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Are Smart Phones Too Expensive?

Theresa Miller - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 05:30

Opinion Piece: Are smart phones too expensive? It’s a question that has many layers behind it – but for the top end smart phone costing US$1000 and up, I wanted to look at who was still handing over their own cash to get the latest and greatest. Having my own preconceived ideas, I decided to […]

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October 2018 Windows Update Pulled After Deleting End User Files

Theresa Miller - Tue, 10/09/2018 - 05:30

As IT professionals, we often have backups of all of our critical systems. Whether it be a file server, an application server, or even a Microsoft Exchange server, we always make sure we back these servers up, and test that our backups are valid. Because we are so used to this as part of our […]

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vMotion for vGPUs

Theresa Miller - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 16:48

The introduction of vMotion for vGPUs was one of the exciting vSphere features announced at VMworld US this year. The announcements included a new vSphere edition (vSphere Platinum) and version (vSphere 6.7 Update 1). Security is the key feature of vSphere Platinum. It provides security at the hypervisor level with encryption in flight and at rest, TPM 2.0 (including virtual TPM 2.0). Access security […]

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Diagnose any kind of problem in your Virtualized Environment with Goliath Technologies!

Theresa Miller - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 13:15

Virtualized environments are complex with many moving parts that include storage, networking, server hardware, hypervisors, and more. If you have ever dealt with an IT technical problem that became a major incident, then you know how complex troubleshooting can become. Then consider a complex problem that isn’t what it seems; where at first glance the […]

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MFA with Microsoft isn’t Scary

Theresa Miller - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 05:30

Multi-factor authentication (MFA) and the eventual abandoning of password based authentication is just around the corner. Of course MFA is available on many services right now, but saying goodbye to passwords is still a work in progress. The state of MFA with Microsoft isn’t scary at all, and it could be time to dip your […]

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Who Said On-Premises Email Was Dead, Look Out Exchange Server 2019 is Here!

Theresa Miller - Tue, 09/18/2018 - 11:23

Well if you haven’t heard Exchange Server 2019 is now in public preview. During Microsoft Ignite 2017 it was announced that Exchange Server 2019 would be coming out in 2018. This announcement put away fears that Exchange Server 2016 would be the last on-premises version. Microsoft came through and released the public preview of Exchange […]

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Multi Cloud-Are we all talking about the same Multi Cloud?

Theresa Miller - Thu, 09/13/2018 - 05:30

The latest buzz word of the day is multi cloud and its usage with the enterprise. Lots of confusion and speculation but what does multi cloud really mean? Are we all talking about the same thing when we say Multi cloud? Because there are different cloud services offering types the meaning of multi cloud can […]

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Your VMworld US 2018 Recap, Announcements and Sessions

Theresa Miller - Tue, 09/11/2018 - 05:30

VMware took the stage once again in Las Vegas in August 2018 as another VMworld came and went which was loaded with announcements and content.  Lots of updates were shared for existing products as well as new products and even a brand new acquisition.  Not only were there lots of technical content and and update […]

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Everything You Need To Know About VMworld 2018

Theresa Miller - Tue, 08/28/2018 - 05:30

Once again, it is time for VMworld! VMworld 2018 is taking place in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay hotel RIGHT NOW! Here is everything you need to know to have a great time. One of the things everyone is most excited about when it comes to VMworld is always the new announcements from VMware. […]

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Workstations in the Cloud? Let’s take a look at Citrix Cloud and VMWare Horizon Cloud

Theresa Miller - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 05:30

VDI workstation virtualization is a common approach for corporate desktop and application access, and it allows IT to centralize information in the corporate datacenter.  These approaches allow for some key business benefits, with the biggest being mobility. Users can work from anywhere and at anytime, allowing for a great amount of flexibility of work teams. […]

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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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