Two weeks ago, the 30th edition of the Experts 2 Experts Virtualization Conference (E2EVC) took place in Leopardstown, Dublin. A great community driven conference, founded by Alex Cooper. If you’re not familiar with the event check out e2evc.com for more details.

Last month BriForum 2016 Europe took place in London. Also a great, vendor independent conference founded by Brian Madden. For more information on that event check out briforum.com.

At both events, we (Freek Berson & Benny Tritsch) presented a session on Azure RemoteApp. Our session was called “Azure RemoteApp – Past, Present & …

At a client we noticed that after our last round of patching the RD Web Access web feed broke.  All of our servers run 2012 R2.  The broken feed was evident on Windows 8.1 and 10 PCs/laptops that connected using RemoteApp and Desktop Connection and also on iPads (makes sense because these all use the feed).

Removing KB3098785 fixed this for us (Security Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6)

Note: Our RD Web Access server is also running RD Gateway. I have not tested whether the RD Web Access feed breaks on a server with only RD Web Access installed.…

I have observed the RD Gateway Manager console crash specifically when you go to add a CAP or RAP policy.  For me, the .NET Framework 4.6.1 update KB3102467 was to blame. Here’s the fix.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3162871

You may have read my previous blog post about the announcement of new PowerShell CmdLets to manage User Profile Disks (UPD )in Azure RemoteApp, if not here is the link: User Profile Disk management for Azure RemoteApp is here!

These new CmdLets enable you to manage the User Profile Disks yourself. This is great because prior to this you had to contact Azure Support for every management task you had to do related to UPD. Check out my previous blog post for more details on the new CmdLets Copy-AzureRemoteAppUserDisk and Remove-AzureRemoteAppUserDisk.

One of the things I did run into when …

Two new great PowerShell commands are added to Azure RemoteApp! They allow for management of the User Profile Disk (UPD)! This is a very welcome update! Why? Previously, when you wanted to perform management on the UPD’s of an Azure RemoteApp collection you could not do that yourself. Instead you needed to contact Azure Support. With the new command that are you released you can manage UPD’s yourself! In order to use the two new commands, make sure you downloaded the latest version of Azure PowerShell.

Guide to check what Azure PowerShell current version you are running and how to …

Article by Benny Tritsch and Kris Griffin

In Windows Server 2016, GPUs for Remote Desktop Session Host will only be available through Discrete Device Assignment (DDA), but not RemoteFX. The good thing about DDA is that it can also be used for Windows 10 VMs. While RemoteFX is based on GPU sharing and API intercept, DDA is an implementation of GPU pass-through. This means that the physical GPU is passed through directly and exclusively to the RDSH or the Windows 10 VM. Instead of generic virtual device drivers it is possible to use the GPU manufacturer’s graphics driver in the …

Originally posted here: http://microsoftplatform.blogspot.nl/2016/05/fix-office365-performance-issues-with.html

I’ve written about FSLogix in the past. About a year ago I wrote an article on masking specific applications & plugins for specific users and running various java versions on the same OS. Check it out here: Managing your Azure RemoteApp application landscape using FSLogix Apps.

FSLogix is a set of tools with an extremely small footprint and has an amazing set of features that fix really specific problems, applicable in almost any VDI or RDSH environment!

“…FSLogix Apps is a software agent that enables virtual desktop administrators to massively reduce the number of Windows Gold …

Consider the following scenario;
You are a small organization and most of your line of business applications are SaaS or web based. You want to embrace BYOD to help employees to be productive on the devices they love and have access to company applications at any time from any location. With all your applications being SaaS and web based this is relatively easy. However, what if still need to support 2 or 3 Windows Applications that you want to manage centrally. Azure RemoteApp seems to be ideal for that use case! With Azure RemoteApp there is no need to setup …

I have a customer for whom this is a real pain point so hopefully this will help some of you.

They have an RDS environment with Office 365 (Office 2013) click-to-run. Outlook 2013 for them started crashing all over the place.

We were getting this event in the application logs on all RD Session Host servers:

Log Name:      Application
Source:        Application Error
Date:          5/4/2016 3:28:41 PM
Event ID:      1000
Task Category: (100)
Level:         Error
Keywords:      Classic
User:          N/A
Computer:      rdsh.domain.com
Description:
Faulting application name: OUTLOOK.EXE, version: 15.0.4815.1000, time stamp: 0x56e79eae
Faulting module name: ntdll.dll, version: 6.3.9600.18194, time stamp: 0x569515fc
Exception …

Working with small and medium sized businesses, we often use the Server Manager’s Remote Desktop Management Services (RMDS) UI to manage RDS deployments.  The problem is that this UI is not without issues. We frequently run into problems using this tool.  Because it bombs for many reasons, we decided to write a series of blogs posts that detail the problems we run into using RDMS and how to fix them.

RDMS Problem #1: The Server Pool Does not Match the RD Connection Brokers That Are In It

Environment:

  • Windows Server 2012 R2 deployment
  • One Session Collection
  • RD Connection Broker is
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