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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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I have a client that has their main office in California, one satellite office in D.C., and about a dozen home users in different areas of the country.  They are have a Windows 2012 DC and  Parallels Remote Access Server on Widnows 2012 the DC users login to.  My question is mainly about the two offices. Even though we have very few issues with the Parallels server solution itself they are subject to internet issues on both ends.  One of the suggestions was to use Microsofts Branch Cache server solution though it looks like that is only caching at the client workstation.  Can we utilize a server in DC running Branch Cache so the users themselves are grabbing and using the files locally instead of through the interest pipe?  I am also considering efolders Anchor product.  Any comparisons of the two products would be great.  Thanks,
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Does anyone have experience running Branch Cache.  We are looking at installing  a file sync program like Anchor and are also looking at the Microsoft product.  I know that the 2008 and 2012 versions didn't get outstanding reviews.
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Rigzone Founder Caught Stealing Data

Over the last few months, officials have been piecing together the case against Rigzone founder, David Kent. After selling the Rigzone domain several years ago, Kent used several backdoors he’d implemented to access account information for over 700,000 customers, which he then attempted to sell back to Rigzone. By setting up several dummy accounts, Rigzone staff determined the specific IP address Kent used and apprehend him.

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I know this is a very vague question, but I just started a new job and was told to go through Event Logs of our RDS servers. We have several farms. I am going through the Event Viewer of individual servers, checking for Critical and Error messages, making notes of repeated errors and looking for trends but I am open to suggestions on how I can make this go faster and if there are any obvious or known issues with RDS farms or red flags I should be looking for, please let me know...all suggestions welcome thanks
Beside seeing remote PC task manager to see what is loaded,  is there a way or an apps that can display the programs  that are  loaded in memory of remote computer?
In Server 2016 how do you setup multiple independent simple RD session host servers without a farm?
Hey guys,
Recently this client of ours has been moved to Office 365 and their Exchange 2010 has been decommissioned and then after that their Remote Workspace site was not working.  I did some research and it turns out that I should not have decommissioned the Exchange, but I was able to get the Remote Workspace site up by copying the contents of the Bin folder from another client's old Exchange 2010 who was not decommissioned.  Now the website comes up but when I do the remote desktop from there, I get the general cannot connect message.  I can RDP from the Server to this person's computer and I can RDP from the outside if I specify the public IP address with a certain port number, NAT translation has been setup so that it works, but not from the Remote Workspace.  For now the user has a way to RDP into his computer from the outside by specifying the public IP and then a port number, but he feels more comfortable using the remote workspace.  Any ideas?
I require access to different hosted desktops on the same hosted server.

I have created different rdp files and linked to them using the syntax:

Shortcut 1 - mstsc.exe c:\rdp\user1.rdp

Shortcut 2 - mstsc.exe c:\rdp\user2.rdp

But the last user details appear not the correct ones each time.

What am I doing incorrectly?

PCs are Windows 7, patched up to date.
We have set up Anywhere Access on our 2016 Essentials server, and it is currently working fine, most importantly users are able to connect from outside, to their internal client desktops.
However, we are now approaching the end of the RDS licensing "grace period" and we are getting warnings on the server about RDS licensing.

I have searched without success so far to find definitive answers to the following questions: -
1) Do we need to purchase additional RDS CALs, over and above the Essentials CALs, to continue using Anywhere Access to connect to client desktops? (Not to the server desktop)
2) How exactly should the Remote Desktop Services be configured on the base server? The analyser is saying that a licence server is not assigned, but it does appear to be assigned in the control panel. Of course all services are on the same box in this typical small setup.

The server is not being used as an application server, so we do not need RDS in the way that used to be known as Terminal Services.

The "Set up Anywhere Access" wizard in the Essentials control panel directed us through installing Remote Desktop Services but did not provide guidance on setting it up.

Many thanks for any insights or guidance,

Hello Team,

very weird issue. server with windows 2012  expires its grace period of RDS. now unable rdp that server.

even network registry not working

any suggestion please
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Our Steps as below
Server Info:
Operating System : Windows 216 Std
1. RDWA, RDCB, RDGW, RDLM - Server-A
2. RDSH - Server-B,Server-C
Network Info:
Set up has Two Tiered Firewall - Outer & Inner Perimeter - configured at present in permissible mode - nothing block all allow.
Web Switch for Web Layer
App Switch for App Layer
User Account info:
userA, userB,userC is all domain users
userA is member of local server admin group
RD Gateway is configured with CAP,RAP for session host, user authorization.
Session Host collection created with required application and user account permissions.
We are able to access the application from Web Access only by the administrator user(userA) and launches successfully, whereas for other users we see below error is encountered.
Remote Desktop can't connect to the remote computer for one of these reasons:
1) Remote access to the server is not enabled
2) The remote computer is turned off
3) The remote computer is not available on the network
Make sure the remote computer is turned on and connected to the network, and that remote access is enabled.

The two computers couldn't connect in the amount of time allotted
To isolate direct RDP is successful, we tried connecting to session host directly from the web server it is successful whereas from the published apps it is unsuccessful.
Could you please review …
Hi All,

Trying to get Cisco AnyConnect to perform two stages of authentication with certificates.  The Windows 10 laptop has both User and Machine certs.  The aim is to authenticate both the user and machine by their certs without any user intervention to select which cert to use.

In the AnyConnect profile you can set the certificate selection to "User" or "Machine" or "ALL".  On selecting "ALL" it always selects the user cert first, but doesn't check the machine cert.  Can't see how in the secondary authentication you can choose "Machine Cert" either.

Any pointers will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Wayne
How can I share out an old *.exe application to multiple users in an AD environment who are connected from home via VPN? The requirement is that the execution of *.exe must be from the office network, the *.exe application calls a bunch of databases from other servers in the office and will disconnect if the application runs from the user's computer via VPN.

 I am thinking of setting up a Windows 2012 servers and allow RDP connections for users to run the *.exe on the server from home(via VPN). Are there any other ways?
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So I have just finished at my old job, currently looking to find my next one, however, money is becoming a problem now. I was thinking of taking a few really small freelance jobs to tide me over. Has anyone got advice or experience of doing this?

My biggest concern is remote work, I would not feel comfortable charging someone until the job is done obviously but i would then leave myself open to potential non-payment etc. I was thinking maybe of drawing up a standard contract, which would serve as a disclaimer for some thing beyond my control and also as a legally binding promise to pay on completion. The way i see it, at least i would have some kind of recourse to follow if someone did decide to not pay.
hi experts,

 I have a MacBook pro and I'm trying to logon to another computer using logmein. I log into logmein and see the remote computer and then when I click it keeps wanting to save the logmein exe? I save it and nothing happens.
Hi - I have a 2012 server setup as a Domain with RDS running.  I have a VM on the server which is added to the domain and have given user access to this.  

I have a CA certificate with the subject mail.domainname.com  which is trusted on the RD Gateway Certificates in Connection Broker single sign on/ Publishing/ RD Web Access and RD Gateway.

My RD Gateway has Use these RD Server setting  - Server name mail.domainname.com with Logon method set to Password Auth and a tick in Use RD Gateway credentials.

I have installed the cert on the local Win 7 PC and checked it is in MMC - also checked thumbprint to confirm correct cert.  All ok

Now my Issue -

From my remote PC I can login to RDWeb (https://mail.domainname.com/rdweb - no problems and no certificate issues - and it shows connected to RemoteApp and Desktop Connections in bottom right hand corner.

Now I choose connect to a remote PC -

Type in PC Name  and choose connect -
I then get the windows security popup with Enter your Credentials - domainname\username and password

Input and click ok - and it says starting initiating remote session

Then - A box pos up saying - Your computer cant connect to the remote computer because the Remote Desktop Gateway server address in unreachable or incorrect.  Type a valid Remote Desktop Gateway server address.

ok - so looking at my Remote desktop Connection it says the Gateway server is svr-servername.domainname.com  - which is the FQDN of the server.

So …
Hello experts
I have fas3210 and trying to get boot menu and no luck unless I am doing something wrong.  I connected to sp port via telnet then system console then reboot

System reboots then goes to loader.
I typed bye
Then option comes to enter ctrl and c.
It does not get me the menu.
Hello, I'm a new employee taking over development efforts at my company. Currently we're trying to update our live site with minor changes. GitHub repo has been changed, I've made my way to the system that needs updating. However now 'm having issues gaining root access to the machine. It is possible with DigitalOcean to reset root password, however the machine has ssh restricted to key access only. I'm not sure where to go from here due to inexperience, so any help will be appreciated.
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I've installed the latest TightVNC (32bit) on my Dell Win 7 32bit as well as on
another laptop Win 7 64bit.   TightVNC service is started

In both cases, when I tried to launch them, nothing happens.  Windows
Firewall was permitted during installation.

'netstat -ano | find "pid_of_tightvn" '
shows TightVNC processes are listening on Tcp 5800 & 5900
& telnet localhost   5800  or  5900     connects

what did I miss
company i look after just had .arena ransomeware. i have recovered the servers and removed the virus but i cannot get the remote users logged into the RDP server. it connects fine but i the get an error sayng the specified domain controller does not exist or cannot be found.
I have setup RRAS on Server 2012 R2 specifically using L2TP as the primary connection in for remote access.
I also enabled port forwarding on the router to be directed to the server hosting RRAS.

RRAS Setup:
Enabled for IPv4 and using DHCP rather than static address pool
Authentication provider is windows authentication
Accounting provider is windows accounting
Preshared key has been setup

The ports I forwarded are:
L2TP port 1701 UDP
Port 500 UDP
Port 4500 UDP

I also tried TCP/UDP on these ports and still unable to connect.

VPN End User setup:
Setup for L2TP
Requires encryption
Setup to use CHAP and MS-CHAP v2
Also tried using EAP-MSCHAP but no change
Ensured I entered the correct Preshared key for L2TP

Confirmed RRAS is OK as I have been able to get PPTP working without issue.

What am I missing?

I've got a 5545x that I'm configuring for remote access VPN.  I've done a few 5506's but this is my first 5545.

I initially started with AnyConnect. I could get the client connected, but I couldn't get a ping response.  The client statistics showed control data was being exchanged.  Client data was being sent, but not received.

I wiped and reconfigured and got the exact same results.   Then I tried configuring IPSec for the legacy VPN Client because I can always get that to work. :-)

Exact same results.  Client connects fine but no data.  "show cry ipsec sa" shows pkts decap are increasing but pkts encaps are not.  

I figure that I'm just missing something and I've been looking at it for so long that I'm just not seeing it. Hoping someone can look at this and see a typo or a missing statement that I'm missing.

I've stripped out all the non-essentials and sanitized the output.  If I got overzealous with the stripping and cleaning, let me know and I'll repost.



P.S.  I've added a bunch of... junk that I don't usually have while throwing things at this to see if something sticks.

ip local pool RA_VPN_POOL mask
ip local pool AnyConnect_VPN_Pool mask
object network VPN-Nets
object-group network Inside-Networks

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In the past I used this product visionapp and loved it.  It seems its not updated since 2011.
Anyone can recommend another similar product or win10 can do it natively?
SIMS.Net is an education MIS primarily used in secondary schools in the U.K. It's pretty old! I think it was written back in the 90's but it's critical for recording and finding information quickly for students, parents etc

I have a huge Apple MacBook environment and we use Remote Desktop to access SIMs as it's not Mac compatible.

I want to push this out using RDS 2016 RemoteApp. I've read online that I should create a vbsript to mount the network drive that it needs and then run the executable.

Has anyone got any experience setting this up?

Could someone give me solid known working advise on this please?

When this works, our Teachers will no longer have to wait 50 seconds to access sims. Also they currently have to log in to a web access portal which is driving them mad.

Once the SIMs remote app is published and working I have read that it can be placed on an Apple Mac Dock and launched directly from there. This is the end goal.

Much appreciated as always

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.