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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Hello everyone,

I've setup a new network with Windows Server 2019 and I'm running a 2019 RDS server.  I am trying to see if there is a way to configure the default user profile so that when a new user logs in to the RDS server, the desktop and icons are setup for them.

Thank you,
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EVENT LOG      System
EVENT TYPE      Error
OPCODE      Info
SOURCE      Microsoft-Windows-TerminalServices-RemoteConnectionManager
EVENT ID      1069
DATE / TIME      xxxxx
MESSAGE      The RD Licensing grace period has expired and Licensing mode for the Remote Desktop Session Host server has not been configured. Licensing mode must be configured for continuous operation

We are getting above error from our windows server 2012 servers. this comes back every 120 days.

in order to troubleshoot, i found my domain controller which is windows server 2008 r2 server as RDS server

where under RDS license manager  i see following on my windows server 2008 DC server

Rd license manager

 Windows server 2008 or windows server 2012 - installed  tls or rds per user CALS  
license program volume license - total it is showing 180

i took help from other experts and they mentioned following :

Local Computer Policy -> Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Remote Desktop Services -> Remote Desktop Session Host -> Licensing
"Use the specified RD license servers" = myservername

"Set the Remote Desktop licensing mode" = Per User

some experts are mentioning Problem is, DC is the RD License server which CANNOT HOLD THE 2012R2 RDP licenses.

Transfer RD License Server to the 2012 R2 server, which can hold both the older 2008 AND 2012 R2 RDS licenses.

some are mentioning : Volume Licensing has …
I have a remote site that is connected to our main site using a WAN between two Cisco routers. The Cisco GRE tunnel is up and stable.
At the remote site I have a mix of Windows 7 and Linux PCs on a single 192.168.37.x subnet with mask The gateway is

At my central site I have two RDS servers on a single subnet. The servers IPs are and with subnet mask I use EIGRP and RIP across both subnets and the route tables in the routers are good. The gateway is

At the remote site all of the Windows 7 PCs can remote access both servers using mstsc.exe.
At the remote site only some Linux PCs can access both servers using rdesktop/ping.

I have three out of five Linux PCs at the remote site that can only access the server with IP address They cannot reach the server address using rdesktop or even ping. The server firewalls are the same. The Linux installations are identical, having been cloned from the same image.  This was working until about a week ago.  Now these three machines can only see the one server. There are no ACLs on the Cisco routers that would cause this. There are no firewall settings on the Linux boxes that I can see.  I have numerous Linux PCs on the central site - all can see both servers. If I try reaching the remote PCs from the ~246 server, only the two that can reach it can be pinged or accessed using VNC. The Linux PCs that cannot see …
we are getting below error every 120 days

EVENT #      266123
EVENT LOG      System
EVENT TYPE      Error
OPCODE      Info
SOURCE      Microsoft-Windows-TerminalServices-RemoteConnectionManager
EVENT ID      1069
DATE / TIME      xxxxx
MESSAGE      The RD Licensing grace period has expired and Licensing mode for the Remote Desktop Session Host server has not been configured. Licensing mode must be configured for continuous operation

We have our domain controller as  our RDS License server and this  error is being generated from other member servers in our domain

1)  i am not seeing on any other member server having  any RDS  configured  so how they are contacting DC to get the  RDP license. there is no rd connection broker service installed.

when we delete the grace period key every 120 days, I think it is called timebomb key  then it gets its license and evrything works fine??

2) the solution i believe is  Local Computer Policy -> Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Remote Desktop Services -> Remote Desktop Session Host -> Licensing
"Use the specified RD license servers" = myservername

"Set the Remote Desktop licensing mode" = Per User


In Server Manager -- Remote Desktop Services -- Overview -- Deployment Overview -- Tasks -- Edit Deployment Properties. ( but i dont see this on windows server 2008 r2 server which is my DC,

Is there any advanatage if i create another RDP …

I have a windows10 installed laptop at my workplace which I can access remotely. But when I disconnect keeping files opened, system logs me off (after few seconds). I am loosing my work. Please let me know any clue to tackle this issue.

Thank you
I’m looking for a secure way to Remote Desktop from a MacBook to the Linux (Ubuntu) GUI.

Currently, we are using NoMachine, but we are encountering significant problems with crashed Ubuntu sessions, often to the point where someone needs to physically access the hardware to reset it.

I’ve invested using VNC but our security team have concerns about it.

Please don’t suggest SSH :)  We already use this method, but occasionally it’s also important to get access to the Ubuntu GUI.

The tool must be secure, ideally low cost or free, and must be peer to peer (no third party go-between like TeamViewer).

Thank you.
hi, anyone know free application to access pc remotely.last time logmein can do the work but now need to pay
We have a RDS server running Windows Server 2008r2 and it randomly stopped working and I can't think of anything that has otherwise changed which would cause this.

Right now, if anyone tries to RDP into the server, it gives the error before being prompted for a username/password.

So far, I have done the following tests:
 Tested telneting into the RDS server successfully
 Tested remote desktop within the local network with the IP address
 Restarted the server
 Looked through the event logs unsuccessfully to see if any errors are appearing
 Confirmed that the firewall is disabled

Any ideas what it could be?
We have a script that will connect into machines and check for Windows Updates without rebooting them. We know this process works on another computer but on mine, it fails.
Note: I've verified that the WINRM service is running on both their PC and mine, and that my profile is set to public etc.

I get the following error repeatedly:

[TARGETSERVER] Connecting to remote server TARGETSERVER failed with the following error message : The client cannot
connect to the destination specified in the request. Verify that the service on the destination is running and is
accepting requests. Consult the logs and documentation for the WS-Management service running on the destination, most
commonly IIS or WinRM. If the destination is the WinRM service, run the following command on the destination to
analyze and configure the WinRM service: "winrm quickconfig". For more information, see the
about_Remote_Troubleshooting Help topic.
    + CategoryInfo          : OpenError: (TARGETSERVER:String) [], PSRemotingTransportException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : CannotConnect,PSSessionStateBroken
  Checking for and installing available updates
Install-WindowsUpdate : [TARGETSERVER] Connecting to remote server TARGETSERVER failed with the following error
message : The WinRM client cannot process the request.  Default credentials with Negotiate over HTTP can be used only
if the target machine is part of the TrustedHosts list or the Allow implicit credentials for Negotiate option is
Firefox 69 uses way to much RAM on Microsoft RDS Server 2016.

I run a 70 station thin client wyse terminal farm using 4 Microsoft RDS server 2016 servers. This is a test center and I have been using Firefox in a Kiosk mode for years with no problems. Recently I was forced to upgrade from Firefox 62 to 69. Now I have "random" connections using upwards of 5 Gig for thier connection. After 2.5 to 3 gig the students start to complain about lag and any higher RAM than that produces a white screen or a crash.

I have tried the following attempts at resolving this:

1. Because Cache usage was my 1st thought I first tried to change the following Firefox settings:
        a. Browser.session.max total viewers = 1
        b. Browser.cache.memory.max_entry_size = 1280
        c. Browser.sessionhistory.max_entries = 5
        d. After the above did not work I tried - Browser.cache.memory.enable = FALSE

2. To try and squeeze a little more performance out of my RDS Farm servers I did the following (it is a closed environment and this was only to test performance):
        a. Moved the pagefile to a standalone 15K SAS drive dedicated just for the pagefile.
        b. Disabled Windows defender.
        C. Built a brand new stripped down Default Profile
        D. Even changed DEP (windows Data Execution Prevention) to "Windows Services Only".

3. Back to Firefox -
        a. Enabled (checked the check box) "Prevent Accesibility Services"
        b. Under General - …
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I am in depserate need of a management tool kit that can manage my scattered HP thin clients. I know that HP makes a freeware solution called "HP Device Manager", so I installed that on a server but I'm having a horrible time getting it to work for capturing images. It can reboot them, patch them, do lots of stuff, but capturing an image relies on a "repository" setup that tests fine and says it's working, but then every attempt at image capture fails anyway. I have uninstalled and reinstalled it, comfigured it every possible way they mention in their (crappy) documentation, but I'm spending way too much time trying to get the product working. It’s one of those free-but-you’re-on-your-own-for-support types of products so HP doesn’t offer any support, not really, other than their (really bad) documentation ... which I can't even find for version 5.0 .. it appears that they only publish instructions for a previous version, 4.7.

Can anyone offer any suggestions for a third-party tool that can manage HP (T630) thin clients running Windows 10 IoT? Ideally it would be able to manage other brands, as well, but right now if I could just find something that would work for managing my HPs, that would be enough. If it isn't free, that's totally fine, I just can't keep beating my head against the wall with the HP Device Manager, so I really hope that it's not my only option.

Any ideas?
I have been battling with RDP and SSL issues for awhile and need some outside help.

I have a domain with a Remote Desktop Server running Server 2016.
I have an SSL with main,,, and a few others on it.
The windows domain is a .local as it has been carried over for years and was setup by a novice.

This SSL is installed on the RDS server for each of the RDS roles.

When I try to connect to the RD server from a PC on the domain I get "Your computer can't connect to the remote computer because the Remote Desktop Gateway server address requested and the certificate subject name do not match. Contact your network administrator for assistance."

So my question is, is there something I am missing that can get me by without having to rename the domain or is that the only route?
I have a DXZ4 Amulet Hotkey PCOIP Device but im not sure if you can use that to connect to a VM Host directly (PCOIP Technology)? If not what is a great thin client out there that uses RDP to connect to ESXi hosts?
I setup a test RDS environment on 2012 R2. It's configured with a gateway, connection broker, web access, sql server, and two session hosts, configured in high availability - 6 VMs in total.

The one collection is configured for Full Desktops with both session hosts as members. I only want to have one collection.

When I RDP to a server via the, it opens up RDP and connects fine.

However, when I do a "change logon /disable" on the host I was just connected to, the connection broker still thinks logons are enabled and sends my login id to that server, which shows "Remote logins are disabled".

I know I can set the logon state in the collection using Server Manager manually under 'Allow New Connections', but I need to have the CB know the logon state without an admin manually changing the logon state using Server Manager. Or, maybe another way, is to tell the CB the logon state.

What I've also found is if I have both servers with logons enabled in the Collection (both showing True for 'Allow New Connections') and by using 'change logon /enable', then if I disable logons in the collection, the CB *still* keeps sending me to the server I just disabled logons on.
This is an odd issue I can't figure out.  I have several remote users who log in to our network through a Sonicwall using NetExtender then into our Terminal Server through Remote Desktop.  They are set up in the Environment tab in Active Directory to start the specific program they need upon login so they are just taken directly to the login for that program (Abila HRMS HR program).

One user (MP) can login just fine and after connecting through Remote Desktop they see the login screen for Abila HRMS. This is where the problem starts.  The user logs in to HRMS and then just sees a blank screen (note: this user is using a laptop).

I had another user (SK) login at her Desktop computer using the other user's credentials and after logging into HRMS, she sees the HRMS program running minimized.  She maximized the program and disconnected from the session leaving the program up and then the other user (MP) was able to login to HRMS and see the program.  But if he logs out and tries to get back in, the same thing happens.  I tested MP's login from a laptop and had the same issue, I just see the blank screen.

Basically the HRMS program is starting minimized and the user MP can't see it as it must be off screen on his laptop (and from the laptop I tested from), but the user SK from her desktop can see the minimized program at the bottom and then maximize.

Is there some sort of setting that would force the program to start maximized for this user?
We manage a law firm's computer network.  The server operating system is Windows Server Essentials 2012 R2.  We installed the new network in 2015, and overall it has worked very well.

One of the senior partners at the firm lives a long distance from the office.  As a result, he relies on the Remote Web Access (Anywhere Access) to work remotely.  His desktop computer has Windows 10 and he uses Google Chrome as his primary web browser.

Until recently, the RWA system has worked very well for him.  Recently, though, he has been unable to connect to Remote Web Access.  Instead his attempt to do through with Chrome results in a timeout error and failure.  Please note that he has used Chrome for this function since 2015 and it has worked consistently and reliably.  Also, he is able to connect to many other web address without problem.

We tested connecting to their Remote Web Access system from our office, using various browsers, computer and operating systems (Windows 10 and 7) and in every case we have connected easily to RWA.  The only time we experienced the timeout error with Chrome was when we incorrectly typed the RWA address.  Once that was fixed, everything worked perfectly.

Given this background and recent problem, does anyone have any ideas how we can fix this?  Thanks very much for your help.
Could someone explain to me the difference between Anywhere Access and a VPN with Remote Desktop on Windows Server 2016 Essentials?  I am in the throes of setting up remote access and have to figure out how to set this stuff up.  Any advice on how to proceed would be appreciated.
We set up a new RDS server that should pick up our licenses from the existing RDS2016 server.
The existing server licenses are all current.  It has been placed in the correct groups in the domain and all looks good.
The new server is not configured as a license server. Under deployment, the server is set to look at the other server to pick up its licenses.  The server does not seem to do this and is using its own grace period licenses.

When you enter the license diags the server tells me there are no licenses available for the session host server.

How do I go about getting the new server to pick up the licenses correctly?
I currently have a site where we had originally purchased a 3-2-1 (3 servers – 2 ISCIS – 1 SAN) solution back in 2012. The SAN was upgraded about 4 years ago, but we are really at a point where we need to do a full refresh. Overall the setup has been good and haven’t had any major complaints from end users.

Due to the single point of failure and latency sometimes incurred during backups, large upgrades to our application server which uses SQL, and RDS use, I was hoping to move away from SAN and use local storage while keeping the HA / vMotion features.

Obviously, VMware’s vSAN came straight to mind even though I knew I’d basically have to purchase all new licensing (Currently Essentials Plus) and vSAN.

We will be replacing all our Windows 2008R2 VMs with Windows 2019 but here is a quick overview of performance:


After the upgrade it be similar to another site and VM count.
Overall we should not have over 12-15 VMs. There will be 1 RDS server which will probably have around 32-64GB of RAM but I usually dedicate a host for that VM.

I called my Dell rep and tell them about the refresh and budget I’m trying to stay in for hardware and any VMware licensing and of course they come back with the vxRail solution, Enterprise Plus Licensing, etc, with a price point 3x my budget. I feel like I’m talking to a car salesman looking to see how much they can get out of me and…
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Hello.  I'm setting up a new environment and RDS service got installed on a Windows 2016 server.  They need to be removed however; this is not working.  I've tried to remove from the GUI on the server, I've also tried via powershell to remove each feature under the Role and the role itself.  In Powershell, each feature and role service was removed 'successfully' and the system requires a reboot.  So reboot - then I see that RDS fails agian to find the license server and all the RDS components are still installed.

How do I get rid of RDS for good on this box?

Thanks in advace.
Bear with me, I am a noob on AWS.  I am wanting to properly secure an RDS instance by following the best practices and putting it on a subnet group that does not have a gateway to the internet.  The methods described to manage the instance involve using a webserver in a subnet that does have a gateway to create an SSH tunnel to it. All well and good until the design is to use S3 as a webserver, and an API to call a Lambda function that actually does something. Not having an EC2 instance running, I am unable to find a way to manage and restore data to the RDS instance once it is placed in the secure subnet.  
As a work around, I have created an ACL that whitelists my office IP for port 1433 and still have the RDS instance attached to the default VPC.
looking for advice on suitable remote access/control software that can be installed on HP thinclient 630, similar to team-viewer etc
its a test environment working with our software vendor in another country, so they need remote access to test software running on thin client
thanks in advance
I am receiving conflicting information from Office 365 directly and a channeled partner so I am hoping some of you may have some insight. The scenario is, we have a client with roughly 40 users on a RDS / Terminal server. We need to install the Office Apps (Word, Excel, Outlook) on the server and publish these out to all users. Then, all users will have an online exchange mailbox that they can tie into the RDS profile they have.

What I have been told so far, is that I can have 1 E3 license for apps to be licensed and all users to have E1 license for the Online Exchange mailbox. So in this scenario it would be 1xE3 @ 20/month, 40xE1 @8/month.

Can anyone clarify if they have experienced this aggravation lol, thank you!
I'm getting error in Outlook 2013. Exchange 2016 CU7

"Changes made to the item were lost due to a reconnect with the server".

All users are using RDS server for accessing outlook. We have 2 RDS servers.

This issue is happening when we are using the FROM address and try to send an email using the shared mailbox email address. So basically the affected users have full access to the shared mailbox with automapping. The issue is not specific to only one user it's affecting all.
Installing o365 on RDS - currently using o365 business licenses and need to install office 365 on rds which is running as a virtual machine.  its been installed using odt > setup.exe /install /configure.xml

XML File below:

<Configuration ID="44dcfaf3-85db-4ef7-ae17-1f61a5777bf3">
  <Add OfficeClientEdition="32" Channel="Broad" ForceUpgrade="TRUE">
    <Product ID="O365BusinessRetail">
      <Language ID="MatchOS" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="Groove" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="Lync" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="OneDrive" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="OneNote" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="Publisher" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="Teams" />
<Display Level="None" AcceptEULA="True" />  
<Property Name="SharedComputerLicensing" Value="1" />
  <Property Name="PinIconsToTaskbar" Value="TRUE" />
  <Property Name="SCLCacheOverride" Value="0" />
  <Property Name="AUTOACTIVATE" Value="0" />
  <Property Name="FORCEAPPSHUTDOWN" Value="FALSE" />
  <Property Name="DeviceBasedLicensing" Value="0" />
  <Updates Enabled="TRUE" />
  <RemoveMSI />
    <User Key="software\microsoft\office\16.0\excel\options" Name="defaultformat" Value="51" Type="REG_DWORD" App="excel16" Id="L_SaveExcelfilesas" />
    <User Key="software\microsoft\office\16.0\powerpoint\options" Name="defaultformat" Value="27" Type="REG_DWORD" App="ppt16" Id="L_SavePowerPointfilesas" />
    <User Key="software\microsoft\office\16.0\word\options" Name="defaultformat" Value="" …

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.