SOLVED: How To Setup RDS User Profile Disks

A User Profile Disk is simply a VHDX that is created for each user that contains their C:\USERS\<user> profile and blocks remote users from interacting with the physical disk.  This is good for security and also lets user profiles roam across different Session Hosts. Setting up User Profile Disks is easy but the thing tech’s make a mistake on is using a local path.  You MUST use a path that all of your RDS users…

SOLVED: GPOs To Lock Down Your Remote Desktop Session Host Server

If you have a Server 2016 Remote Desktop Services infrastructure, you will likely want to lock down the Sessions Hosts.  Below are some of the useful Group Policies that we suggest you apply. Note that Server 2012 and Server 2016 have the option to use something very important for security named USER PROFILE DISKS.  A User Profile Disk is a VHDX that is created for each user.  That Virtual Hard Disk contains their C:\USERS\ profile…

SOLVED: How to Create a .PFX Certificate File

I needed to import a certificate into a Server 2016 RDS server but it was requesting a .PFX file I did not have, so I had a problem.  The certificate I wanted the RDS to use was already installed and functional but the RDS CONFIGURE THE DEPLOYMENT did not show the cert. How to Create a .PFX File From An Already Installed Certificate: Launch a new MMC Click START and type MMC.EXE then press the…

SOLVED: GPO’s To Disable Notifications Like Cortana, Store, Photos, News, Calendar, OneDrive, Mail & More

If you are in a corporate setting, so called “alerts” can be quite annoying to your users and you will likely want to disable them.  Unfortunately there are no native GPO’s to disable the various notifications.  Fortunately there are two very easy ways to disable notifications using GPO’s. Download an addtional ADMX template from this Technet Article .  If you do this be aware of the warning the author writes just above the end of the…

SOLVED: How To Customize Your RDS RDWeb Page

If you are running Remote Desktop Services (RDS) you likely have an /RDWeb landing page that you would like to reconfigure to make it easier for people to visit.  My RDWeb page now looks like the one on the right. If you are interested in customizing the RDWeb page, you might be interested in our easy explanation of how to eliminate the /RDWeb portion of the rds.YourDomain.com/RDWeb and change it to just rds.YourDomain.com, HERE. WARNING:…

SOLVED: How To Remove /RDWeb From The RDS Login Page URL

By default, RDS will setup yourdomain.com/RDWeb to present Work Resources like published apps to your visitors.  You can easily eliminate the need for to add /RDWeb to the URL, using a simple redirect in IIS: Launch IIS Click on DEFAULT WEBSITE Double click on HTTP REDIRECT from them middle pane Type /RDWeb into the REDIRECT REQUESTS TO THIS DESTINATION field Click APPLY (top right of the Actions Pane) Restart IIS (I like using IISRESET) Test…

SOLVED: Certificate Disappears From IIS After COMPLETE CERTIFICATE REQUEST on Server 2016

If you add a certificate to IIS Manager SERVER CERTIFICATES section using COMPLETE CERTIFICATE REQUEST that appears without error but then is not visible the next time you go to (or refresh) the SERVER CERTIFICATES, we have the answer. The problem is likely that you somehow added that certificate to your server using Certificates MMC.  This can easily happen if you are installing GoDaddy intermediate certificates.  You should only add the certificate named something like gd-g2_iis_intermediates.p7b…

SOLVED: What is Quarantine in a Server 2016 Cluster & How Can a Node be Moved Out of Quarantine?

Server 2016 introduced three new “node states” and the one that people are confused about is Quarantine.  Quarantined nodes are just that; their roles are drained to other nodes in the cluster and they are not allowed to rejoin the cluster for two hours.  The idea is to stop failing nodes from bouncing up and down (so called flapping), joining and leaving the cluster over and over again causing performance issues. Here are the things…

SOLVED: Where Are The License Keys For Server 2016 Virtual Machines AVMA?

If you have Server 2016 Data Center your server likely came with a single COA (Certificate of Authenticity) sticker containing a single DataCenter CD Key.  If you then try to use that Key to activate new Server 2016 or Server 2012 Standard VM’s it will fail.  This is because Server 2012 R2 and Server 2016 VM’s use a different activate process than previous versions of Windows Server. Server 2012 R2 and Server 2016 now use…

SOLVED: Microsoft Hyper V Network Switch Default Miniport Shows Code 39

If you see a number of ‘hardware’ failures in Device Manager in your Virtual Machines. Specifically: Hyper-V Network Switch Default Miniport, HyperV PCI Server Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware.  The driver may be corrupted or missing. (Code 39) You can safely right click and uninstall the: Microsoft Hyper-V PCI Server Microsoft Hyper-V Virtual Machine Bus Provider, and Microsoft Hyper-V Virtualization Infrastructure Driver but the Hyper-V Network Switch Default Miniport will not go.…

SOLVED: Veeam Error – Changed Block Tracking Will Not Be Used For This VM Until You Upgrade the VM Hardware to Version 8.0 or Later on Server 2016

If you have recently upgraded your HyperV Servers or Cluster to Server 2016 and you are running Veeam, you may see the following error: Changed Block Tracking Will Not Be Used For This VM Until You Upgrade the VM Hardware to Version 8.0 or Later What this means is that Veeam will only perform FULL backups and not incrementals which is a bit of a crisis for most companies. Fortunately this is easy to fix,…

SOLVED: What Is Server 2016 HyperV Integration Services DVD

If you have a Hyper V Server 2016 host, you are likely trying to ACTION > INSERT INTEGRATION SERVICES SETUP DISK like you used to.  HyperV Integration Services from Server 2016 hosts are now included in Windows Update. Here are some quick points about Server 2016 Hyper V Integration Services you might be interested in: I have found that the upgrade often does not appear in Windows Update so I download the latest Server 2016 Integration…

SOLVED: Veeam Fails on Server 2016 Cluster

If you Veeam backups are failing when connected to a new or upgraded Server 2016 cluster, you likely need to set a disk parameter to fix it.  Veeam has a KBase article on this but it skips some simple steps and does not tell you where to perform the changes… so we do, right here: Note that this will only work if you have upgraded the functional level of your cluster to Server 2016 which…