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

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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Remote Desktop web client now generally available

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

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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Remote Desktop web client preview updated with SSO

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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New performance counters diagnose user application responsiveness on Remote Desktop Session Hosts

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 15:00

This post is authored byGus Catalano, Senior Software Engineer, Remote Desktop Services.

We’re excited to announce a new feature that allows system administrators to diagnose application responsiveness problems in Remote Desktop Session Host (RDSH) with ease. We’re introducing two new counters, User Input Delay per Process and User Input Delay per Session, to give you a new way to more precisely analyze responsiveness issues. You can use these counters, along with other metrics like CPU and Disk I/O, to find out why an application is being slow or unresponsive. The following screenshot shows an example of the counter in an overloaded system. In this example, the counter indicates that application performance across all sessions decreases as more users log in.

To learn more about how the counters work and how you can use them to improve user experience in your system, follow our Microsoft docs guidance.

Third parties can consume these counters in their monitoring solutions using the popular Perfmon API.

Use this feature today by downloading the Windows Server 2019 Insider Preview Build 17650. Registered Insiders may navigate directly to the Windows Server Insider Preview download page. If you have not yet registered as an Insider, see Getting Started with Server on the Windows Insiders for Business portal.

Share your feedback

Submit feedback through the feedback hub for this feature by selecting Apps > All other apps and mentioning RDS performance countersperformance monitor in your post’s title.

For general feature ideas, visit our UserVoice page.

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