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 look after a company with a Windows Server 2012 Essentials server and Windows 10 Workstations.

All of a sudden, all but one of the workstations and the server is unavailable via the remote desktop connection.

On the dashboard of the Server, they are also listed as Offline (Except one workstation and server) under devices.

They seem to be working OK otherwise.  They can access files on the server and are using re-directed folders that I believe are working fine too.

I am going on-Site on Wednesday and wondering if anybody has any ideas what the issue may be or where to start looking?

Thanks in advance.
I would like a freeware that's like Teamviewer for auditors to
remotely access a PC to view audit artefacts but disallow
them from downloading/uploading in bulk.  Potentially
they can take screen shots but this is very limited as taking
1 screen at a time is very slow/tedious.

Or can Teamviewer be customized such that the files
transfer (upload/download) function is disabled ie only
remote access
Working through some issues on a Server 2016 Essentials server and noticed that the remote web access portal site (remote, is not accessible internally (on the LAN) but works fine externally. If I ping the site internally from the Server 2016 Essentials server, it replies back with the public IP address of the server. This seems correct and matches what we see on other Server 2016 Essentials servers with Anywhere Access/RWA working internally and externally. Likewise, if we compare DNS settings (Forward Lookup Zones) between working and non-working servers, settings appear to be the same.

Internally, if I enter the public IP in a browser, the page does not resolve. Externally, it does resolve, as does the DNS address -

Running the Anywhere Access repair wizard did not address the issue. It completes successfully, but does not allow us to access the site internally on the same LAN as the server. Doesn't matter if I try from the server itself or a client workstation.

I thinking about setup SCCM for my environment,

I currently have
2x DC’s
1x Exchange
2x RDS Session Hosts
1x WDS
150 users over 4 offices

Will I need to setup CA to use SCCM?

Hi there,

We set up a VM with Windows 10 (build 18363) and for a couple of days it was working just fine and we could RDP to it.  Now whenever we try to RDP to it, we get instantly disconnected and we get an error that says "Because of a protocol error, this session will be disconnected.  Please try connecting to the remote computer again.".  We've restarted the VM and also checked all of the usual RDP settings (firewall, NLA, Users) and they all seem OK.  We even restarted the RDP service, but we cannot connect.  Any help would be greatly appreciated as we want to build a lot of VMs with this new Windows 10 version.

- Christian
Hello Experts,

I need some help in the RDS certificate, I created a self sign certificate to access RDS link https://dc.domain.local/rdweb

I imported the certificate to the Trusted Root Certifications Authorities\Certificates and I can see it there. Any assistance will be appreciated.

Still when I access the RDS URL  I get the message on the web site that this  in the pic attachedRDS cert error
Hi Experts, need to setup Folder redirection in a RDS environment with one RDS server hosting all roles. The RDS server is 2019 and the Domain and Forest Functional level are 2019. Is this a good article to use to setup Folder redirection - 

If not can you make some recommendations? Primarily concerned with redirecting desktop, My documents to a shared location

Dear Experts,

I created the RDS service in my domain controller, I like to change the URL link from Https://domaincontrol.domain.local/rdweb to https://RemoteApp.Domain.local/rdweb using the DNS

Can you please guide me to achieve that.

Thank you
i need to apply RDS licenses create RDS cals  for servers and workstations

can anyone share an article regarding RDS licenses, how  it works and applies to servers and workstations

i need to know overview CALS or any other licenses we apply on servers and workstations

Do we need RD connector broker or session host server?

My SSL certificate for the RDP servers is going to expire on 1st February 2020.

I have bought a new SSL certificate and will it be ok if I apply the new certificate now or do, I need to apply the certificate on 2 of February.

Any suggestion much appreciated.
Need to switch from LogMeIn Central.  What other services are there like LMI? I only need to remote onto machines, I don't need all the other features.
Hi there.  I have a collection of Server 2019 hosts publishing remote apps for our remote users\offices.  Everything is working a little buggy depending on the application.  My main head ache relates to periodic window freezing and minimizing on the client side, where the application sometimes needs to 'wake up' by the users double clicking on or dragging the window.   Client hardware is good (newer Dell i3's on Win10 latest builds, ssd, 8GB ram) and server hardware is solid (Dell Power Edge, dual xeon, ssd, etc), and networking connectivity is fairly robust with low latency.  RemoteFX is configured\enabled on the RDS hosts using the same settings I've leveraged for RDS delivering full desktop sessions with good success.  I've attached some screen shots for reference.  

Question:  Does a dedicated GPU for the publishing servers have any impact on the remote app performance client side?  Most of what I have researched indicates that a GPU is really suited for VDI performance improvements, with no mention of the remote app use case scenarios.   I was thinking about purchasing a GPU to test with, but was concerned if it was a total waste of time.  Heck, I would even test it out if it was a 'maybe it will help' but was hoping there were some more definitive answers out there.  

Thank you!
We have the following scenario
  • A plain vanilla 2012R2 based RDS deployment in which we want to use a RD Gateway (wasn't the case so far)
  • The local domain named domain.local - public domain
  • A vaéid wildcard cert for *
  • Gateway machine is named rdshost.domain.local and session host rdshost.domain.local

We have performed the various setup and everything works fine, except that we have a certificate mismatch because the user connecting is redirected by the gateway to rdshost.domain.local (the name of the machine in the local domain) whereas the cert is for domain.local. And obviously we will never have a CA cert for domain.local

What is the best practice in such circumstances (I guess it is a pretty classic use case) ?
I have a client where we just upgraded from Server 2008 to server 2016. They use remote desktop on this server (and did on the 2008 box.) The screen on the remote clients (which are primarily Puppy linux 6.0.5) was fine on the 2008 box. On the 2016 box, the background is black with the mouse cursor also being black.  They are using rdesktop for the rdp client.

If the user who logs on has admin rights, everything is fine. If they are just a standard user then the screen is black on black.

On another linux box that's built on Linux mint and uses remmina for the desktop client, that's fine as well regardless of whether the user is admin or standard.

I've tried adjusting the group policies without any luck.

Anyone have any ideas on what the problem might be or how to adjust this?

Thanks in advance for the assistance.
A friend of mine recently recommended I get an access point in addition to the router I have.  What access point should I buy?  I have an Apple AirPort acting as my router/access point for about 30 wireless devices in the house.

My plan is to have my router hard wired to my desktop and smart tv, then an access point setup to serve the rest of the devices that use wireless (Nest, Baby monitoring cameras, cell phones, ipads, etc).

When you recommend an access point should I make the Apple AirPort the main router or have the new recommendation be the router and turn the AirPort into the access point?

Thank you.
Can the same 3rd party SSL certificate used in IIS/Exchange 2016 be used for RDS?
I have an older Dell server that I am now responsible for.

The box is a Dell PowerEdge 2950 with a SAS 6/iR

It has two drive configured for RAID-1. One of the virtual drives is degraded. My only options on the tasks for that drive are blink and unblink. I was looking for a way to rebuild this drive. If I check on the Enclosure/physical disks in the openmanage server administrator, the problem drive's state is listed as Foreign with Failure predicted. The client has replaced this drive twice and we get the same notification.

On the alert log for that drive, there is the following description:
SAS port report: SAS wide port 0 lost link on PHY 0.: Controller 0 (SAS 6/iR Intergrated)
that's followed by
SAS port report: SAS wide port 0 restored link on PHY 0.: Controller 0 (SAS 6/iR Intergrated)
After my login to the openmanage server we get
(with a green checkmark)
A foreign configuration has been detected.: Control 0
Virtual disk degraded: Virtual Disk 0
Predictive failure reported: Physical Disk 0:0:0 Controller 0, Connector 0

predictive failure sounds like a failing / failed drive but two new drive in a row? Seems a little strange.

I'm not very versed in Raid controllers. Most times when I have an issue, I've replaced the failing drive, it rebuilt itself and life went on.

Any assistance on how to resolve this for the client would be greatly appreciated.

At this point I only have remote access to the server via RDP. I can get to it onsite if…
As an administrator, is there a way to turn on Remote Access on a remote computer on an internal network?
Office 365 and Work controlled computers.  Have a support call for a Non-Domain server, running Remote Desktop.  Server has no virtual OS either.  They bought new laptops and attempted to connect to their network during the holiday shutdown, but they hired IT students to do the work.  The students setup the computer as Company owned using a newly created Office 365 account with individual users.  I was not part of the Office 365 configuration, so I don't know many details.  They are having trouble mapping network drives because of the MS online account, and the 2019 Server doesn't use online accounts.  I have shown them connecting with different credentials for mapping the drives, but figure a better solution must exist.  The company owned setup changes several items in the administration of the laptop.  Can anyone give me the crash course on MS online accounts in Business?  I am old school and have avoided online accounts in the business environment.
How can I apply multiple RDP Sessions (More than 2) in Windows Server 2019 Standard.
I am having an issues with our Win2012R2 RDS setup where the RD Gateway seems to present an outdated (and since renewed) cert to the end users:
cert oldthe surprising thing is that the deployment itself seems ok
deployNot sure what I am missing (have also checked that all my IIS certs are up to date on those machines, even if ti really seems to be the RDS Gateway cert that is not current.

Any idea ?

We provide a hosted application to our customers and have recently moved away from Citrix to RDS. Since then we have had multiple customers (and I have personally experienced this myself) reporting that when copy-pasting from their local desktop into our application over RDS, the values are intermittently being pasted in twice (using the 'CTRL' + 'V' on the keyboard).

In terms of frequency, I was performing some configuration in a customer's system last week and I'd say every 10th value I pasted, would go in twice (roughly speaking). But then on other days, it doesn't seem to happen at all. My keyboard is in perfect working order and this only happens when accessing our application in the RDS environment, this issue was not present via Citrix.

My local environment is Windows 10 and we run Windows Server 2016 Datacenter in our RDS environment.

I've done some general Googling, but nothing seems to fit. I'm doing some further testing today to see if the issue presents itself when RDP'ing directly onto one of the servers (rather than logging into our application), but was just wondering if anyone had experienced anything similar?

Thank you

We have 3 VMware servers to be migrated to 3 new 2019 VMware Servers.

What are the best practices and easier methods to do the migration?

My boss said that SEPM migration is very easy inside the Symantec website, i have not found the documentation yet.

File server migration - i keep seeing windows admin centre, my customer servers are on-prem, anyone knows of a website with a step by step guide on how to do the migration of file server and remote desktop server?
Hi all, strange situation: I have a computer I connect to via explorer (using \\computer\c$\folder) and via Remote Desktop.  I have been problem loosing connection to that computer.  Today I noticed that I am working with the remote drive (using \\computer\c$\folder)  and Remote Desktop looses connection (drive keeps working) and vice-versa -  all computers are Windows 10 Pro.

Any ideas what is happening? How can I fix this?
I have enabled iDRAC 8 Basic on my Dell T330 server.  The default settings have SSH enabled.   Normally I do not leave SSH access enabled for any devices on the network (e.g. ESXi).   There isn't remote access to the network but wondering if I should still disable or if this case doesn't matter.   Thoughts?

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.