New Remote Desktop Services Hotfixes for Windows Server 2012 R2

Greetings folks.

The Remote Desktop Services team at Microsoft has just released several new hotfixes for Windows Server 2012 R2 RDS deployments, one of which is pretty significant:

Remote Desktop Licensing Manager
Our Old Friend, the Remote Desktop Licensing Manager.

High Importance Hotfixes

Scenario where too many users signing on can corrupt the RDS Licensing Server database.
Apparently, if there is a high volume surge of many users logging on at the same time, this can corrupt the licensing server DB. Not good!

Lower Importance Hotfixes

Remote Desktop Licensing Manager Tool corrupts reports in large farms.
Not an issue unless the report goes over 4KB in size, so this should only affect larger farms.

Disappearing RemoteApp windows
As a developer, this one fascinates me a bit. It only affects applications that temporarily disable window painting via the WM_SETREDRAW windows message. Still, if you’re having an issue with certain app windows disappearing when hosted via RemoteApp, it’s worth looking into this hotfix.

Remote Desktop Easy Print speed issues
Ahh yes, the continued bane of all RDS/Citrix admins’ existence – printing. After an OS upgrade to Windows Server 2012 R2, a new *feature* can make printing through the Easy Print driver take longer. This hotfix gives you better control over whether printing starts during or after spooling is completed.

That’s all for now.

— Your humble Microsoft RDS MVP

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