Remote Access





Remote access may refer to the connection to a data-processing system from a remote location, for example through a virtual private network remote desktop software, terminal emulation, or the activation of features of a business telephone system from outside the business's premises.

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Hi There,

we are using several RDS session, they all work fine with office but one...
each time someone tries signing into office we get a script error ( attached)

as anyone seen this before or can help?

Thanks :DScript error
Setting up a few Remote Desktop Session hosts on Server 2016.  Are there any GPOs that I can use to stop users from saving files to the desktop and seeing the C drive if the server?

Everyone already has a shared drive where everything should be stored and I don't want to do redirected folders if I can avoid it.  Also, can this be done where it only affects users in RDS and not their work station?
Dear Experts,

We have some problems with RDS and default printer settings.
My first thought was the checkbox "Redirected Printers" in the RDP icon.
But even when i disabled this, users get a random printer assigned as their default.
Most of the time its a complete other printer. or the PDF writer.
I tried several group policy settings like.

Do not set default client printer to be default printer in a session

Still it jumps everytime.
Problem is. users need to redirect printers and some users dont need redirected printers.
And they all want their own default printer obviously.

Any suggestions? where to start?

I have a few users with VNC on their desktop.  It creates a shortcut down by the clock (which I always drag down in their profile so it is easy to find).    They have to right click and connect to listening vnc viewer and then type in my address.   Is there a way to create a shortcut on the desktop that does that directly.   Many of my users seem to have difficulty finding the clock down in the bottom right corner of their screen or identifying the small vnc icon or right clicking or typing in the address after I give them the address about 10 times in a row they'll ask where the icon is again.    Everyone is running windows 8.1 or 10.   Most of us are running 6.1 or newer.  I found some commands for vnc4 and 5 that seem like you put in -connect IPAddress after the server executable but it can't connect to IPs when I run it even though if you right click and connect it works.

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I'm attempting to lock down any access to the Internet (via IE 11) on my Windows Server 2008 R2 which I use to host RemoteApps via RDP.  I have everything pretty well locked down now, but user's can still browse (or download files) from the web using the "Ctrl+O" key combination.  Does anyone know how I can turn off this key combination option to help me make my system more secure?
A most recent PCI scan of our ASA firewall has revealed multiple deficiencies. We use the firewall for remote access VPN connections using Anyconnect, with a minimum TLS level of 1.1.

The issues follow - I would like to know the most efficient way of addressing, using ASDM if possible;

- Weak Encryption Ciphers identified on VPN Device (Weak encryption ciphers, such as DES or 3DES, were identified as supported on this VPN device)
- Block cipher algorithms with block size of 64 bits (like DES and 3DES)
- Weak Diffie-Hellman groups identified on VPN Device (Use Diffie-Hellman Key Exchange Group 5 or higher where possible, or the highest available to the VPN endpoints)

It should be expected that all of our VPN endpoints are fairly current.

Would changing the DH group (from Group 2) to Group 5 and setting the TLS1.1 SSL cipher to MEDIUM (removes DES) accomplish this at little risk to VPN clients?

Current VPN connections (ASDM monitoring) indicate the use of AES256 but if you can suggest a command to provide better insight that would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance!
With Server 2016+Essentials Role, you can log in at and securely access files, etc. and connect to any PCS for which you are granted access. When you initiate an RDP session to a PC, you have to go through a series of dialogs before you connect.

I was hoping to be able to save a .RDP file for a user (to eliminate all the steps), but it looks like it is dynamically created? Not sure. I know I can change the RDP port on the client PC and port forward from the router, but was wondering if my guess is correct about the dynamic RDP connection, or I'm just missing how to save the RDP session for later use.

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When I first started consulting, I was under the impression that I'm being paid to know what I'm doing.  I can't bill for learning on the job.  But it's also important to understand that technology is complex.  You can't know everything.  You CAN understand certain fundamental aspects of how things work.  And using those fundamentals, you'll be able to know and research the problems and resolve them appropriately far faster then most of your clients.

One example I give is attorneys.  Attorneys are paid whether they fix things or not.  And they often have to research case law to determine the best way to proceed with a difficult case.  They are paid not to know everything, but to know where to look.

Technology is really the same thing.  You often have clients who complain, "You charged me $150 to walk in and push a button" - yet if it was as easy as they think, they would have known which button to push and would have never called!

Further more, the clients need to understand that a consultant isn't just keeping 100% of the fees they make nor are they making $1000+ per day.  Read my article on what an IT consultant should charge to understand this! (old but the concepts really don't change).
File Explorer > Thumbnail preview is not loading image files for local or network folders for RDP users server 2016, domain admin profile is working.
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I came across the following article
We have a very large deployment of VDI VMware Horizon and we use AutoConnect Location-based Printing for VMware View.
We do use XenApp platinum and we are considering to consolidate with Citrix XenDesktop Platinum and consolidate replacing VMware Horizon.

The AutoConnect Location-based Printing for VMware View group policy setting is a name translation table. You use each row in the table to identify a specific printer and define a set of translation rules for that printer. The translation rules determine whether the printer is mapped to the VMware View desktop for a particular client.

When a user connects to a VMware View desktop, View Manager compares the client system to the translation rules associated with each printer in the table. If the client system meets all of the translation rules set for a printer, or if a printer has no associated translation rules, View Manager maps the printer to the VMware View desktop during the user’s session.

With XenDesktop is there a similar feature to accomplish the same or similar functionality?
I recently decided to start fresh with my Remote Desktop Services setup since the old one is running Windows Server 2008. I purchased Server 2016, and recently installed it. Not an upgrade, just a fresh install.

I connected it to my domain, but it is JUST a member server, not a DC. So Microsoft's warnings about domain controllers do not apply to me.

It is currently not in any OU's that I created.

But still, the Remote Desktop Management (RDMS) service won't start. I cannot configure licensing because it needs a deployment, but I cannot make a deployment because the RDMS service won't start. I cannot do anything really, because the RDS panel in Server Manager won't load, neither will most PowerShell commands for RDS.

In the Services panel, it just states that it starts and stops. It is running on Network Service, and if I change it to ANYTHING else, it gives the error about the account being different from the account specified for other services running in the same process.

I have searched up the error and found very little.

The new setup is has not been deployed or publicized yet, but I would like to have it ready as soon as possible, as this business was not in my agenda.
I'm looking to implement the Always on VPN within my brand new Server 2016 AD network.

We can do this using Team Viewer.

How much will you charge me helping me do this?
Change in behaviour of remote desktop login (RDP) with Google Chrome.
In the last couple of weeks my remote login from home computer to work has changed with Google Chrome browser (but not Firefox or Microsoft Edge).
The new behaviour is:  instead of opening a separate RDP application it opens a remote session in a Chrome browser window itself   .
This is annoying as multiple steps are then needed to get the browser to show the remote desktop in full screen mode.
I'm running Win 10 Pro 64 bit and Google Chrome Version  68.0.3440.106 (Official Build) (64-bit)
I have included images of the RDP session starting and logging in. Previously with Google Chrome (and still with Firefox and Microsoft Edge) a separate RDP task icon appears on the task bar with full-screen capability.
Change Date and Time Format in GPO  -Windows Server 2016

Hi Experts,

Having a customer request to change the date format from M/d/yyyy to d/M/yyyy

i push it through GPO at user preference/ regional settings, but somehow i realize that the GPO didnt replicate over to other members AD.

due to this, i test in my own test lab, somehow, the result is same, it also cant replicate the date format to other AD as well.

thus, i try to manually change the GPO at other AD, from M/d/yyyy to d/M/yyyy, but when i click OK, i open back the setting, it back to default, which is M/d/yyyy

any ideas?

the ultimate goal is want to change the RDP server due to the application restriction, i had tried to manually change the date format to d/M/yyyy, but the RDP users which remoting in, the date format somehow is still M/d/yyyy...

which is pulling my hair off..
Got a PowerShell idea. I'd like to create a gui that will launch either msra.exe or mstc.exe depending on my entry. What I envision is this:

1. I have a field where I type a username
2. Based on that username (I'm guessing it checks with Active Directory) the primary workstation of that user is determined and displayed (maybe last 5 logons makes a user a primary user)
3. There are 2 buttons; "Assist" and "RDC"

Anyone have any leads or willing to produce such a PS script?
I have been trying to set up anywhere access on my server. I am running Windows Server 2012 Standard on 1 server. I have a virtual machine running 2012 Essentials.(Currently using Essentials to access files with all my local computers)  I also have another physical server running WS 2012 Standard w/ Essentials Experience turned on. My goal is to have my server setup for remote apps and remote desktops. I have some basic computer skills, just not very good with the language. I think my biggest problem lies in certificates. I can not get this figured out. It could also be my setup of my servers. right now when I try to setup domain in anywhere access is will not go through.
Error while connectingFrom one day to another after a systeem reboot this server is not accepting RDP connections. The following have been done to try to troubleshoot this issue.
Each time an attempt is made it gives error, please see attachment.
Checked in  Control Panel/System and Security/System/Remote Desktop/Allow checked on.
Tried to RDP connecting using hostname and IP, no results.
Checked internal firewalls and nothing is blocking RDP connections.
Installed all Windows updates, no results.
Uninstalled Windows updates to the date the issue started, no results.
Server has been rebooted several times, before, during and after updates, no results.

Users get randomly kicked out of RDS sessions on 2016 RDS server. I also find lots of events 10000 and 100001 with source RestartManager in the Application log on the same server, which matches the time the users experience problems. Is it possible that all these events really reflects user sessions being disconnected? And if so, how can I find out what is causing this to happen.

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I need a way of managing management devices remotely or some kind of back door access, for example say if the main server goes offline I can ILO remotely in or have a PC/Server in a DMZ to VPN in then swing across to the LAN to check devices.

I have a couple of server that I ran through the deployment wizard and things are mostly working. I still need to configure sso, ssl, permissions etc. When a different admin logs onto the same server, Server Manager does not show a deployment available. Does each admin need to create a deployment? Something doesn't seem right about that.
I installed RDS on a windows server 2016.  When We tried to rdp to the server we get the following error.

Your Computer can't connect to the remote computer because the Connection Broker couldn't validate the settings specified in your RDP file. Contact your network administrator for assistance.

I'm not sure how to resolve this.
Hello all,

I am looking for a free remote desktop solution for Ubuntu.

My company recently switched from Windows to Ubuntu for desktop computers, but our developers need to remotely connect (with access to the Ubuntu GUI) from their Macbooks.

For a few weeks, we have been experimenting with NoMachine; a wonderful, versatile, and secure application which I fully endorse. Unfortunately, their per-year licensing fees might be cost prohibitive (BTW, it is free for non-commercial use). As part of my due-diligence, I must find a free alternative (like we had when our desktops were on Windows 10).

Our criteria:
- Must be free to use without restrictions (or a significantly lower cost than NoMachine's $44 per user per year)
- Must pass our internal security testing. For one, it can't rely on external servers like Teamviewer.
- Must allow remote access to the Ubuntu desktop GUI from MacOS.
- Must be relatively easy to script and preset by admins for distribution in a standard Ubuntu image.

I've looked at a few options, such as:
  • - xrdp (potential problem: I can't find a recent binary and it seems like a dead project)
  • - VNC (potential problems: there are so many variations. Finding an acceptably secure one is still in the works. Might not allow for a remote session that locks/blanks Ubuntu's (host) physical monitor(s). Might not support dual monitors from host. One example that I'm investigating is x11vnc with RealVNC viewer on the Mac side.
Scenario: Two Server 2016 Standard VMs. One will run AD/File/Print and the other will be an RDS host. Have 20 users that will access services on both servers.
Question: How many Server 2016 Standard CALS-User are needed to be properly licensed?
Amber light is flashing on my Dell 1800 Power Edge server. Can I turn the power off and restart it without causing any problems. My server was working properly until I had to reboot it because my remote access was denied? Also, no windows appears on monitor.

Remote Access





Remote access may refer to the connection to a data-processing system from a remote location, for example through a virtual private network remote desktop software, terminal emulation, or the activation of features of a business telephone system from outside the business's premises.