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DEFCON: key reasons for IT ops people to attend

Theresa Miller - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 11:00

It’s August, I’m in Vegas, and I’m bringing you an ITOPS view of DEFCON 24. Every year I get back to my sysadmin roots and attend DEFCON. No, I’m not a hacker, but these are some IT ops people should get exited about DEFCON. You are forced to go off the grid. I’m not a […]

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What FSLogix Cloud Cache can do for your Office 365 Deployment

Theresa Miller - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 05:30

It’s no secret that organizations that have a native Microsoft Office 365 deployment and non-persistent VDI will experience latencies when using Outlook. This will happen with the full Outlook client, because Outlook uses a cache file for email called an .ost file. The size of the .ost file is often quite large, is always changing, […]

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IT Checklist: what are your must-haves?

Theresa Miller - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 05:30

If you’ve been in IT for a while, you probably have an IT checklist of some sort. Even if you’re not working in a full-on ITIL or Six Sigma shop, there is a basic list of items that you consider and plan out for each of the applications in your environment. A Basic IT Checklist […]

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Is Speech Recognition or Dictation in Windows 10 Good Enough Yet?

Theresa Miller - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 05:30

Is Speech Recognition or Dictation in Windows 10 Good Enough Yet? In the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (1803), a new voice recognition option turned up. There was still the older ‘Windows Speech Recognition’ which has been around for a while, but Dictation https://support.microsoft.com/en-au/help/4042244/windows-10-use-dictation seems to be a more modern implementation. I couldn’t find too […]

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Microsoft Inspire 2018—Partner business opportunities hosting Windows desktops and applications on Microsoft Azure

Terminal Services team blog - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 16:00

Deployment of hosted Remote Desktop Services (RDS) environments in Microsoft Azure allows Partners to create compelling services for their customers. At Microsoft Inspire 2018, we will demonstrate how partners can build on RDS technology in Windows Server 2016 today and continue to grow their businesses by leveraging upcoming improvements in both Windows Server 2019 and the next generation Remote Desktop Services modern infrastructure (RDmi).

Introduced at Inspire 2017, RDmi will enable Microsofts Partners to reduce the cost and complexity of hosted Windows desktop and application deployments in Azure by using Microsoft Azure services like Azure Active Directory for authentication and enable enhanced security features like conditional access, multi-factor authentication, and Intelligent Security Graph.

Together, these investments offer more secure, scalable, and efficient RDS solutions.

Attend the Inspire RDS session

Attend our panel session and learn best practices from current partners for hosting Windows desktops and applications in Azure, including:

  • ASPEXCloud computing specialist and Microsoft Cloud Solution Partner.
  • CloudJumperDaaS solution specialist and Microsoft Cloud Solution Partner.
  • Lakeside SoftwareSpecialist for Workspace Analytics.
  • LiquidwareSpecialist for application layering and user environment management.

Title: Remote Desktop Services (RDS): Partner business opportunities hosting Windows desktops and applications on Microsoft Azure

Session code: AP148p

Panel speakers: Andrew Walz (CloudJumper), Ben Murphy (Lakeside Software), Jason E. Smith (Liquidware), Micha Wets (ASPEX), and Clark Nicholson (Microsoft)

Date and time: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 2:303:30 PM

Room: Mandalay BayOceanside Ballroom G

Stop by the RDS Booth

To see these new capabilities for yourself, stop by booth AI23 in the Azure Infrastructure section and gain a better understanding of new cloud-integrated architectural options. However you choose to engage with us, you will walk away understanding the fastest growing market segments and the best practices to reduce cost, complexity, and improve customer value.

Apply for the RDmi Private Preview

Want to get hands-on experience with RDmi? You can apply to participate in the RDmi Private Preview. You will be notified if you made it into the preview program shortly after applying. Please note, preview seats are limited, so not everyone who applies will get in.

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Simplify Troubleshooting your IT Healthcare Virtual Architecture with Goliath Technologies

Theresa Miller - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 05:30

Virtual architecture is complex to stand-up and deploy, and when it comes to the ability of your support team to fix an issue it needs to be done fast and when possible – proactively.  This is extremely important from the business user perspective in all organizations, but even more importantly in healthcare where there is […]

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Remote Desktop web client now generally available

Terminal Services team blog - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 19:00

Today, we are announcing the general availability of the Remote Desktop web client for Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server 2019 Preview. With a few simple PowerShell cmdlets, the client can be added to an existing Remote Desktop Services deployment, side by side with the RDWeb role.

This first release of the web client contains a core set of features to get you started in providing a simple, no-install, consistent cross-platform solution to end users who dont need some of the more advanced features from a native client.

The following features are currently available:

  • Access desktops and apps published through a feed
  • Single sign-on
  • Print to PDF file
  • Audio out
  • Full screen and dynamic resolution
  • Copy/paste text using Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V
  • Keyboard and mouse input support
  • Localized in 18 languages

The web client is supported on Edge, IE11+, Chrome, Firefox, and Safari browsers for desktop platforms like Windows, macOS, Chromebook, and Linux.

Excited and just want to get started now?

Head over to our installation instructions page to learn about the new PowerShell cmdlets now available in the gallery. These cmdlets make it easy to deploy, configure, and maintain the web client.

Curious about how your end users will access the Remote Desktop web client? Read Access the Remote Desktop web client for an overview of the client and its functionality.

Want to know when a new version is available and what it contains?

Here are a few ways you can keep track of new developments for the web client:

  • Twitter: Like to keep on top of tech news through social media? Follow @msremotedesktop on Twitter.
  • PowerShell: Scripts are the way to go? You can use our PowerShell cmdlets to query for the latest version and take action.
  • Documentation: Want to learn about the changes in each version? Consult our Whats new page for all the details.
Think the web client can be improved?

Send us your thoughts. This release is only the beginning, and we want to enable much more functionality with the web client as time goes on. Weve already gathered some feedback from the public previewbut we want to hear from you. Head over to our suggestion box to vote for new features youd like to see added or request your own.

Come see us at Microsoft Inspire

Are you one of our partners attending Microsoft Inspire in Las Vegas this week? Then stop by booth AI23 Monday through Wednesday in the Azure Infrastructure section for a live demo, ask some questions, or just say Hi.

You can also learn more about Remote Desktop Services in Azure by attending our live session:

  • Title: Remote Desktop Services (RDS): Partner business opportunities hosting Windows desktops and applications on Microsoft Azure
  • Code: AP148p
  • Timeslot: Wednesday, July 18, 2:303:30 PM
  • Room: Oceanside Ballroom G
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Deprecation of the Remote Desktop 8.0 client for macOS

Terminal Services team blog - Fri, 07/13/2018 - 15:00

The Microsoft Remote Desktop 10 client for macOS with its redesigned user experience and new code base has been available in the App Store since last November and the feedback has been incredible, helping us continuously improve the client.

As more and more customers have switched to the new client for their daily usage, we are now preparing to retire the older Microsoft Remote Desktop 8.0 version from the App Store. To that end, on September 1, 2018, version 8.0 will be retired and only version 10 will remain available for download.

If you are one of our macOS customers, now is the time to download the new version, test all familiar scenarios, and give us feedback for any issues or concerns you might have before September.

Submit your feedback through Help > Report an issue in the client or request additional functionality via our UserVoice Suggestion box. We look forward to your feedback, comments, and help in ensuring the new client meets all your needs.

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Your Guide to Secure Web Browsing

Theresa Miller - Thu, 07/12/2018 - 05:30

For as long as many of us can remember we have been starting our World Wide Web journeys by typing http://. If you have not already noticed, many sites now require https:// to access them. As a refresher, recall that HTTP actually stands for hyper text transfer protocol, and when we add an S on […]

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Remote Desktop web client preview updated with SSO

Terminal Services team blog - Mon, 07/09/2018 - 16:58

One of the most resounding pieces of feedback we received from the Remote Desktop web client public preview is to remove the credentials prompt when launching a connection. We decided to squeeze that in before general availability and today a new version (0.9.0) is available for validation and feedback.

While we were at it, we also updated the sign-in experience:

New sign-in experience for the web client.

The client also moved to a new URL as part of the update: https://<server FQDN>/RDWeb/webclient/index.html.

Information about the full list of changes in the new release can be found on the What’s new for the Remote Desktop web client? page.

Note: If youre already using the public preview, there are additional steps needed to move to 0.9.0:

  • Uninstall the client and module.
  • Install the new module.
  • Deploy the broker cert.
  • Download and publish the new client.

All of these steps can be found in our installation instructions.

Call to action!

Update your web client to version 0.9.0 or give the client a first look by following the documentation to install and publish the web client using PowerShell. The client can be deployed in production and feedback can be sent to the product team using the Support Email on the About page.

The web client is supported on both Windows Server 2016 and the upcoming Windows Server 2019 now available in the Insider program.

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Getting Started with VDI, here’s what you NEED to know

Theresa Miller - Tue, 07/03/2018 - 05:30

It can be confusing to consider the many options available for application and workstation virtualization especially when getting started with VDI.  VDI is yet another common virtualization technology option that would be important to take a close look at if your enterprise has any need for desktop virtualization.  If you were an early adopter of […]

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Mental health in the IT industry

Theresa Miller - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 05:30

*** Warning: This post and the links in it contain content relating to mental health, depression and burnout. If you or someone you know needs help, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ on 1800 273 8255 ***   In the news recently, we’ve seen the high-profile deaths of some well-known names. With IT being […]

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Your Guide to Cisco Live 2018 in Orlando, Florida!

Theresa Miller - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 05:30

This week is the annual Cisco Live conference, where the attendees are spending the time with their favorite Disney and Universal characters in Orlando, Florida!  Beyond the superheroes and animated characters, let’s take a look at what this conference has for technical attendees, and what opportunities the conference provides. First of all, the conference is […]

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Everything to the Cloud! How Uila can help with your Pre-migration Assessment

Theresa Miller - Thu, 05/31/2018 - 05:30

Whether your organization will be moving everything to the cloud or not, most organizations are looking at what it means to migrate at least some of their applications or workloads.  Interdependencies may force organizations to run in a hybrid configuration where some infrastructure is on-premises, but a majority of the workload is now running in […]

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Microsoft has announced a few changes to the future of the Office suite

Theresa Miller - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 05:30

Microsoft has announced a few changes to the future of the Office suite that most IT people will need to understand for the future of the environment they manage. If you’re looking after a decent sized IT environment, then you’re probably also looking after Microsoft Office, and it’s probably one of the most important apps […]

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Microsoft Build’s hidden IT Pro announcements

Theresa Miller - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 05:30

Microsoft Build is the annual gathering of the software developer community who are focused on the Microsoft platform, held recently. An event to rival Microsoft Ignite, it also is a chance for Microsoft to make some big product announcements. For this reason, it’s worth it for IT Pros to also look at the event coverage […]

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Three New vSphere 6.7 Features That Make the Upgrade Worth It

Theresa Miller - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 05:30

VMware has a long history of innovation, with many waiting with baited breath for new vSphere releases. From Storage vMotion to the VCSA, there has been so many interesting features released over the years. Each release alone is packed full of new features that can sometimes be hard to sort through, which is why I […]

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Citrix Synergy 2018 Keynote Highlights just for you!

Theresa Miller - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 06:15

This morning we all work up to a mild earthquake to get the day started before the event today.  Thankfully just a mild rumble that quickly passed.  The energy at Citrix Synergy 2018 brings promise of a great event, and some new products to look forward to.  At the keynote there were many things uncovered, […]

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Examine information sources before you share

Theresa Miller - Sat, 05/05/2018 - 16:48

Humans transmit information using language, but how often do you stop and examine information sources for the content you consume? Originally, humans shared stories to transmit this information. Then our scholars and holy men began to write the information down. Eventually, thanks to the printing press, information that was written down could be produced and […]

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Dell Technologies World – On-Site Report

Theresa Miller - Wed, 05/02/2018 - 03:54

I’m writing this on Day 2 of Dell Technologies World 2018. The conference in this timeframe in years past was EMC World. When Dell and EMC merged, the show was named Dell EMC World. This year, the name was changed to Dell Technologies World to reflect the companies that are part of the Dell world. […]

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