[There's a reason that Yoda is the unofficial mascot of SBS.  Size indeed matters not.] Surface 2 RT and Remote web access - THE OFFICIAL BLOG OF THE SBS DIVA
Fri, Nov 22 2013 22:12 bradley

Surface 2 RT and Remote web access

Just a fyi - use normal IE (not metro), put the url in the trusted site zone and in compat mode and yes, an RT device can use RWW or RWA to log into a workstation

Yes, it's a hot pink touch keyboard... it's all they had in the Microsoft store, the black ones were sold out...

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# re: Surface 2 RT and Remote web access

Saturday, November 23, 2013 2:11 AM by James Hill

"all they had"...... sure, we believe you :)

# re: Surface 2 RT and Remote web access

Saturday, November 23, 2013 2:56 AM by Robert Cohen

Susan, thanks!

# re: Surface 2 RT and Remote web access

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 11:16 PM by Caleb F

Is that the RDP resolution we should expect on RT?  No full screen?

# re: Surface 2 RT and Remote web access

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 12:57 AM by bradley

You adjust the rdp setting, it's just because I'm going from the smaller surface to a much larger monitor.

# re: Surface 2 RT and Remote web access

Sunday, December 01, 2013 12:32 AM by Robert Cohen

Susan, this was a huge help.

Found a couple of other immediate questions once I got this going with SBS 2011's remote access that I am a little puzzled over.  I couldn't find a way to get/make/download a .rdp file to click to start a new RDP/RWA/RWW session as we could do previously in Windows 7.  If I open the Remote Desktop app up directly I can see the previous connection in the drop-down but trying to connect via that just results in a "failed to connect" message consistently.

Seems the only way to connect is to go to the web page at https://remote.DOMAIN.com and log in from there.  Just makes one more step that wasn't necessary for each connect previously.  Or is the Pin this connection bar push-pin on the actual remote session a way around this?

Is there a way to pin a Desktop IE bookmark to the Metro Start page?  Tried this a couple of times and found it opened a copy of Metro IE that couldn't access the remote.DOMAIN.com site to get started.

One of the reasons I wanted to get access to the .RDP file was to see if I could set some defaults for the resolution simply to make everything larger within the RDP session. Not even sure this is the best way but the only other option I can think of is to adjust the resolution in Display to other than the recommended size or else perhaps try the More Options there to increase the size of text/objects.  Thing is the only place the size is a problem is in the RDP session so hate to ruin the resolution of the device in general.

Appreciate any experience on the subject you can share.



# re: Surface 2 RT and Remote web access

Sunday, December 01, 2013 12:41 AM by bradley

If you use the rdp app directly, you need to enter in the RDgateway settings (the url of the server in the advanced settings on the back tab_) and you need RDS cals.  Hitting the server directly via RDP means you need RDS cals.

If you go to the desktop, the normal remote desktop software is there.  The metro one won't work for what you want.

# re: Surface 2 RT and Remote web access

Sunday, December 01, 2013 6:05 PM by Robert Cohen

Susan - thought I had tried that but clearly must have used the Metro app instead.  Just found out it's possible to go directly to RDC on the desktop via mstsc (winkey + R to bring up run dialog).  Had no idea it was even possible to get a command line so will try this when client comes home from the long weekend.  

Maybe then I just need to do a "Save as..." in RDC to save the shortcut to (?) Documents or Skydrive.  Don't suppose there is a way to pin the RDC shortcut to the Metro Start page but it can be pinned to the desktop's taskbar somehow?  Won't I need access to File Explorer to locate the shortcut in desktop, though I don't think it's available?  Maybe try typing explorer.exe in the command window? Thinking out loud here but hope I'm now on the right path.  Hard for this dinosaur to grasp the new :).  Wish there was a Surface emulator to play with to check this sort of thing out ahead of time since I don't have one of my own yet.

# re: Surface 2 RT and Remote web access

Sunday, December 01, 2013 7:53 PM by bradley

I built a shortcut to RDC on the classic desktop.  I have the RT device (the other one I have in the office) boot straight to the desktop.