Contents tagged with Terminal Services

  • Deploying Remote Desktop IP Virtualization Step-by-Step Guide

    Posted by bink on April 8 2010, 6:06 PM. Posted in Terminal Services.

    Remote Desktop IP Virtualization provides administrators the ability to assign a unique IP address to a program that is available by using RemoteApp and Desktop Connection.

    In this guide, we will configure Remote Desktop IP Virtualization and access it as a standard user by using RemoteApp and Desktop Connection

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  • Terminal Server benchmarks on vSphere 4.0, XenServer 5.5 and Hyper-V 2.0

    Posted by bink on February 16 2010, 8:02 PM. Posted in Terminal Services, Hyper-V.

    Ruben Spruijt, Technology Officer PQR and Jeroen van de Kamp, CTO Login Consultants released phase 2 of their Virtual Reality Check project.

    This Project VRC phase 2 whitepaper focuses completely on analyzing Terminal Services (TS) workloads running on the latest generation hardware and hypervisors. While in phase 1 of project VRC VMware ESX3.5, Citrix XenServer 5.0 and Microsoft Hyper-V 1.0 were tested on a HP DL385G5 with AMD “Barcelona” processors, this whitepaper reviews vSphere 4.0, XenServer 5.5 and Hyper-V 2.0 running on HPDL380G6 with Intel “Nehalem” processor.

    Project VRC made a deliberate choice not to directly compare Hypervisors in phase 1 (and published results in separate whitepapers), the community and the vendors, logically, did. Therefore, we decided that Project VRC will release this single whitepaper for the phase 2 results, including the three hypervisors. This is also possible with Login VSI 2.1, the product independent VDI & TS benchmark, which allows the external timing and calibration of the workload, ensuring that the published results are not influenced by the potential clock drifts within the virtual machines.



  • Microsoft Application Virtualization (app-v) for Terminal Services / Remote Desktop Services

    Posted by bink on October 16 2009, 1:10 AM. Posted in Terminal Services.

    App-V for TS / RDS help solve applications compatibility on Terminal Servers / Session Hosts
    Server growth is a costly issue for organizations that rely on session hosts / terminal servers. To avoid application conflicts, applications must undergo significant testing to determine which applications will collide and, therefore, must be separated and run on different session host / terminal server silos—a time-consuming and costly process. Running multiple separate terminal servers for each application routinely results in servers being underutilized because each one is locked into a specific configuration, capable of serving only a limited set of non-conflicting applications, typically using just 25 percent of capacity. Often, 20 servers are required to support 1,000 users. Microsoft App-V for Terminal Services completely changes this situation offering the following features and benefits: Consolidate servers and end server siloing, end application conflicts and regression testing, accelerate application deployment, reduce deployment risk, simplify profile management
    You must register to receive this download: Microsoft_Application_Virtualization_For_Terminal_Services_Version_4.5.iso 128 MB
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  • Bandwidth Impact Of ClearType In RDP - Revisited

    Posted by bink on September 21 2007, 2:12 AM. Posted in Terminal Services.

    Earlier Helge Klein wrote an interesting article on the subject of Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services Cleartype (Cleartype is about making fonts look nice and smooth on LCD screens) support and the effect it had on bandwidth usage. In this previous article Helge was able to determine that enabling ClearType could cost you three times the bandwidth. In a similar test Helge has tested the Cleartype bandwidth usage again, this time testing the impact of Cleartype on 16 bit sessions as well as 32 bit sessions. The results are actually quite surprising. Enabling font smoothing dramatically increases the bandwidth required for displaying text over RDP. The higher the color depth, the higher the toll payed for smooth fonts. While at 16 bits per pixel the factor is "only" 3.35, this number almost doubles when the color depth is changed to 32 bits. With 32 bits per pixel enabling font smoothing increases the bandwidth usage when displaying text by 6.6. Read the entire article here.

  • Terminal Services Per User Licensing Usage Tracking Coming in Windows Server 2008

    Posted by sumeethevans on September 11 2007, 2:33 AM. Posted in Windows Server 2008, Terminal Services.

    In an earlier post, we showed how to create a per user license usage report in Windows Server 2008. Below we show how to create a per device license usage report.

    On Windows Server 2003, a Per Device Terminal Services Client Access License (TS CAL) usage report could be generated using the Lsreport tool. In Windows Server 2008, the Lsreport tool is not supported. Instead, use the TS Licensing WMI interface to generate a Per Device TS CAL usage report in Windows Server 2008.

    To generate a Per Device TS CAL usage report, you need to enumerate the Win32_TSIssuedLicense class instances on the license server. The following is a simple script that displays a list of issued Per Device TS CAL from a given license server with details like expiration date, etc.


  • Microsoft Releases Universal Remote Desktop Connection

    Posted by sumeethevans on August 1 2007, 3:51 PM. Posted in Terminal Services.

    As promised earlier , Microsoft's Mac Business Unit (Mac BU) released the Universal Application beta version of its Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) client for Mac OS X, version 2.0.

    "Built from the ground up, the RDC for Mac 2.0 beta allows users to remotely connect to computers running Microsoft Windows Vista. It features a redesigned UI, fully customizable preferences, and multiple sessions support," according to Microsoft.

    The Mac BU simultaneously announced an update to its standalone Open XML File Format Converter that includes improvements for converting Word (.docx) files and new support for converting PowerPoint (.pptx) files.

    Both products, which are free, are available at Microsoft's Macintosh site, Mactopia

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  • Microsoft Windows Server 2000/2003 Terminal Services Management Pack

    Posted by bink on April 30 2007, 12:40 AM. Posted in Terminal Services.

    The Terminal Services Management Pack for Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003 monitors the health and performance of Terminal Services components. It includes a rich set of views, tasks, and reports, and provides monitoring for Terminal Services, the Licensing Server, and the Session Directory. This Management Pack detects and alerts problems with performance, health, and availability. It can automatically respond to critical events and performance indicators. In some cases it identifies issues before they become critical, enabling you to increase the overall availability and performance of your Windows operating systems. Feature Summary: • Independent discovery of Terminal Server Service (application mode), Licensing Server Service, and Session Directory Service (Windows 2003 only) • Optional discovery of Terminal Server installations in Remote Desktop (Remote Application) mode • Performance threshold monitoring on key Terminal Services Metrics using Self-Tuning Thresholds • Comprehensive performance metric collection (optional collection rules) • Comprehensive event rules with associated knowledge • Availability and Event Reports Management Pack Release History:Initial Release 3/23/2007 Version 6.0.5000.0Download At Source
  • Microsoft Confirms: Longhorn Will Have Its Own Universal Printer Functionality: EasyPrint

    Posted by bink on April 26 2007, 1:46 AM. Posted in Terminal Services.

    It's official! At BriForum Chicago (advertised on, Microsoft's Nelly Porter confirmed the rumor that has been going around for some time now: Longhorn (Terminal) Server will have its own "universal printer" functionality. This functionality will be included for the first time in the upcoming Beta 3 of Longhorn Server. Microsoft calls it: Easy Print. It's based on the Microsoft XPS document standard (which is similar to PDF). The "Easy Print" feature of Longhorn server is quite comprehensive though and is more than just a universal print driver in that it: • Supports (nearly) every printer • Compresses the data stream send to the TS Client • Enables you to use the properties (UI) of the native printer driver • Allow you to specify which printer gets redirected into your Longhorn TS Session If you want to see it as soon as possible, Microsoft already has planned a webcast where you can find out more about Longhorn (Beta 3). It's planned for the 24th of May: "Windows Server code name "Longhorn" delivers flexible ways to access centralized applications, enhances secure application delivery, and integrates server and local resources to enable greater productivity. In this webcast, we cover the new ways that Terminal Services (TS) provides for better centralized application access than before, helping IT professionals become IT heroes. Join this session to learn about specific Terminal Services features, including TS Gateway, TS Remote Programs, TS Web Access, and TS Easy Print." So, sign up for the TechNet Webcast: Windows Server "Longhorn": Centralizing Application Access with Terminal Services (Level 300) Continue At Source
  • Microsoft Announces Session Based Terminal Server Load Balancing In Longhorn

    Posted by bink on April 26 2007, 1:44 AM. Posted in Terminal Services.

    Longhorn will have Load Balancing! Notice that I'm not talking about Network Load Balancing. Load Balancing in Longhorn will actually be usable Load Balancing. It is build into the new Session Directory renamed to the Session Broker (I wonder if they picked this VDI-like name on purpose...). This Load Balancing will of course not be total solution. It fits nicely into the whole "you can suffice with just Longhorn Terminal Server in low complexity environments". The limitations are: • You can not Load Balance Remote Programs.... just Published Desktops • The load balancing is based on sessions only. So, no advanced load evaluators.

    So basically the full feature set of Longhorn Terminal Server now looks like this: • TS Gateway • TS Remote Programs • TS Web Access • WRSM For Terminal Servers • TS Easy Print • TS Session Broker Load Balancing Continue At Source
  • Vista Remote Desktop Connection Authentication FAQ

    Posted by bink on January 23 2007, 10:13 PM. Posted in Terminal Services.

  • Remote Desktop Connection 6.0 (Terminal Services Client 6.0, KB925876)

    Posted by bink on November 29 2006, 2:38 AM. Posted in Terminal Services.

    Remote Desktop Connection (Terminal Services Client 6.0) provides a way to use any new Terminal Services features introduced in Microsoft Windows Vista and Microsoft Windows Server Code Name “Longhorn” from a computer running Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1.Remote Desktop Connection (Terminal Services Client 6.0) for Windows XP (KB925876)Remote Desktop Connection (Terminal Services Client 6.0) for Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition (KB925876)Remote Desktop Connection (Terminal Services Client 6.0) for Windows XP x64 Edition (KB925876)Remote Desktop Connection (Terminal Services Client 6.0) for Windows Server 2003 (KB925876)
  • Microsoft Terminal Services Community Event in Amsterdam in November

    Posted by bink on September 18 2006, 4:13 PM. Posted in Terminal Services.

    "For the seventh time the PubForum team from PubForum.Net (Alex Yushchenko a.k.a. Dr.Conti – MS TS MVP, Brian Smyth from Intertech Ireland and Alex D - MS TS MVP) is organizing another Terminal Services, Citrix and Virtualization event, where TOP SBC experts  from all around the world come together to listen to the presentations on Microsoft Terminal Services, Citrix Metaframe, Virtualisation and have great networking. This  time PubForum is held in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The amount of seats is limited  to 100 people. The even is 4 days, from Thursday 2nd November to Sunday the 5th. To get more information on the event visit or just sent an email to  PubForum 2006 Amsterdam will take place in "Mercure Amsterdam Airport" on 2-5 November. It is a very nice Hotel located just 15 car minutes from Amsterdam City Center. As usual this PubForum's main topics will be everything around Server Base Computing - solutions from Microsoft, Citrix and now VMware etc.

    PuForum will have a lot of expert sessions delivered by top industry experts from all around the world as well as representatives from top vendors who will, like usual deliver top sessions with tips and tricks, best case studies etc.

    PubForum is an Experts to Experts conference. That mean that the sessions delivered would be hardly interesting for you if you don't have minimum of two years of practical experience in this field. Most of the sessions are so called Level 400 Sessions which involve scripting, deep technical discussions and presentations. The actual agenda for the event is put together based on the ideas of the attendees and as usual those will be the Top sessions available.

    The concept of PubForum is to get top technical sessions, meet the peers and experts from SBC from all around the world, get to know top experts from the vendors and just have a good time during the networking at evenings.

    Thanks to the attendees, presenters and vendors PubForum become a popular and a very successful event among SBC Experts from all over the Europe and US. Started with 4 people three years ago, after 6 PubForums held in Amsterdam, London, Paris, Munich, Dublin, Nice, Brussels, PubForum grew up today to 100+ professional conference bringing together all the brightest heads of SBC.

    Join for an unforgettable experience of sharing know how and networking between the experts. Full Story At Source