Wednesday, June 11, 2014

KB: RemoteApp program pop-up window is hidden in Windows

Microsoft released a new Kb article today (2964832) in regards to incorrect opening of Remote Apps on clients running Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, or Windows Server 2008 R2.

“…Assume that you publish some RemoteApp programs on a remote desktop server. When you open a RemoteApp program from a client computer, the pop-up window of the RemoteApp program opens on top of other program windows, and then the window is hidden immediately behind the other windows…”

“…To resolve this issue, install the hotfix that is described in this article…”

Source & download:

Saturday, May 31, 2014

E2EVC 2014 Session: Microsoft Server 2012 R2 RDS vs Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop …a comparison

imageOn the 30th of may 2014 I presented a session, together with fellow RDS MVP Wilco van Bragt, at E2EVC (Experts-2-Experts Virtualization Conference) 2014 held in Brussels. At the end of this blog post you’ll find a download of our complete slide deck!

At this edition, the event welcomed 130 attendees from 19 different countries! Wilco and I presented a session with the title “Microsoft Server 2012 R2 RDS vs Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop…a comparison”. The intention of the session was to perform an unbiased presentation and demo to compare both products en both solutions. Wilco covered the Citrix part and I covered the Microsoft part.


We got a full house in the main breakout room.image


Obviously we would not be able to do a full feature comparison during the session so we introduced the concept Agenda as a Service to the audience. Which basically mend they had the opportunity to choose the topics they would like to see covered during the session. Below is a screenshot of the agenda taken from our PowerPoint deck


The audience chose the following topics:
- Non-Windows Clients vs Citrix Receivers
- User Profile Disks vs Personal vDisk
- load balancing
- Azure Remote Apps vs Citrix Workspaces
- Shadowing (Remote Control)

We had a great time presenting this session! Thanks to everyone who attended this session and thanks for all the positive feedback we received!

Here is a link to the full presentation

If you have any additional feedback or further questions, feel free to contact us both!


What is E2EVC?
E2EVC Virtualization Conference is a non-commercial, virtualisation community Event.
Our main goal is to bring the best virtualisation experts together to exchange knowledge and to establish new connections. E2EVC is a weekend crammed with presentations, Master Classes and discussions delivered by both virtualisation vendors product teams and independent experts.
Started in 2003 with just 4 people and after 21 very successful events grown to awell-recognized event with over 120 attendees. Our conference has taken place in cities such as Munich, London, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Brussels, Berlin, Frankfurt,
Dublin, Paris, Los Angeles, Munich, Nice, Lisbon, Rome, Hamburg and Vienna.
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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Microsoft Azure RemoteApp: feature set

The table below shows the feature set of Microsoft Azure RemoteApp as presented in the Tech Ed NA 2014 session “Azure RemoteApp Deep Dive”.



Monday, May 12, 2014

Microsoft Azure RemoteApp preview announced!

Today, Microsoft Azure RemoteApp was announced in the Keynote at Tech Ed NA 2014 in Houston! It is now available as preview in Microsoft Azure, and of course I have already signed up for it!

Microsoft Azure RemoteApp is based on Remote Desktop Session Host (RDSH) running Windows Server 2012 R2 and (for now) allows you to publish and run the full Office 2013 suite based on Remote Apps running seamlessly on your Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, or Android end point devices! Future plans are to support a Bing Your Own Application scenario where you can “upload” your application to Azure and make them available as Remote Apps. It’s a subscription based model, currently free in preview. The price per user per month has not been announced yet.

I have been able to run some really quick tests, after your request to use the preview has been completed, a RDSH server incl. a complete Office Suite (incl. Visio & Project) are ready!


To allow an end-user to work with the Remote Apps a separate client needs to be installed. After that the end-user is presented with his set of Azure Remote Apps


You can expect more technical details on this feature once I’ve done some test-driving!

“…Azure RemoteApp helps employees stay productive anywhere, and on a variety of devices - Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, or Android. Your company’s applications run on Windows Server in the Azure cloud, where they’re easier to scale and update. Users can access their applications remotely from their Internet-connected laptop, tablet, or phone. While appearing to run on the users' local device, the applications are centralized on Azure’s protected, reliable platform.

Azure RemoteApp combines Windows application experiences with the powerful capabilities of Remote Desktop Services on Microsoft Azure – the cloud for modern business…”

More info:

Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Windows 8.1 update1; new features also available for RDSH?

Yesterday, April 2nd, Microsoft released the Update 1 for both Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 on MSDN. The update will become GA on April 8th. It’s a series of 6 separate installers and has a guideline containing the installation order.


In the meantime I’ve updated my Windows 8.1 Laptop and Windows 8.1 Surface RT and tried out the new features.  But are these new features also available for RDSH? Answer is yes!

Features like the new context menu for tiles, the new buttons in the upper-right corner, pinning Apps to the Taskbar, a title bar for remote apps to allow easy minimizing etc.




Also, the new Enterprise Mode Internet Explorer (EMIE) is available. Websites that run in Enterprise Mode are rendered like they did in Internet Explore 8, which helps to improve the compatibility of websites identified on a corporate level. It also allows you as an administrator to setup a list of websites that will automatically be loaded in Enterprise Mode which can be really useful for VDI and RDSH scenario’s!


The list can be controlled using the GPO:

User Configuration | Administrative Templates | Windows Components | Internet Explorer | Let users turn on and use Enterprise Mode from the Tools menu


The URL needs to point to a XML file containing the list. For more information on creating the list using the Enterprise Mode Site List Manager tool also see:

Subsequently, users will also be able to add a current website to the Tools menu “Enterprise Mode”, which becomes available after setting the policy.


Finally, I’m sure you’ve also heard about the Start Menu returning. Microsoft will release this is a separate upcoming. Will this update also be applicable to Windows Server 2012 R2, and this RDSH? Most likely, but we’ll see! :)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Remote Desktop Gateway Pluggable Authentication and Authorization Sample

With the release of Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft added a new feature for the RD Gateway role called Pluggable Authentication.

“…Remote Desktop Gateway pluggable authentication. Both customers and partners asked for a more flexible way to authenticate users connecting from the Internet. RD Gateway pluggable authentication allows custom authentication routines to be used with RD Gateway. This can provide custom two-factor authentication and works seamlessly with Remote Desktop Web Access (RD Web Access) or RDP file resource launching (even when using third-party browsers with RD Web Access)…”

In addition to that, Microsoft released sample code to explain the available Remote Desktop Gateway (RD Gateway) authentication and authorization models and demonstrate how to deploy authentication and authorization plug-ins for RD Gateway.

More info and download: