Monthly Archives: November 2014

Easy user to user shadowing in RD 2012 R2

The problem: After migrating some users to RDS servers running Windows Server 2012 R2, they realised that they are no longer able to shadow each others’ sessions. Research indicated that this would be difficult to get around for a couple of reasons;

  1. Shadowing users can only be done via Server Manager – there is no ‘tsadmin.msc’ which can be given to users as a shortcut
  2. Some hard to grant permissions are required in order to query the RD Connection Broker without being granted Domain Admin privileges

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Printing in Remote Desktop 2012 R2

The problem(s): Oh, the problems. Out of the last 3 RDS deployments on Windows Server 2012 R2 I’ve been involved with, precisely all of them have had problems with network printers. Some of the issues you might face;

  • Printing from Adobe Reader will occasionally give users the following error
  • The horrorDuplicate printers which you cannot remove
  • You can set the default printer, but it will not display the default printer ‘tick’ icon
  • The default printer setting may not be retained, or the printers may not map correctly for all users on logon

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Updating default printers with Powershell

The problem: Due to issues with network printing on Windows Server 2012 R2, I decided to move from network printers to local printers on each of my client’s Remote Desktop servers. To make the transition easier for users, I needed to find a way to change the users’ default printers automatically to the local printers.

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