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Archive for August, 2013

RD Gateway connection fails on Windows 7

I needed to connect remotely via Remote Desktop to a Windows Server 2012 machine.

I received an rdp file that was configured to use an RD Gateway server:

Remtoe Desktop Connection | RD Gateway Server Settings

However when trying to connect from my Windows 7 laptop (x64) machine, I got the following error message:

The two computers couldn't connect in the amount of time allocated. Try connecting again. If the problem continues, contact your network administrator or technical support.

 

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Magic Filter Preview

In Enterprise environments users are often working on a remote (virtual) desktop such as when using SBC or VDI.

They typically get a full screen session, perhaps on a thin client, and have not idea that they are using a remote desktop.

The Problem
imageHowever when they press Ctrl-Alt-Delete they get either the local Security Attention Screen / Task Manager or nothing at all if it has been blocked.

Clever users know they can use alternative key combinations such as Shift-F2 for Citrix or Ctrl-Alt-End for RDS.

But that’s not the seamless experience we want to give our users, is it?

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  • PNAgent Icon Data Algorithm

    Some time ago I wrote about the PNAgent data that is stored in the registry in XML format.

    After that post Andrew Morgan asked me if I could extract the PNAgent icons from the XML data.

    That got me interested so let’s look at this data!

    If you look at XML from PNAgent the icondata as in the AppData.Details.Icon node you’ll see something like this:

    image

    Seems like the icon data is stored/encrypted in a proprietary format.

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    ClickOnce is a Microsoft technology that enables an end user to install an application from the web without administrative permissions.

    That’s great isn’t it?
    While ClickOnce may sound great to developers it’s actually a nightmare for Enterprise administrators because they try to prevent users from installing software themselves.

    ClickOnce also incorporates an Automatic Updates mechanism which means that users might run different or not tested/approved versions…

    Virtual Environments
    It get’s even worse in virtual environments such as VDI and SBC where machines are often non-persistent. Each time the users starts the application they will see a screen similar to the one below while they actually download and install it over and over again:

    SNAGHTML87937a

    If the environment is persistent, it’s not guaranteed that the user works on the same machine each day. This means that the application will be installed on every box the user ever logs onto…

    How does it work?
    In order to understand how we can best treat ClickOnce applications we need to understand how they work since MSDN documentation does not describe this in detail.

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