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!
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 .
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 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2775511/EN-US . 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.
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 .
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
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 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2796170
[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!
[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Yang Cao from Sustained Engineering] One of the key values Windows Server 2012 Essentials offers is network-based computer backup. With client computer backup (a centralized, image-based backup), in the event of data loss, you can restore individual files or folders. If necessary, you can even restore the entire system from a successful backup on the server. If you have computers running Windows 8, the backup and restore experience becomes even easier and more natural thanks to the new File History feature in Windows 8. Configuring File History in Windows 8 As a Windows 8 user myself, I turned on File History manually in the Control Panel. I selected a network share as the target drive, and from Advanced settings , I chose to save copies of files every hour and keep saved versions forever. After File History is configured, my files in Libraries, Desktop, Contacts, and Favorites are backed up every hour to an external drive. This works great for me because the backup happens transparently. And I feel safe that the data is protected. All I need to do afterward is to make sure that all the important files are either on the Desktop or in the Libraries. Implementing File History for small businesses For a small business owner who manages several devices on the network, it’s important that all the devices can be configured and managed centrally rather than locally. With Windows Server 2012 Essentials, this becomes simple and worry-free. For all the Windows 8 clients connected to Windows Server 2012 Essentials, File History is automatically turned on, and by default, the data on the Desktop and in the Documents folder is backed up on an hourly basis, with the backup being stored on the server for a year. You can configure this setting in the Client computer backup settings and tools dialog box, launched from the Dashboard, Devices tab. For example, if you need more thorough protection of the user’s profile data, you can select All Libraries, Desktop, Contacts and Favorites in the Backup data field. If there’s a Windows 8 client that needs a special setting rather than the inherited global settings, you can stop managing the File History setting in the client Properties (clear the Manage File History settings check box). If a Windows 8 client’s File History is not managed by the server, you can log on to the client and specify a custom File History setting. Conclusion File History is a good supplemental backup mechanism for client computer backup: File History backs up a user’s profile data, while the client computer backup protects all the data (including apps) on the client computer. A standard user can restore files from the File History backup directly without the administrator’s help. It is easier to find the right version of the file to restore by using File History; however, if the entire client computer needs to be rebuilt, it is usually quicker to do a client computer restore to bring the computer back to its previous state. We hope you enjoy this feature and we look forward to your feedback on the forum !