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Server 2012 as Terminal Server

2012 RDP 

We have just deployed a Server 2012 Terminal Server. We had a 2008r2 box that was giving issues and needed a rebuild - so thought - lets give 2012 a shot! The Server runs a classroom of 30 Axel M80G thin clients.
The benefits so far:

  • It works! So all the group policies seem to apply reliably for all users - this was an issue on the old install. Logon and off times are much faster. 
  • General video performance is better. 
  • Applications load a lot faster. 
  • The install takes up much less hard drive space. 
  • The students like the funky user interface. 

 The challenges:

  • Had to create a new mandatory profile. Did this on a clean built Win 8 Enterprise VM. 
  • Deploying the classroom Ricoh printer via Group Policy did not work. Every time a user went to print the spooler crashed. This was resolved by manually doing an admin add of the printer via IP address not name. 
  • The Axel Thin Clients needed a firmware update. The mouse pointer got stuck in one shape or simply disappeared. The latest firmware fixed this. Will post a vid in due course.
The Vid:

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