New MUST HAVE Remote Desktop Services Hotfixes for Windows Server 2012 R2

Greetings again, folks.

Since the time of our last RDS Hotfix/Update post, the Remote Desktop Services team at Microsoft has released additional new hotfixes for Windows Server 2012 R2 RDS deployments. All of these are considered “must have” updates to make sure that your RDS deployment on Windows Server 2012 is nice and healthy. Read on and you’ll see why.

Redirected Drives, Printers, and Ports Get Really Slow in RDS Session

When connecting with Remote Desktop Services (RDS), working on any redirected resources (drives, printers, and ports) becomes very slow.
Are users complaining about sluggish redirected drive or printer access? Apply this update.

Yikes! Blue Screen of Death “Stop Error” on Windows Server 2012 R2 Acting as Remote Desktop Session Host

On a computer that’s running Windows Server 2012 R2 and Remote Desktop Services (RDS), you may experience a Stop error with message that resembles the following:
Stop: 0x000000C2 (0000000000000007, parameter2, parameter3, parameter4)
Or:
Stop: 0x0000003B (c0000005, parameter2, parameter3, parameter4)

Obviously, if your RDSH servers are blue-screening, apply this update post haste.

Connection Broker Issues and Delays On Your Busy RDS Farm?

If there’s a significant high number of remote desktop connections that are made to a High-Availability RD Connection Broker in a short duration of time, you may encounter the following issues: 1.) The connections experience long delays, or users are never connected to the system. 2.) High CPU usage on SQL Server that’s used with High Availability-based Connection Broker.

This is a must apply update for the RDS Connection Broker on Windows Server 2012 if you’ve been running into scalability issues.

Windows Server 2012 R2 Running the Remote Desktop Gateway Role Crashes

The RD Gateway server crashes because of a conflicting operation where the user disconnects the connection at the same time when the server also ends the connection.

Apparently if a user tries to disconnect at the same time a server is trying to disconnect them on their own, the RD Gateway server goes Tango Uniform. Better apply this update.

That’s all for now.

— Your humble Microsoft RDS MVP

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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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