Good to know’s – Remote Desktop (Terminal Services)

So I got the Halo 4 collectors edition…

Got an awesome Halo 4 necklace and everything – but I couldn’t play at all because of some crazy ants in my wrists…. ūüė¶


Remote Desktop previously Terminal Server?
I like big changes and small features. If you want to know about the big changes you can always find everything you need to know about What’s new in Windows Server 2012 by visiting Technet.

Small things need to know that has been around for some time is Remote Desktop (Terminal Services) Protocol 8.0 that is available for Windows 7 SP1 (and Windows 8 of course)
And again, there are a number of great pages where you can read more, I suggest you visist the remote desktop services blog and read more about the Windows 7 update.














When you connect using the desktop version of remote desktop Connection (mstsc.exe) in Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012, you can right-click at the top bar and click Smart sizing to automatically expand the remote desktop session window so you won’t need to (elder) scroll¬†to navigate.
Though it seems that mstsc for Windows 7 SP1 with the 8.0 update doesn’t show the option Smart sizing in the navigation pane for some reason…? And if that is the case you can¬†configure smart sizing by running¬†mstsc, click Show Options, select Save As, navigate to your saved .rdp file, select open with notepad,¬†and add smart sizing:i:1¬†at the end of the file and save it.



And then there’s the Windows 8 Remote Desktop application!


It’s a nice little application (WWAhost.exe) if you want to log on to two or three more servers remotely (… if you need to manage more than three servers, say 42, you should use Server Manager in Windows Server 2012 instead.) But if you are using vdi, remoteapp etc and you are using a tablet-surface-Windows 8-touch-device it’s great.


PLUS (and trust me, with all that short-cut-keying and app switching between fullscreens) you can use the new Remote desktop application in snap mode so that you can run either more Windows 8 applications or desktop applications with your sessions listed on the right side of the screen:

Windows 8 Remote Desktop














And in Remote Desktop, if you right-click a Recent machine and select edit


you can view the settings for each machine if you switch the setting to apply for all machines to off.



















User data migration with USMT – where what how

I don’t like long explanations, directory locations or long talks on the phone. I enjoy long walks in the forest or long concerts.
So if you want to use USMT version (while I am writing this) it’s version 6.2.9200.16384 *version 5.0) there is a pretty Technet blog post¬†that explain more about¬†USMT 5.0 vs 4.0 etc… but wait, it says USMT 5.0 in the blog post title,¬†but¬†the¬†post¬†refers to USMT 4.0
Then there’s always the User State Migration Tool (USMT) Technical Reference¬†or 113000 hits on google containing the words USMT and Video.

So¬†you don’t really need this just-another-blog-post do you ūüôā
I just want to tell you TWO THINGS about USMT that I wanted to know:
1. Where the hell is the commandline USMT located
2. How do I extract a .mig file (usmt.mig)

Well, the command line version of USMT is installed in the following folder when you download and install Microsoft ADK

USMT location after installing ADK (Assessment and Deployment Kit)

…and I¬†don’t won’t to call usmtutils.exe from
C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\8.0\Assessment and deployment kit\User State Migration Tool\amd64… *phew* every time SO I copied the necessary files from¬†C:\Program Files\Bla\Bla\Bla\User State Bla\amd64 to C:\USMT instead.
After doing that there will be a usmtutils.log file in C:\USMT when you run the command usmtutils.exe /? and a short explanation is displayed in the command prompt.

Needed dlls when copying usmtutils.exe to other locations

So now I can extract an usmt.mig file with usmtutils.exe by executing the following

msutils.exe /extract c:\usmt\mig\USMT.MIG C:\usmt\extract

Windows Server 2012 and Internet Explorer 10

Feeling stressed lately, giving up, downloading Chrome on Windows Server 2012 to download tools in your Windows Server 2012 lab environment?
I know how you feel, it’s a bit frustrating when you try to download files in Internet Explorer, you add the page to trusted websites, lower the security levels for the internet zone, turn off protected mode and still you are presented by The big white

Caution: When downloading files from Internet Explorer you need to ask yourself – what am I downloading and Why, am I only installing Chrome because I want to download Acrobat Reader, why am I installing Acrobat Reader on A SERVER?

The Solution is Knowledge!

If Internet Explorer Enchanced Security is Enabled – File downloads from the Internet Zone is turned off.

But for Lab/Testing/Iwillnotusethisinproduction you can turn off Internet Explorer Enchanded Security:
Open Server Manager, go to Dashboard, click Configure this local server, and in the properties section next to IE Enhanced Security Configuration click the ON and select OFF.
If you want to read more about enchanced security features in Windows Server 2012 and IE visit this webpage and read it.
BUT if you follow the instructions on the mentioned page and open IEs default page to find out more about Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration by clicking the link, you will most likely be presented with “This page can’t be displayed”.
Solution: Note the url res://ieframe.dll/IESecHelp.htm – if you change it to iesetup instead of ieframe.dll…etc you will access the correct help page.