 

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 []
Sent: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 2:00 PM
Subject: RDS tech sites


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 Mxxxxxxx
Solutions Engineer

Enterprise Information Systems for
Rehabilitation Service Providers

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":

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:

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:



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.