Life changes

Over the past few months, there have been a lot of changes in our family.First, we celebrated the birth of our first child in April. There’s quite a long story behind our journey to parenthood, but we are happy and blessed to have our son with us. Secondly, over the past 6-8 months, I’ve felt a stirring to begin a change in career. Just like everyone who’s ever changed jobs, there were certainly multiple factors to my desire for the next step. The first key for me was realizing that I was on autopilot. Some of you have spent time on this site discussing RDS implementations and issues, and once our implementation was done, due to...

Kiosk Mode for Windows + SSO for RDP (part 2)

Last time we looked at Kiosk Mode for WES 7. This can also be used for Windows 7 Professional installs, and I plan to test with XP in the future. That could help provide low-cost kiosks for almost any scenario (libraries, church public use PCs, etc). Today, however, I wanted to go through my struggles with SSO with RDS. My initial thought was that I didn’t want any prompt on the user screen, I wanted the ‘typical’ Windows Server 2008 R2 login screen as shown below. However, with NLA or any RDP security enabled on the RDS Session Host or the RDS Connection Broker, you have to authenticate first before you get to this logon prompt. With my original...

Kiosk Mode for Windows + SSO for RDP (part 1)

This will be a multi-part series on implementing thin clients (or thick clients) with a kiosk mode connecting to an Remote Desktop Services (RDS) farm with Single Sign On (SSO).  I hope to help consolidate 12+ hours of research, testing and configuration changes over the past few weeks, with most of that being this week as we began finalizing our implementation plan for 45 new thin clients.  I hope this is helpful to someone who may be thinking about a similar project, or maybe implement items learned here for something completely different. I’ve spent quite a bit of time trying to find the solution to this problem for our thin client implementation, and only after several weeks of trial...

The Importance of [good] Project Management and Communication

I know it’s been a long time since I last posted…and for that I apologize.  Now that life has settled down a bit, I’m able to dedicate a little time to this…that being said, let’s dive right in! I am constantly reminded of the need for a client to have a good project manager, especially when working between multiple vendors.   Most software vendors have project managers that will work directly with the client on a particular project or task (depending on the size and scope of the task), but when multiple software vendors are involved, many times the customer gets lost in the shuffle if they aren’t careful to have a strong project manager....

A discussion on desktop security

Desktop security can be very frustrating for IT professionals as we try to find the delicate balance between security and user experience.  Most end users take things for granted and don’t realize the potential danger that lays in wait in advertising and other lovely pop-ups that warn of impending doom of their computer or hard drive that must be saved by this “free” software! For those that wonder how this may apply to nonprofits, just remember that productivity is just as vital (if not more) in the nonprofit world as it is in the corporate world.  Having lost time due to a virus outbreak is annoying, but lost or stolen data, downtime because your ISP has turned off your...