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Get the best RDP 8.0 experience when connecting to Windows 7: What you need to know

The Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) 8.0 update for Windows 7 provides many advantages for the remote work experience; for all the details, see KB2592687 . However, to benefit from the experience enhancements in RDP 8.0, you must configure your client and server correctly, as instructed in KB2592687 . So if you want the best RDP 8.0/Windows 7 remote work experience, make sure you do the following three things: 1. Install updates KB2574819 and KB2592687 on the Windows 7 (not Windows Server 2008 R2) system you’ll be connecting to. If you’ll be connecting to this system from a Windows 7 PC, install these updates on that system as well. (If you’re running Windows 8 on your client PC, you’re all set. Sorry, there’s no RDP 8.0 support for Windows Vista or Windows XP.) After the installation, restart your computer. 2. RDP 8.0 is disabled by default, so you must enable the following Group Policy settings on the Windows 7 system you’ll be connecting to: “Computer ConfigurationAdministrative TemplatesWindows ComponentsRemote Desktop ServicesRemote Desktop Session HostRemote Session EnvironmentEnable Remote Desktop Protocol 8.0” should be set to “Enabled” “Computer ConfigurationAdministrative TemplatesWindows ComponentsRemote Desktop ServicesRemote Desktop Session HostConnectionsSelect RDP Transport Protocols” should be set to “Use both UDP and TCP” Important : After these policy settings have been configured, restart your computer. 3. Allow port traffic: If you’re connecting directly to the Windows 7 system, make sure that traffic is allowed on TCP and UDP for port 3389. If you’re connecting via Remote Desktop Gateway, make sure you use RD Gateway in Windows Server 2012 and allow TCP port 443 and UDP port 3391 traffic to the gateway. When you connect, look for the connection quality indicator on the Connection bar. If you click it, you should see a message saying that UDP is enabled. If you don’t see either of these two items, you’re not getting the full RDP 8.0 experience and you should check your configuration. If you see both of these, congratulations, you’re on RDP 8.0! Please do note that while RDP 8.0 for Windows 7 provides many advantages, it has some limitations as well. For more information about these particulars, see KB2592687 . For more information about all the great improvements that come with RDP 8.0, see the following blog posts: Remote Desktop Protocol 8.0 Update for Windows 7 SP1: Enabling a great WAN user experience for Windows 7 SP1 virtual desktops RDP 8.0 Update for Windows 7 SP1 Released to Web!

Register for the next Microsoft Jumpstart on April 18: Using Microsoft VDI to Enable New Workstyles

If you are new to the benefits of a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), not sure when or why to use session-based or virtual machine-based desktop deployments, or have questions about the architecture (including App-V and UE-V), consider taking the new Jump Start course on April 18, 2013. This free one-day course will cover the latest approaches to desktop virtualization and the business cases for each, guidance for choosing appropriate virtual desktop types according to requirements, and architectural guidance for building a VDI. For all the details, see Using Microsoft VDI to Enable New Workstyles Jump Start .

Enterprise Hotfix Rollup for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Available Now

An enterprise hotfix rollup for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 has been released which contains 90 hotfixes released after the release of Service Pack 1. These hotfixes improve the overall performance and system reliability of Windows 7 SP1-based and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1-based computers. We recommend customers to apply this hotfix rollup as part of their regular maintenance routine and build processes for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 computers. This hotfix rollup includes the following improvements: Improves the Windows Client Remote File System components. Improves the SMB Service and TCP protocol components. Improves the processing of Group Policies and Group Policy preferences. Improves the Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) components to reduce the CPU usage and to improve the repository verification performance. To view the list of hotfixes included in this hotfix rollup, please visit . How to get the Hotfix Rollup This update is available from the Microsoft Update Catalog . Type 2775511 in the search field that is located in the upper-right corner of the catalog webpage.

Windows Multipoint Server 2012 Now Available Including Zero Client Support

I’m happy to announce that not only is Windows MultiPoint Server 2012 generally available , but last week, we added support for USB-Over-Ethernet Zero clients . Windows MultiPoint Server is a product that uses Remote Desktop Services to offer a tailor-made experience for schools. Congratulations to everyone who worked on this release. If you’re interested in evaluating Windows MultiPoint Server 2012 , click here .

My Server Windows App for Windows Server 2012 Essentials

Hi, my name is Clinton Ho, lead program manager on the Windows Server Essentials team. I’m proud to announce the availability of the My Server Windows app , available as a free download in the Windows Store. Similar to the My Server Windows Phone app, My Server Windows app is designed to help keep you seamlessly connected to your server resources on devices running Windows 8 and Windows RT. With My Server , you can manage users, devices, and alerts, and access shared files on Windows Server 2012 Essentials.  In addition, the files that you have recently accessed with My Server will continue to be available to you even when you are offline. Sound cool? Then head on over to the Windows Store, search for My Server , and install the app! Don’t forget to let us know what you think by rating it or writing a review. Here are some more things you can do with the My Server app: Browse, edit and search for files stored on your server Copy files from your local computer to the server, or save files from the server to your computer Access files from your server that were opened recently—even without an Internet connection; the changes made offline will automatically be synchronized to the server when you are back online Transparently search for documents located on both your local device and your server’s shared folders Play back media files stored on the server If you are an administrator, you can also: Manage users, devices, and alerts Reset user passwords  

Windows Server Solutions BPA Updated January 2013

Update Rollup 4 for Windows Server Solutions BPA ( KB2796170 ) is now available via Microsoft Update. New Rules Added DefWebSiteExtended – This rule checks whether the default website is extended correctly. RemoteVDirAuthentication – This rule checks whether Anonymous Authentication is disabled. SelfUpdateVDirSSL – This rule checks whether the SSL protocol is enabled or Anonymous Authentication is disabled in the SelfUpdate virtual directory. How to get BPA Update Rollup SBS 2011 Standard: By default, Microsoft Update points to the WSUS service in SBS 2011 standard. This update will show up in Admin Console’s Update tab to allow you to apply this update. Then this update will be shown available in Microsoft Update to be installed. You can also get this update by including Microsoft Update. In SBS 2011 Standard , launch Windows Update and select the option to Check online for updates from Windows Update . Then click the option for “Get updates for other Microsoft products” and complete the process to opt-in for Microsoft Updates. SBS 2011 Essentials, Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials and Windows Multipoint Server 2011: Please go to Windows Update and find out more about free software from Microsoft Update, and click “ Click here for details ”. And follow the steps to get patches from Microsoft Update. If you already include the Microsoft Update, you can ignore this step. Go to Windows update and click “ Check for updates ” to get the updates. To find out more about the issues it fixes, please visit

Web Services and Extensibility for Windows Server 2012 Essentials

Hi, I’m Mike Chen, program manager for the Windows Server Essentials team, and today I would like to share with you the extensibility story for Windows Server 2012 Essentials. I’ll start with an overview of the extensibility points across Dashboard, Launchpad, Remote Web Access, and Health Monitoring. As you know, Windows Server 2012 Essentials is a hybrid solution that connects your on-premises environment to the cloud service. We will use cloud service integration scenarios when we talk about the extensibility points; these extensibility points can also be used by non-service-integration add-ins. Let’s take a look at the Windows Azure Online Backup add-in (for more information, see the blog post Windows Azure Online Backup and Windows Server 2012 Essentials ). In the preceding screenshot, add-ins can be used in the Dashboard in four places: Top-level tab . Usually, as a standalone feature, most add-ins will have a separate tab. We recommend that you use all capital letters for the names of your tabs to be consistent with other built-in tabs. A top-level tab will own its standalone content space in the content area. Sub-tabs . To logically separate your features, you can have multiple sub-tabs under your top-level tab. If you own a separate top-level tab, you will naturally group sub-tabs together. If your add-in doesn’t create a top-level tab (for example, your add-in provides additional manageability for storage), you can add a sub-tab to the tab in question instead. Main panel . Different add-ins typically have different requests. While you can build your main panel from a blank panel, you can also leverage the list view in the SDK if you’re managing a list of objects, such as users or folders. Task panel . When you manage a list of items or a service, you usually need per item tasks and global tasks. When you leverage the list view, the Dashboard allows you to register per item tasks where you can perform tasks on a single item, such as removing a folder. It also allows you to perform global tasks, which apply to the entire add-in functions, such as registering your service. In addition to these four options, the Dashboard also allows you to extend the built-in list view, wizards, and property pages by adding your own logic to the existing experience. An existing implementation of this is the built-in email solutions (including Office 365 and on-premises Exchange) that extend the list view, add a user wizard and user property pages that leverage the framework. We’re going to discuss this in depth in the upcoming blog for Hosted Email Add-in Framework. Client-side integration is also interesting when you write an add-in to integrate with online services. Launchpad . Most of the service integration, such as Office 365 Integration, provides value to end users where they need to have shortcuts to the new functionality they get from add-ins. In this case, you can extend the Launchpad by adding an additional shortcut. Remote Web Access . Remote Web Access allows you to provide links on the Homepage, as well as provide your own page. Health Integration . If the online service has dependencies on the client, such as agents running on the client or settings on the client, you can implement health monitoring rules on the client so that the monitoring results can be rolled up to the admin view. (Note that health integration is able to monitor the server as well.) Web service platform Anywhere Access is important for home and business environments today. To keep users more productive, they need to access files and folders anytime from their devices. In order to support this, Windows Server 2012 Essentials exposes a set of built-in web services for third-party developers to build applications on different devices that can access files and manage the server remotely. The built-in web services include file access, file operations, media access, and management tasks (including alerts, users, storage, devices). For a complete list of web services, see our MSDN page . The following sample code demonstrates how to call the web services to access a folder from Windows 8 by using HTML and JavaScript. In HTML, we create a list view on your page to display the data. You will need to define the template of the item that defines how it’s going to be displayed. In JavaScript, we use an HTTP request with your credential to get the information about items in the Company folder. var url = “https://[serverName]/services/builtin/fileoperationservice.svc/items/index/0/count/10?path=\\[machineName]\Company&filter=All&sortByField=Name&ascending=True” ; WinJS.xhr({     url: encodeURI(url),     user: “[userName]” ,     password: “[password]” ,     headers: {         “AppName” : “[appName]” ,         “Accept” : “application/json”     } }).done( function (response) {     var obtainedData = window.JSON.parse(response.responseText);     var fileList = new WinJS.Binding.List(obtainedData.Items);     WinJS.UI.setOptions(fileListView.winControl, { itemDataSource: fileList.dataSource });     WinJS.UI.processAll(); }); To learn more about the Windows Sever 2012 Essentials SDK, you can visit our MSDN site and download the SDK . We’re looking forward to your feedback in our forum .

Expanded Software Assurance (SA) grant for Windows SBS 2011 Standard

[Today's post comes to us courtesy David Fabritius from Windows Server Marketing] As part of the Windows Server 2012 announcements earlier this year, we shared the Software Assurance (SA) grant information for Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard. Since that time, we have worked with many of our customers and partners to help plan the transition of existing SBS environments to the latest available server software. As part of this effort, we received feedback that the original SA grant was too limiting to provide the best deployment experience. To address these concerns, Microsoft has expanded the grant to include two copies of Windows Server 2012 Standard and one copy of Exchange Server 2010 Standard. Also note that customers with active Software Assurance coverage on Exchange Server 2010 Standard are eligible to upgrade to and use Exchange Server 2013 Standard when it releases. By granting two copies of Windows Server 2012 Standard, customers can choose to deploy their workloads onto two physical servers, or they can choose to take advantage of Hyper-V to run up to four virtual machine instances—which can be run on either a single physical host server, or split across two physical host servers. In addition, the downgrade rights for Windows Server 2012 have been expanded to include Windows Server 2012 Essentials. This provides customers access to the Essentials value‑added feature set, including Remote Web Access, Office 365 integration, the Dashboard, and client computer backup. The expanded benefits will be available starting January 2013, and will be retroactively effective as of August 15, 2012. Software and product keys will be available through the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) customer portal. As always, we appreciate the continuous dialog with our customers and partners, and we very much value the passion and broad range of perspectives and experiences that help us offer the best solutions available in today’s market. Also, many people often think of Software Assurance (SA) as being synonymous with just one of its many components: staying current with new product versions. But staying current is actually just one in a broad range of benefits, including: Evaluating new software through TechNet Getting help with 24×7 phone and web support Reducing up-front costs through spread payments Reducing costs, streamlining management with MDOP Speeding disaster recovery with cold backups Preparing employees with online training Building technical skills with classroom training As always, I’d like to encourage you to download the Windows Server 2012 Essentials evaluation and give us feedback via the Windows Server 2012 Essentials forum . We’d love to hear from you!