(RDS) Tip of the Day: Plan and design your Remote Desktop Services environment

Today’s Tip… A highly scalable Remote Desktop deployment requires the use of specific patterns and practices. Designing for optimal performance and scale-out is key. Use the scenarios below to help you envision, architect, and continually refine your deployment. Use the following information to plan and design your deployment: VDI vs. session-based Personal or pooled desktops…

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(RDS) Tip of the Day: Upgrading your Remote Desktop Services deployments to Windows Server 2016

Today’s Tip… Supported OS upgrades with RDS role installed Upgrades to Windows Server 2016 are supported only from Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2016. Flow for deployment upgrades In order to keep the down-time to a minimum, it is best to follow the steps below:   RD Connection Broker servers should be the…

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(RDS) Tip of the Day: Options for migrating out of Azure RemoteApp

Today’s Tip… If you have stopped using Azure RemoteApp because of the retirement announcement or because you’ve finished your evaluation, you need to migrate off of Azure RemoteApp to another app service. There are two different approaches for migrating: a self-managed (often called Infrastructure as a Service [IaaS]) deployment or a fully managed (often called…

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Tip of the Day: What's New in Hyper-V Networking: Switch Embedded Teaming (SET)

Today’s Tip…   Background NIC teaming, also known as Load Balancing/Failover (LBFO), allows multiple network adapters to be placed into a team for the purposes of Bandwidth aggregation, and/or Traffic failover to maintain connectivity in the event of a network component failure. This feature has long been available from NIC vendors but until Windows Server…

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(RDS) Tip of the Day: Partnership Update: Microsoft & Citrix

Today’s Tip… Ever since Microsoft and Citrix announced a significant reinvigoration to our long-standing partnership at Citrix Synergy in May, things have been very busy. At today’s Citrix Summit event, Scott Guthrie (the EVP of Microsoft’s Cloud + Enterprise organization and my boss) and Kirill Tatarinov (Citrix CEO and President) shared an update on the…

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Tip of the Day: Windows Server 2016 DNS - Deploying a File-Based DNS Server on Nano

Today’s Tip… You can deploy the DNS server role in Windows Server 2016 on a Nano Server image. Because the Domain Controller role is not supported on Nano Server, the DNS server cannot host AD-integrated DNS zones; the DNS server will therefore use file-based DNS zones only. Administration of DNS, like all other Nano features,…

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(Cloud) Tip of the Day: Configurable Token Lifetimes

Today’s Tip… Released to GA on January 6th, Configurable Token Lifetimes allow an Administrator or Developer to specify the lifetimes of tokens issued by Azure AD. Token lifetimes can be configured for all apps in an organization, for a multi-tenant (multi-organization) application, or for a specific Service Principal in an organization. For more information review…

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Tip of the Day: Windows Server 2016 DHCP: Combatting DDNS Registration Failures

Today’s Tip… Dynamic DNS name registration failures or delays is a common problem in environments where the updates are managed by a DHCP server.  Common causes for the problem include misconfigurations, specifically the failure to create a required reverse-lookup zones, which result in the DHCP servers update queue getting backed up. Both Windows Server 2016…

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(Cloud) Tip of the Day: Certificate Based Authentication

Today’s Tip… Certificate Based Authentication, released to GA on December 14th, enables Users to be authenticated by Azure Active Directory with a client certificate on an Android or iOS device when connecting their Exchange online account to: Office mobile applications such as Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Word Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) clients Configuring this feature eliminates…

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Tip of the Day: Active Memory Dump

Today’s Tip… There’s a new type of memory dump that filters out a bunch of stuff (where stuff = pages not important in diagnosing most issues), making the dump file much smaller and easier to save and /or copy. It has been described as “more compact than a complete memory dump, while containing ‘active memory’…

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