27 01, 2018

Cláudio Rodrigues Joins RDS Gurus!

By |January 27th, 2018|

RDS Gurus is thrilled to welcome end-user computing heavy hitter Cláudio Rodrigues to our team. Long time Citrix CTP, Microsoft MVP and entrepreneur with several companies under his belt (see his bio for the details) he brings a wealth of industry knowledge, technical skill and business sense to RDS Gurus. Welcome aboard, Cláudio!

12 01, 2018

HTML5 client for Microsoft Remote Desktop Services 2016: Remote Desktop Web Client

By |January 12th, 2018|

Everyone will be familiar with the Remote Desktop client called MSTSC. Since a few years, Microsoft also has a Remote Desktop client for other platforms like iOS, Mac OS X and Android, available for download from the App Store, the Mac App Store, and the Google Play Store.

As a next step, Microsoft now also has a web client based on HTML5 (currently into preview), called the RD Web Client. This blog post runs through the setup, based on the early preview that I tested. The Remote Desktop Web Client is installed as an extension of the RD Web Access role.


The requirements for the Web Client are as follows;

· RD deployment with Gateway, Broker and WebAccess roles all running Server 2016 Operating System. The endpoints (RDSH or Windows Client SKUs) can be running any Windows Operating System starting from Windows 7 SP1 / Windows Server 2008 R2. The client performance will however be better when connecting to Windows Server 2016 or Windows 10 Anniversary Edition or later.

· The RD deployment should NOT be configured to use per-device license.

· The Server 2016 machine hosting RD Gateway role must have this update installed – https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4025334/windows-10-update-kb4025334

· The Gateway and WebAccess […]

20 12, 2017

RDS Gurus team members presenting at TeamRGE / GeekOut 365 event

By |December 20th, 2017|

Update: Register for this awesome event here! 

TeamRGE has teamed up with GeekOut 365 to deliver a live webinar on January 17, 2018. Benny, Kristin and Freek will be presenting several sessions at the event.

"...Planning for the TeamRGE / GeekOut 365 event is in full swing, and though we're still hammering out the final details of the agenda, we're very happy to announce the list of sessions that we'll be hosting during the live webinar this January! Before we get to that, here are the details that we have for you today..."

Date of the event: January 17, 2018
Time: 8:00 AM Pacific, 11:00 AM Eastern, 16:00 UTC (see it in your time zone)
Location: Your desk or living room
Duration: 6 hours
Number of sessions: 20 (including 4 sponsored, 10-minute sessions)
Number of speakers: 16

More info: http://www.brianmadden.com/opinion/The-TeamRGE-GeekOut-365-event-sessions-have-been-selected


28 11, 2017

The new Remote Desktop app for macOS is here!

By |November 28th, 2017|

Here is the link to the latest news on the Microsoft Enterprise Mobility & Security blog.

This download is not an upgrade to the old one, so as stated on that blog post, don't delete your old app if you want to migrate your connections! Install the new app, migrate your connections, then uninstall the old app.

Report issues by going to the Help menu!


23 11, 2017

Benny and Freek presented at E2EVC in Barcelona!

By |November 23rd, 2017|

imageLast week was Experts 2 Experts Virtualization (E2EVC) Conference time again! This edition was being held in Barcelona. Great location for the 36th edition of this event with attendees coming from 19 different countries!

Benny and Freek presented a session and in this blog post we want to elaborate some more on what they presented. Our session title was called “Microsoft RDS, current state and future vision”.


When we created the abstract for our session somewhere last summer, we came up with the idea to present a session showing the latest evolution of the Remote Desktop Platform. Back then, we weren’t really sure if we would be able to show it or even be allowed talk about it because back then this was all very early stage. Fortunately, 3 weeks before the E2EVC event in Barcelona we were able to get the bits of the very first RDmi Private Preview and successfully installed it in our labs. We contacted the RDS Product Team and they gave us permission to demo both RDmi and HTML5 at E2EVC last week!

So, during the session we covered […]

3 11, 2017

Esther Barthel Joins RDS Gurus!

By |November 3rd, 2017|

RDS Gurus is happy to welcome Esther Barthel to our ranks. Esther is a Citrix CTP, Microsoft MVP and Netscaler Extraordinaire! She brings vast EUC experience and knowledge to RDS Gurus and we are going to use all of it to further the interests of our client base. Check out her bio here. Welcome aboard Esther!

1 11, 2017

Freek Talks ARM and Parallels RAS – Tomorrow!

By |November 1st, 2017|

For those of you who missed the tweet, Freek is giving a talk about how to use Azure Resource Manager (ARM) to deploy Parallels RAS. Sign up here: Creating a Parallels RAS High-Available Deployment in Microsoft Azure in 30 Minutes

Hurry, the talk is tomorrow, November 2, at 10AM PDT!

And if you can't make tomorrow, Freek will give another talk on November 7th at 11am CET.

Come learn how Freek leverages the power of Azure to deploy a high-availabile Parallels RAS IaaS deployment. This is exciting stuff folks!  - Great automation and a really fast deployment.



2 10, 2017

Recap of the session I presented at Microsoft Ignite 2017

By |October 2nd, 2017|

Last week I attended Microsoft Ignite in Orlando and on Tuesday I presented a session on hosting RDS and VDI in the Cloud. This blog post is a recap of the session including links to demos I showed.

I started my session with the question whether RDS or VDI would still be relevant today. I pointed out that the application landscape of an average organization today already contains a lot of SaaS and Web based applications. Also, Apps from App stores are becoming more common in the corporate world. These types of applications are already enabled for the modern workplace and can already be accessed from any device at any time. I continued by pointing out the traditional Windows Applications. How these types of applications are not enabled for the modern workplace, that they demand a Windows Desktop to run and that in many cases they rely heavily on an application backend. I talked about how many might argue that the Windows Application will disappear in the future. That the Windows Application will be transformed into other form factors like Web-Based and Apps. I agree with that statement but […]

18 09, 2017

OneDrive for Business Performance in Non-Persistent Environments Using FSLogix’s Office 365 Containers

By |September 18th, 2017|

An Independent Remote End-User Experience Performance Benchmark

Based on this Microsoft knowledge base article, “the OneDrive for Business sync app isn’t supported for client sessions that are hosted on Windows 2008 Terminal Services or Windows 2012 Remote Desktop Services (RDS).“ This is also true for RDS running on Windows Server 2016. In order to gain access to OneDrive for Business files, Remote Desktop users have to utilize a web browser.

FSLogix Office 365 Containers however, does support roaming OneDrive for Business cache. So RDS Gurus decided to test the user experience of remote desktop users working with OneDrive for Business in an RDS environment configured to use FSLogix Office 365 Containers. Like our past Outlook testing, we did this by collecting performance metrics as well as video footage of a series of RDS user sessions designed to simulate users working in OneDrive for Business.

Benchmarking Setup

We used the same environment and lab for these test runs as we did for our previous Outlook testing, so refer to that article for the benchmarking setup. Our test steps were also the same, except that we created test sequences and Uber-exes that ran OneDrive for Business workloads. […]

3 09, 2017

RDP10 versus PCoIP on Hyper-V with DDA

By |September 3rd, 2017|

In August, Gabe Knuth published an article on BrianMadden.com describing Teradici’s new product announcements. An important aspect of Teradici’s product offering is their PC-over-IP protocol (PCoIP), an alternative to other remoting protocols. But how good is PCoIP and what are the ideal use cases? To answer this question, we compared the performance of Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) and PCoIP in June and July 2017. This project was sponsored by Microsoft with input from Teradici.

Our primary focus was on benchmarking the performance of graphics workloads in Hyper-V virtual machines accelerated by NVIDIA M60 GPUs attached through Discrete Device Assignment (DDA). DDA allows you to pass through a physical GPU that is plugged into the PCI Express bus of the Hyper-V host machine straight to a guest VM.

Test Environment

For this project we used an on premises lab, but because this setup can be deployed on premises using a physical server with an M60 card or in Azure using an NV-series VM, test results are relevant for both on-premises and cloud environments.

We used a Dell R730 server with NVIDIA Tesla M60 GPU […]