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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 all,

I am looking into alternatives to LogMeIn central. This looks like a great package however the cost per endpoint makes it quite restrictive when trying to stay competitive.
The LogMeIn central package offers the pro active approach of patching servers and endpoints from the central interface ie we can see all of the endpoints and what updates are needed to be installed then schedule these updates for installation.
it also provides the ability to see which user a pc is on within an organisation. ideal for supporting hot desk users & the ability to monitor event logs and provide us with alerts should any services stop.

We have looked into Bomgar, Teamviewer, splashtop. Most of these offer the remote access functionality and some look to offer better remote reactive support inc mobile devices which would be great however it is the patching and monitoring service I also require.

any experience or recommendations?

Thanks in advance
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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,
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.
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?
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
As discussed refer below for the details.
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 …
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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
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, 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.
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?

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
Hi Experts, we are looking to introduce a remote desktop server , RDS 2016 , this will provide ACT and Office ,
their setup is as follows 1 x server 2008 (will upgrade eventually) ,20 users in house and 5-10 users remoteing in.
Their main applications are ACT on premise and office. They currently have hosted exchange but we will move them to office 365 eventually. Some of the users access from Africa and even a hotspot in Africa.
Just wondering what type of HP rack server I should be looking at, ideal Raid configuration, memory ?
thanks in advance.
I have been playing around with one of these Synology NAS devices and am trying to figure out how to configure the device so that I can access the Shared files remotely from a laptop or desktop offsite. I would like to have direct file access like a mapped network location using the "Add Network Location" wizard built into Windows. I mapping using this utility and using: https://(external ip):5501 but am not able to connect. I have 5501 port forwarded to 5001 (which I believe to be the port the Synology device uses.

Has anyone else successfully configured this type of use using this device?
Is there a way to connect to a another server THROUGH a windows jump host, without actually having to RDP to the jump host first, then doing another RDP?

I know there are some tools, etc to do SSH with Linux. I think it's called SSH gateway.

Client--->JUMP HOST----RDP--->Server

Instead of the normal way:
Client--RDP--->FROM JUMP HOST----RDP TO--->Server
Hi All,

Is there any website where we can find the msi files for common applications eg. Chrome / team viewer etc.

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I'm looking at using thin clients outside of my network to connect via VPN.  All of my conventional clients use NetExtender and I'm wondering if it's possible to install and use it from a thin client running on an embedded version of Windows, ie, WES7.  Does anyone know if this is even possible?
i had ASA 5510 and i copied the configs to new ASA 5512 but some changes on the nat. everything works as in the ASA 5510 however my LAN is very unstable. user connection time-out to my LAN SERVERS and even remote users on the remote access vpn also experienced network time out.

please below the changes on the nat. can anyone check if there is a problem on this statement that might cause my network instability
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arp timeout 14400
no arp permit-nonconnected
nat (inside,outside) source static any any destination static NETWORK_OBJ_192.16 8.17.0_25 NETWORK_OBJ_192.168.17.0_25 no-proxy-arp route-lookup
object network asy_server
nat (outside,dmz) static
object network HRIS
nat (outside,inside) static
object network ASY
nat (outside,dmz) static
object network BANKSRM
nat (outside,dmz) static
object network Hris
nat (outside,inside) static service tcp 3040 https
object network Mails
nat (outside,inside) static service tcp 3000 https
object network mails
nat (inside,outside) static service tcp 3000 https
object network ob32-
nat (dmz,vpns) static
object network obj-…
Good Morning Experts,

I have a user in AU who works for us here in Maryland.
She has a laptop that she set up there with windows 10 home.
Is it possible to upgrade her laptop (using logmein) to Windows 10 Pro and join our domain through VPN to properly manage her system?

Myself and my team want to configure a laptop here on our domain and send it over like we have done in the past and never had issues and that is our recommendation but management is not supportive of our recommendation so before I go further, I wanted to just check with others to see if setting it up properly on our domain from Australia is even possible.

Thank you,

Hi guys,

We have a simple RDS infrastructure with 2 connection brokers and 2 session hosts.  This is in a test environment.

Intermittently we see issues with logging into the web page where the username and password is not recognised.

If we close IE and open it again then most times you will be able to login.

Sometimes we can enter password many times and it will maybe eventually log in.

Any ideas anyone?  Not sure if this is an IE or RDS issue.

Many thanks
We are trying to add an Entry Point for our Microsoft DirectAccess setup (currently in MultiSite) but we are getting stuck adding an additional entry point.  We tried to look in the event viewer without much success (or description of what this error is).  Any ideas or suggestions on where to look?

We are utilizing IP-HTTPS.

Thanks in advance.  

Hello experts

I might have the wrong way of thinking but generally ive been lucky enough to have had rd gateway, rd session host and everything on the same box and only needed one of them client sites. For a new site I have an RdGateway / RdWA on one vm and one vm that is our main terminal server connection broker / session host / licensing and the like (Have had it for years and just added the gateway to an existing vm that's web connected where the . When I try to connect through either RdWA or the app with a resource feed it always tries to connect to the gateway box instead of the main terminal server. I though the session host role meant gateway would send everything through to it so im guessing I missed something configuration wise somewhere, or have the wrong way of thinking ? Running 2012 r2 for both vms

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.