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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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?
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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.
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…
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.
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="" …

Here is a situation I have.

1) Two domains - and A two way forest-wide trust has been established.
2) Each domain has its own connection broker, RD Gateway, licensing server and RD farm. We only use RDS user CALs.
3) All servers are running Server 2016 Standard.
4) DomainA users can log onto DomainA RD farm only.
5) DomainB users can log onto both DomainA and DomainB RD farm. These users will use DomainB\username to access DomainA RD farm.
6) I am looking to use only one RD licensing server which is on DomainB. This means when DomainA users logon to DomainA RD farm, the RDS user CAL will be issued by DomainB licensing server.

I have successfully got point #5 working. But I am having issue with point #6. DomainB RD licensing server can issue RDS user CALs to DomainB users, but I am having no luck getting DomainB licensing server to issue user CAL to DomainA users.

This is the article I followed I have already used GPO to point the RDSH on DomainA to use DomainB RD licensing server with per user mode. DomainB licensing server is already a member of the TS License Servers group in DomainA. The RDSH on DomainA can all resolve the DomainB RD licensing server.

Are there logs somewhere that can point out what went wrong?
Hyper V question:

Basic setup:

I have two host machines - 15k drives / 32 threads / 128 GB RAM for RDS Farm

The way we have been setting these servers up is create VM1, VM2, VM3 on HOST 1 and VM4, VM5, VM6 on HOST2 and enabling local replication back to the other host. So VM1, VM2, VM3 has a replica on HOST2 and vice versa.

I also have two host machines with much more disk space that have 7.2k drives / 32 threads / 128 GB RAM for VM machines that aren't performance biased.

I'm wondering if it makes more sense from a performance standpoint not to cross replicate but to point the 15k hosts at the 7.2 host to store the replicas. Am I splitting hairs here?
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Is there any way I can get e-mail notification if someone take remote of my server. Any script or third party tool?

Thanks in advanced.
Hello All

Here is the setup.  We have an Access database with an SQL backend.  The backend is on a server in our building.  The people in the building use the Access database as a front end (it is loaded with a lot of vba code).  Our salespeople, as opposed to our in house people, do not need all the vba and code, all they need is to be able to read the data in the SQL database.  I want to use to create an interface for them (because I only know Access and SQL). From what I understand can create a web interface to our SQL data.

The question is, can we keep the SQL backend on our server?  Or, in order to allow them to have access over the internet, do we have to move the SQL backend to the cloud.  We would prefer not to do that.

If anyone knows any other way to do it (besides remote desktop because we have many salespeople who could be on at the same time so sharing one or a few computers with remote access would be a nightmare) I would be interested to hear it.

Thank you!
I'm trying to set up an RDS Collection using an RD Gateway. I have everything set up but when the user tries to connect through the GW, it's giving the error "The connection was denied because the user account is not authorized for the remote login.". I've tested connected to the RD server directly and that works... The GW server/RD connection broker just won't pass the user on to the RD session host automatically.
Setup: PepLink Balance One router, using LogMeIn Hamachi for remote access VPN.
Goal: Replace LogMeIn Hamachi VPN with PepLink's built in Remote User Access.
Anyone has experience using PepLink's own Remote User Access, is it worth the while, secure?
Need detailed instructions please.
Have a client running Server 2016 Standard R2 with Essentials Role. They were purchased by a larger company and are in transition. As part of the change, they are now using the new Owners VPN Solution, so the remote access feature of Server 2016 is not required (and is sometimes confusing users).

Not sure of the best way to remove it - just remove the Remote Access role? Will that remove the Network Connection link and the VPN Adapter from Network Connections (without causing any other  problems)? Or is there a better way of accomplishing this?

I don't care if the Remote Access solution stays in place (as it doesn't work anymore), I just don't want users to see the Link and Adapter.

See screenshot for details.

VPN Screenshot

I have a RDS farm containing 3 hosts servers and a one server Broker. I installed a certificate signed by a trusted authority on the broker server and when I access web mode on the server broker, my certificate is well recognized. In the deployment configuration options, certificates are trusted and OK.  

When I access the server named  (Round Robin DNS containing the 3 hosts hosts) I have the problem of certificate not recognized by a trusted authority. He gives me the self-signed certificate of the Host server. This certificat have no private key.

I have tried to installed it on my computer (Users and computer) but I have the same problem.

How to change self signed certificat on Host RDS ?

hi both on same asa firewall - remote access vpn already in place

can i also add site to site  vpn? thanks
Is it possible to change firmware on a 10Zig 5848q from the Citrix version 5848qc to the Remote Desktop version 5848qr
I want to have the ability to connect safely to my network from home. Is there any freeware out there that allow me to do that? Do I have to open up any port on the wireless router?
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I have a legacy Windows app I've installed on a Windows Server 2019 EC2 instance.  I want to let a client use it over RDP (well, through a web browser and RDS).

When I set up RDS it tells me I need a CAL per user.  The AWS docs seems to say that EC2 server instances are pre-licenced for 2 admin users by RDP plus unlimited clients (presumably of the web server or similar).

Can I let the client use just my Windows application on the machine without further licences?  If so, how do I tell RDS that it's legitimate use, or if not, what's the least cost solution to setting this up legitimately?

Have 3 node RDS 2016 deployment, 1 Session broker and 2x session hosts.  One of the hosts seems to be really slow, so while troubleshooting I want to disable logins and force users to use the other hosts. So from the host i want to disable I ran "change logon /disable" and then on the SB i right clicked on that host and disabled new connections. Now when users try to use the rd web, they get remote logons that tells me still trying to use the disabled host.  How do I do this?
Hi Techs,

I have a Client who has two Seperate Computers that loggs into a CNC Main Control Computer

to Load and Run Programs out on the shop floor

they are looking for a Free or Cheep login program to allow them to do this

Remember.....they are Cheap and do not want to spend $100 bucks a month for Teamviewer

they cannot use Remote Desktop due to issues in the past.

Management wants to know what employees are doing if working remotely. I would like to track and store their activity while they are connected to our work server via remote access.

I need to track all user activity such as select, insert, update and delete and put it into a table in order to create a report.

The Database we use is Microsoft SQL Server 2012.
Hey guys,
We have a client that is setup with a Remote Desktop Gateway.  We constantly get people who are getting redirected to the incorrect terminal server and they would either get the error message, "The remote comptuer (computer name) that you are trying to connect to is redirecting you to another computer named....," or that people call in and say that all their stuff is gone, because they are in the wrong server.  I don't see anyway to simply tell something, "this user goes to this server," and it is very frustrating.  Does anyone have any ideas?
Have 3 2016 servers, 2 session hosts and 1 connection broker/web gateway/licensing
Installed RDS on all 3, from the connection broker I created a server pool in Server manager and added all three.  Install the RDS role and assigned the roles and setup went fine.  From the Connection broker I see all the servers and the session hosts(see pic 1)  but when I go the the session hosts, they act like nothing installed (pic 2)  What am I missing?Pic1pic2

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.