IE7 RDP web client fix

by File in: Internet Explorer, Uncategorized

We have a security appliance that manages user passwords.  One feature of this appliance is it can initiate a RDP session to a Windows box and pass the user’s credentials for authentication, which allows the users to access the remote system without knowing their password.  This appliance uses the Remote Desktop Web Connection ActiveX control, and […]

Microsoft releases load simulation tools for desktops

by File in: Windows

Microsoft has released their Remote Desktop Load Simulation Tools which have nothing to do with Remote Desktop in the RDP sense.  Instead, the tools are designed for 32-bit and 64-bit server capacity planning and performance/scalability analysis.  According to Microsoft: In a server-based computing environment, all application execution and data processing occur on the server. Therefore it is extremely […]

Fix: rdpclip.exe won’t run on Windows Server 2003

by File in: registry, remote access

I had two identically configured Windows 2003 SP2 servers, one that would allow remote copy/paste from the server to the client via RDP, and one that wouldn’t.  I finally took the time today to resolve the issue once and for all. First thing I verified was that in the Local Resources tab of Remote Desktop […]

A Portable Remote Desktop Connection (mstsc.exe)

by File in: remote access

I ran across Claus’s link to the makeuseof.com article that shows how to run Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Connection program as a portable application from a USB drive. This lead me to think about how this could be of value in my environment.  I frequently hop from server to server using Microsoft’s Terminal Services client, mstsc.exe, which […]

Fix: Intel PROSet for Windows Device Manager missing tabs

by File in: troubleshooting

I’ve been building some new Dell PowerEdge 1950 servers for a new deployment running Windows Server 2003 SP2.  I had originally configured the servers to use the integrated Broadcom NICs, but wanted to change to my new Intel Quad Port VT 1000 PCIe card.  I went with the quad port since I was planning on […]

Howto: Install rdesktop on SLES 10 SP2 Linux

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rdesktop is software that allows a Linux client to connect to a Microsoft Windows server via RDP, much like mstsc.exe, which is Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) program. More precisely, rdesktop.org describes the software as: rdesktop is an open source client for Windows Terminal Services, capable of natively speaking Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) in order to present […]

Howto: Remotely disconnect a Terminal Services Session, Part 2

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Previously I discussed two methods for remotely disconnecting a terminal server session.  Today I discovered another way do disconnect my Windows 2000 server from my Windows XP workstation.  Here’s how I did it: 1) Launch a command prompt 2) Authenticate to the server: net use /user:administrator \\MyServer\c$ 3) Type: reset session 1 /server:MyServer Start with session […]

Howto: Remotely disconnect a Terminal Services Session

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[update 2008-08-06] I’ve written about another method for remotely disconnecting a terminal server session can be found here. Windows server 2000/2003 allows two remote terminal services connections for administrative purposes.  Every once in a while I’ll get the “You exceeded the allowed connection count” message when trying to connect to a server via RDP, because previous sessions were […]

Howto: Log Connections to Specific Ports and Processes on Windows Machines

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A client asked me for a report that showed who connected to his server on port 3389 via RDP, Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Protocol . Apparently some of his techs had been connecting to his servers through the Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) to perform maintenance, and he wanted to know when they connected to the […]