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. 


  1. Too bad for him. I for one have found your posts very useful and used your Terminal Services Res Kit book as my bible on a job a couple of years ago. Keep up the great work!

  2. Thanks Mitch. :) I hope people can understand that we as an MVP group only want to help others with this technology, are not so self absorbed that we would use the forums for such dramatic self advertising. Really silly this guy LOL.

  3. I haven't read your books or posts yet and I'm sure they help many students and junior IT professionals who are planning and working on the initial build rollout, but not very helpful for environments that have been up and running for months or years, so I can understand the guys' frustration. How would a 4 year old thread appear in a search anyway? There are many methods and combinations of keywords in searches, and in my experience it's safe to assume he was probably frustrated at constantly finding dead ends. No one really knows for how long. Also, why, or more specifically how, would content about a "how-to" book exist on a technical forum for those seeking solutions to issues for those environments that have been up and running for a long time? I followed the link above referencing the article and it does give the appearance of unscrupulous self-advertising. (Sorry, had to give my honest opinion.) It's safe to deduce that Microsoft didn't put it there regardless of their automated system creating duplicates. Maybe you were on the wrong site? I can also see how frustrating it would be to see someone mark their own reply as the answer with no alternatives being supplied, nor reference to someone who can help. One last question: Do you know how to get Google Chrome to present icons in RemoteApp? I've found it only works for IE, and anything higher than IE 9 needs to have an http header added in IIS that forces IE9 compatibility.