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Windows

Remote Desktop (RDP) Tricks and Tips

Remote Desktop (RDP) Tricks and Tips

Modify Remote Desktop Listening Port

  1. Run regedit (Registry Editor)
  2. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\TerminalServer\WinStations\RDP-Tcp\PortNumber

PortNumber

  1. Double-click on the PortNumber to modify the RDP port number
  2. Select the Decimal base and modify the value data for the PortNumber. Default is 3389. The value should be within between 1025 and 65535
  3. Click OK and quit Registry Editor.
  4. Reboot the computer or restart “Remote Desktop Services service

 

Connect to remote desktop using different port

If you want to connect to remote desktop using customized port number (default is 3389)

  1. Run mstsc (optional steps: Click Start, click All ProgramsAccessoriesCommunicationsRemote Desktop Connection)
  2. In the Computer box, enter the IP address or host name for the computer that you need to connect and then follow by a colon “:” together with the port number
  3. Below are some of the example:
Example 1: MyServer is the host name and 3388 is the customized port number

MyServer:3388

Example 2: 192.168.1.10 is the IP address of the computer and 3390 is the customized port number

192.168.1.10:3390

  1. Click Connect.

Alternatively, you can use the follow command:

mstsc  /v:servername:portnumber

Example: mstsc /v:MyServer:3388

 

Activate Remote Desktop remotely using registry editor

Enable Remote desktop via the registry

  1. Run regedit (Registry Editor)
  2. On the File menu, click Connect Network Registry.
  3. In the Select Computer dialog box, type the computer name and then click Check Names.
  4. In the Enter Network Password dialog box, provide Domain Admins credentials for the domain of the server, and then click OK.
  5. After the computer name resolves, click OK.
  6. Locate the following registry subkey in the computer node:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server

fDenyTSConnections

  1. Double-click on the fDenyTSConnection to edit the DWORD value. Change the value data from 1 (Remote Desktop disabled) to 0 (Remote Desktop enabled)
  2. Restart the computer. (You can restart the remote computer using “shutdown /m \\computername /r”

 

Multiple RDP session for single user

By default, Remote Desktop (RDP)/Terminal Services in Windows 2008 will be using the same RDP session if you are using the same username. Unlike Windows 2003 that you can have different session under same user name. Below are the registry key to allow multiple RDP session for single user in Windows 2008

  1. Run regedit (Registry Editor)
  2. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
  1. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\TerminalServer
  1. If the fSingleSessionPerUser value doesn’t exist, create a new DWORD value named fSingleSessionPerUser
  2. Modify fSingleSessionPerUser value:

0              Allow multiple sessions per user

1              Force each user to a single session

fSingleSessionPerUser

  1. Click OK and quit Registry Editor.
  2. Restart “Remote Desktop Services service” or Reboot the computer

 

RDP to the console session

In certain case, we need to connect to the console session of the server so that we can start/monitor certain legacy application that is not started via Windows Services. The administrator needs to login the server first and only start the application manually.

Use the following command to remote desktop to the server into console session:

For Windows Vista, 7, 2008 , Windows XP SP2 and above

Mstsc /admin

mstsc /admin

For Windows XP SP1 and before:

Mstsc /console

 

Resource and References:

http://oreilly.com/windows/archive/server-hacks-remote-desktop.html

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306759

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/304304

http://remotedesktoprdp.com/Force-Single-Session-Allow-Multiple-Sessions-Per-User.aspx

 

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Small Business Server

Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials Review

Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials (Review)

  • Formal code name: Aurora
  • As the name suggested, it is suit to small business that currently do not have any server. It serve as the first server for the company that provide the file and print sharing,  data backup, remote access, etc. Basically it is just a Windows Server 2008 R2 with additional small business add-on like Small Business Dashboard and Launchpad, server health monitor, etc.
  • Simple licensing model and low cost with Server license only. No Client Access Licenses (CALs) required.
  • Limitation of 25 PC/users. (whereas limitation for Windows SBS 2011 Standard is 75 users/devices)
  • In case the company expanded and required further services like email and collaboration service then this is the ideal platform because Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2001 Essentials provide integration with Microsoft online cloud services like Office 365 (with hosted Exchange mail and SharePoint collaboration services) and CRM. (compare the Windows SBS 2011 Standard, the Exchange and SharePoint is hosted in premises within the server)
  • Additional feature that is no provided Windows Small Business Server 2011Essentials is PC/workstation backup that allow backup of client computer into server.
  • SBS 2011 must own the Active Directory FSMO master roles. Of course that additional Domain Controller and member servers are supported.

Small Business Server (SBS) Essential vs. Standard Comparison

SBS 2011 Essential main differentiators:

Tailored for Online Services integration

–          Cross-premise solution with Office 365

–          Retain local core infrastructure

–          Simple, single sign-on experiences

–          Server and Workstation Backup

–          Maximum of 25 users/PC supported

–          Low start-up cost because no Client Access License (CAL) required.

SBS 2011 Standard main differentiators:

Fully On-Premise Solution

–          Email services with Exchange Server 2010

–          Collaboration services with SharePoint Foundation 2010

–          Windows Server Update Servers for local server/computer Windows Update

–          Only server backup

–          Maximum of 75 Users/devices supported

–          Each user require Client Access License (CAL)

 

 

Small Business Server (SBS) 2011 Essentials System Requirements

Component Requirement
Process Maximum of 2 physical sockets supported, no limit on the processor cores)x64 processor with minimum:

  • 1.4GHz for single processor
  • 1.3GHz for dual processor

 

Memory (RAM) Minimum : 2 GBRecommended: 4 GB

Maximum: 32 GB

Hard disk (System Partition) 160 GB
Network Adapter Gigabit Ethernet network port
Backup drive (Optional) USB 2.0 or faster external hard disk drive (Recommended to have 2 or more external  USB hard disk for additional data redundancy and backup retention period)

 

References and Resources:

Windows Small Business Server Editions: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/windows-small-business-server/editions.aspx

Windows Small Business Server 2011 download:

 

SBS 2011 Essentials trial version download: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/gg604826.aspx

 

SBS 2011 Standard trial version download:  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/gg492833.aspx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Categories
Windows 8

Where to download Windows 8 Developer Preview

Where to download Windows 8 Developer Preview

Microsoft announce the availablity of Windows 8 Developer Preview for download in:

Windows 8 Developer Preview with developer tools, Englisth X64 (64-bit)

Windows 8 Developer Preview, Englisth X64 (64-bit)

Windows 8 Developer Preview, Englisth x86 (32-bit)

Windows 8 Developer Preview is currently work in the following virtual environment:

  • Hyper-V in Windows 8 Developer Preview
  • Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 R2
  • VMware Workstation 8.0 for Windows
  • VirtualBox 4.1.2 for Windows

 

References / Resources:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/apps/br229516