Remote Desktop Connection Tips

OK, so I’m probably the last person on the planet to learn of this feature, but on the left side of Remote Desktop Connection (MSTSC.exe) there’s a drop-down that exposes features for Windows 8, 8.1, Server 2012 and Server 2012 R2.

Drop-down for Windows 8 in latest RDP client

This is helpful when you’re on a Win8.x or 2012/R2 machine, RDPed into another machine and you’re not sure if (when you mouse up to the top-right or bottom-right) if you’re popping up the charms menu for your machine or the remote machine.

Also, speaking of Remote Desktop, there are 2 pieces to the puzzle:

  • Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) – server
  • Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) – client

Below are the current versions and key features.

RDP 8.0 update (10/23/2012)
Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2592687 

  • RemoteFX for WAN
  • RemoteFX Network Auto Detect
  • RemoteFX Adaptive Graphics
  • RemoteFX Media Streaming
  • RemoteFX USB Redirection for non-RemoteFX vGPU virtual desktops
  • Support for nested sessions
  • Performance counters for monitoring user experience

RDC 8.1 update (2/10/2014)
Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2
http://support.microsoft.com/KB/2830477

  • Full support of transparent windows
  • Moves and resizes of RemoteApp windows
  • Thumbnails, aero peek, and live taskbar
  • Dynamic monitor and resolution changes
  • Support for session shadowing
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Free eBook: Introducing Windows 8.1 for IT Professionals

Free eBook: Introducing Windows 8.1 for IT ProfessionalsTitle: Introducing Windows 8.1 for IT Professionals
Author: Ed Bott
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Published: 10/14/2013
Pages: 136
ISBN: 978-0-7356-8427-0
PDF: Microsoft Press ebook Introducing Windows ITPro PDF.pdf
Size: 9.3 MB
Price: FREE
Download URL: Click here for download

OTHER FORMATS

  • ePUB – coming soon (same URL above).
  • Mobi (Kindle) – coming soon (same URL above).
  • Hard copy – available from Amazon.com on 11/04/2013 for $8.99 US.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  1. An overview of Windows 8.1
  2. The Windows 8.1 user experience
  3. Deploying Windows 8.1
  4. Security in Windows 8.1
  5. Internet Explorer 11
  6. Delivering Windows Store apps
  7. Recovery options in Windows 8.1
  8. Windows 8.1 and networks
  9. Virtualization in Windows 8.1
  10. Windows RT 8.1
  11. Managing mobile devices

DESCRIPTION

The goal in this book is to help you on the upgrade path by presenting the
facts and features about Windows 8.1 as clearly as possible. If you’ve been living in an environment built around a previous version of Windows, you have a lot to absorb in the transition to Windows 8.1. This book tries to lay out those facts in as neutral a fashion as possible, starting with an overview of the operating system, explaining the many changes to the user experience, and diving deep into deployment and management tools where it’s necessary.

By design, this book focuses on things that are new, with a special emphasis on
topics of interest to IT pros. So you might find fewer tips and tricks about the new user experience than your users want but more about management, deployment, and security—which ultimately is what matters to the long-term well-being of the company you work for.

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Windows 8.1 Pricing and Packaging Announced

The General Availability (GA) date for the public to purchase Windows 8.1 is just around the corner: Friday October 18, 2013.

Microsoft has released more detailed information about the pricing and packaging of Windows 8.1:

PRICING

  • Windows 8.1 $119.99 ERP (US)
  • Windows 8.1 Pro $199.99 ERP (US)
  • Windows 8.1 Pro Pack $99.99 ERP (US)
  • Windows Media Center add-on for 8.1 Pro $9.99 (US)
  • Upgrade from 8.0 to 8.1 Free (via Windows Store download)

PACKAGING

Windows 8.1 box shots

UPGRADE OPTIONS

  • Windows 8.0 to 8.1 in-place-upgrade – Yes
  • Windows 8.1 to 8.1 Pro – Yes with Windows 8.1 Pro Pack
  • Windows 7 to 8.1 upgrade – documents will be saved, applications will have to be reinstalled
  • Windows Vista to 8.1 upgrade – No, clean install required
  • Windows XP to 8.1 upgrade – No, clean install required

WHAT’S NEW IN WINDOWS 8.1

TechNet talks about what’s new in Windows 8.1 and the Windows blog has listed more than 20 new and improved Microsoft apps and services.

LEARN MORE ABOUT WINDOWS 8.1

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Updated List of OS Version Queries for WMI Filters

Group PolicyMore likely than not, if you’re using Group Policy to push out software installation or registry entries to client machines or servers on the domain, the policy may be different depending on the OS version or architecture.

Examples, Group Policy Objects may need to be filtered by:

  • Desktop / Server
  • Domain Controller / Non-Domain Controller
  • 32-bit / 64-bit

If you haven’t used WMI filters before, they show up in Group Policy Management at the bottom, between Group Policy Objects and Starter GPOs.

Common OS WMI Filters

The WMI filters use a query to scope down the application of the Group Policy Object applicability. Here’s what a typical WMI OS filter looks like:

WMI filter

select * from Win32_OperatingSystem WHERE Version like "6.1%" AND ProductType="1" AND OSArchitecture = "64-bit"

WMI Win32_OperatingSystem ProductType Tips:

ProductType 1 = Desktop OS

ProductType 2 = Server OS – Domain Controller

ProductType 3 = Server OS – Not a Domain Controller

WMI Win32_OperatingSystem Version Number Tips:

5.1 – Windows XP

5.2 – Windows Server 2003

5.2.3 – Windows Server 2003 R2

6.0 – Windows Vista & Windows Server 2008

6.1 – Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 R2

6.2 – Windows 8 & Windows Server 2012

6.3 – Windows 8.1 & Windows Server 2012 R2

To create your own WMI filters, here is an updated list of WMI filter queries from Window XP – Windows 8.1 and from Server 2003 to Server 2012 R2.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER:
Always test your Group Policies and WMI filters before deploying.

DESKTOPS

ANY WINDOWS DESKTOP OS

  • Any Windows Desktop OS – Version 1
    select * from Win32_OperatingSystem WHERE ProductType = "1"
  • Any Windows Desktop OS – Version 2 (better for Win7 sometimes)
    select * from Win32_OperatingSystem WHERE (ProductType <> "2") AND (ProductType <> "3")
  • Any Windows Desktop OS – 32-bit
    select * from Win32_OperatingSystem WHERE ProductType = "1" AND NOT OSArchitecture = "64-bit"
  • Any Windows Desktop OS – 64-bit
    select * from Win32_OperatingSystem WHERE ProductType = "1" AND OSArchitecture = "64-bit"

WINDOWS XP

  • Windows XP
    select * from Win32_OperatingSystem WHERE (Version like "5.1%" or Version like "5.2%") AND ProductType="1"
  • Windows XP – 32-bit
    select * from Win32_OperatingSystem WHERE (Version like "5.1%" or Version like "5.2%") AND ProductType="1" AND NOT OSArchitecture = "64-bit"
  • Windows XP – 64-bit
    select * from Win32_OperatingSystem WHERE (Version like "5.1%" or Version like "5.2%") AND ProductType="1" AND OSArchitecture = "64-bit"

WINDOWS VISTA

  • Windows Vista
    select * from Win32_OperatingSystem WHERE Version like "6.0%" AND ProductType="1"
  • Windows Vista – 32-bit
    select * from Win32_OperatingSystem WHERE Version like "6.0%" AND ProductType="1" AND NOT OSArchitecture = "64-bit"
  • Windows Vista – 64-bit
    select * from Win32_OperatingSystem WHERE Version like "6.0%" AND ProductType="1" AND OSArchitecture = "64-bit"

WINDOWS 7

  • Windows 7
    select * from Win32_OperatingSystem WHERE Version like "6.1%" AND ProductType="1"
  • Windows 7 – 32-bit
    select * from Win32_OperatingSystem WHERE Version like "6.1%" AND ProductType="1" AND NOT OSArchitecture = "64-bit"
  • Windows 7 – 64-bit
    select * from Win32_OperatingSystem WHERE Version like "6.1%" AND ProductType="1" AND OSArchitecture = "64-bit"

WINDOWS 8

  • Windows 8
    select * from Win32_OperatingSystem WHERE Version like "6.2%" AND ProductType="1"
  • Windows 8 – 32-bit
    select * from Win32_OperatingSystem WHERE Version like "6.2%" AND ProductType="1" AND NOT OSArchitecture = "64-bit"
  • Windows 8 – 64-bit
    select * from Win32_OperatingSystem WHERE Version like "6.2%" AND ProductType="1" AND OSArchitecture = "64-bit"

WINDOWS 8.1

  • Windows 8.1
    select * from Win32_OperatingSystem WHERE Version like "6.3%" AND ProductType="1"
  • Windows 8.1 – 32-bit
    select * from Win32_OperatingSystem WHERE Version like "6.3%" AND ProductType="1" AND NOT OSArchitecture = "64-bit"
  • Windows 8.1 – 64-bit
    select * from Win32_OperatingSystem WHERE Version like "6.3%" AND ProductType="1" AND OSArchitecture = "64-bit"

 

SERVERS

ANY WINDOWS SERVER OS

  • Any Windows Server OS
    select * from Win32_OperatingSystem where (ProductType = "2") OR (ProductType = "3")
  • Any Windows Server OS – 32-bit
    select * from Win32_OperatingSystem where (ProductType = "2") OR (ProductType = "3") AND NOT OSArchitecture = "64-bit"
  • Any Windows Server OS – 64-bit
    select * from Win32_OperatingSystem where (ProductType = "2") OR (ProductType = "3") AND OSArchitecture = "64-bit"
  • Any Windows Server – Domain Controller
    select * from Win32_OperatingSystem where (ProductType = "2")
  • Any Windows Server – Domain Controller – 32-bit
    select * from Win32_OperatingSystem where (ProductType = "2") AND NOT OSArchitecture = "64-bit"
  • Any Windows Server – Domain Controller – 64-bit
    select * from Win32_OperatingSystem where (ProductType = "2") AND OSArchitecture = "64-bit"
  • Any Windows Server – Non-Domain Controller
    select * from Win32_OperatingSystem where (ProductType = "3")
  • Any Windows Server – Non- Domain Controller – 32-bit
    select * from Win32_OperatingSystem where (ProductType = "3") AND NOT OSArchitecture = "64-bit"
  • Any Windows Server – Non-Domain Controller – 64-bit
    select * from Win32_OperatingSystem where (ProductType = "3") AND OSArchitecture = "64-bit"

WINDOWS SERVER 2003

  • Windows Server 2003 – DC
    select * from Win32_OperatingSystem WHERE Version like "5.2%" AND ProductType="2"
  • Windows Server 2003 – non-DC
    select * from Win32_OperatingSystem WHERE Version like "5.2%" AND ProductType="3"
  • Windows Server 2003 – 32-bit – DC
    select * from Win32_OperatingSystem WHERE Version like "5.2%" AND ProductType="2" AND NOT OSArchitecture = "64-bit"
  • Windows Server 2003 – 32-bit – non-DC
    select * from Win32_OperatingSystem WHERE Version like "5.2%" AND ProductType="3" AND NOT OSArchitecture = "64-bit"
  • Windows Server 2003 – 64-bit – DC
    select * from Win32_OperatingSystem WHERE Version like "5.2%" AND ProductType="2" AND OSArchitecture = "64-bit"
  • Windows Server 2003 – 64-bit – non-DC
    select * from Win32_OperatingSystem WHERE Version like "5.2%" AND ProductType="3" AND OSArchitecture = "64-bit"

WINDOWS SERVER 2003 R2

  • Windows Server 2003 R2 – DC
    select * from Win32_OperatingSystem WHERE Version like "5.2.3%" AND ProductType="2"
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 – non-DC
    select * from Win32_OperatingSystem WHERE Version like "5.2.3%" AND ProductType="3"
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 – 32-bit – DC
    select * from Win32_OperatingSystem WHERE Version like "5.2.3%" AND ProductType="2" AND NOT OSArchitecture = "64-bit"
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 – 32-bit – non-DC
    select * from Win32_OperatingSystem WHERE Version like "5.2.3%" AND ProductType="3" AND NOT OSArchitecture = "64-bit"
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 – 64-bit – DC
    select * from Win32_OperatingSystem WHERE Version like "5.2.3%" AND ProductType="2" AND OSArchitecture = "64-bit"
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 – 64-bit – non-DC
    select * from Win32_OperatingSystem WHERE Version like "5.2.3%" AND ProductType="3" AND OSArchitecture = "64-bit"

WINDOWS SERVER 2008

  • Windows Server 2008DC
    select * from Win32_OperatingSystem WHERE Version like "6.0%" AND ProductType="2"
  • Windows Server 2008 – non-DC
    select * from Win32_OperatingSystem WHERE Version like "6.0%" AND ProductType="3"
  • Windows Server 2008 – 32-bit – DC
    select * from Win32_OperatingSystem WHERE Version like "6.0%" AND ProductType="2" AND NOT OSArchitecture = "64-bit"
  • Windows Server 2008 – 32-bit – non-DC
    select * from Win32_OperatingSystem WHERE Version like "6.0%" AND ProductType="3" AND NOT OSArchitecture = "64-bit"
  • Windows Server 2008 – 64-bit – DC
    select * from Win32_OperatingSystem WHERE Version like "6.0%" AND ProductType="2" AND OSArchitecture = "64-bit"
  • Windows Server 2008 – 64-bit – non-DC
    select * from Win32_OperatingSystem WHERE Version like "6.0%" AND ProductType="3" AND OSArchitecture = "64-bit"

WINDOWS SERVER 2008 R2

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 – 64-bit – DC
    select * from Win32_OperatingSystem WHERE Version like "6.1%" AND ProductType="2"
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 – 64-bit – non-DC
    select * from Win32_OperatingSystem WHERE Version like "6.1%" AND ProductType="3"

WINDOWS SERVER 2012

  • Windows Server 2012 – 64-bit – DC
    select * from Win32_OperatingSystem WHERE Version like "6.2%" AND ProductType="2"
  • Windows Server 2012 – 64-bit – non-DC
    select * from Win32_OperatingSystem WHERE Version like "6.2%" AND ProductType="3"

WINDOWS SERVER 2012 R2

  • Windows Server 2012 R2 – 64-bit – DC
    select * from Win32_OperatingSystem WHERE Version like "6.3%" AND ProductType="2"
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 – 64-bit – non-DC
    select * from Win32_OperatingSystem WHERE Version like "6.3%" AND ProductType="3"
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Windows Server 2012 R2 and 8.1 RTM on MSDN/TechNet

Per this blog announcement, the final bits of the next wave of Windows products are available on MSDN & TechNet.

Windows Server 2012 R2 - RTM

Note: General Availability (GA) to the public for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 is Friday, October 18, 2013.

MSDN

Windows Server 2012 R2 and 8.1 RTM on MSDN

TechNet

Windows Server 2012 R2 and 8.1 RTM on TechNet

Windows 8.1

  • Windows 8.1 (multiple editions) (x86) – DVD (English)
    File size: 2,780 MB
    File name: en_windows_8_1_x86_dvd_2707392.iso
    SHA1: 802CFCD3A411D99C097EA7E747F0B6697F9BDAC4
     
  • Windows 8.1 (multiple editions) (x64) – DVD (English)
    File size: 3,719 MB
    File name: en_windows_8_1_x64_dvd_2707217.iso
    SHA1: BC2F7FF5C91C9F0F8676E39E703085C65072139B

Windows Server 2012 R2

  • Windows Server 2012 R2 (x64) – DVD (English)
    File size: 4,071 MB
    File name: en_windows_server_2012_r2_x64_dvd_2707946.iso
    SHA1: B6F063436056510357CB19CB77DB781ED9C11DF3
     
  • Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 (x64) – DVD (English)
    File size: 1,917 MB
    File name: en_microsoft_hyper-v_server_2012_r2
    _x64_dvd_2708236.iso
    SHA1: 1EEC2EE8DD77E8EB970B210C9B0E01986D7210DD
     
  • Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Foundation (x64) – DVD (English)
    File size: 3,860 MB
    File name: en_windows_storage_server_2012_r2_and_windows
    _server_2012_r2_foundation_x64_dvd_2708426.iso
    SHA1: E3F320EACACFC7F2B000D3E6B02872133BCA547C
     
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials (x64) – DVD (English)
    File size: 3,861 MB
    File name: en_windows_server_2012_r2_essentials_x64
    _dvd_2707177.iso
    SHA1: 8A4CB96563DDA4F1BF637E57A992F3255D56B6F8
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Windows 8.1 RT Preview Available

You can now download and install the Windows 8.1 RT Preview on your Microsoft Surface device. The download is 2.19 GB. Screenshot below:

Windows 8.1 RT Preview

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