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MVP 2019-2020

Honored to receive my first Microsoft MVP Award

Honored to receive my first Microsoft MVP Award

Simply said: it has been really crazy the last 2 years…

I had the chance to speak at several conferences about Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD, previously Remote Desktop modern infrastructure or RDmi), I met so many fantastic MVPs at these conferences that I admire, I got to know many people inside Microsoft Product teams and work with them (just to name a few: Clark, Eva, Christian, David, Pavithra, Roop, Loay, Bart and many more). Absolutely crazy! But so amazing and so inspiring.

I started to use Twitter more and more, I started to write blogposts, I’m helping the MS Product teams, I’m creating scripts and modules for the community, and best part still has to come: I enjoy it more and more every day 😃

I was having a romantic Saturday with my wife (the kids were at my parents for a day 😉 ), we went shopping & enjoy each-others company for the day, and we would finish it with a great dinner in a local restaurant. And then it happened, near the end of the shopping day, I received an email with the best title you can hope for: Congratulations 2019-2020 Microsoft MVP!
MVP 2019-2020
Lets say that the dinner was an excellent moment to celebrate this and it made our day even better.

I want to thank all the people at the MS Product teams that I get to work with, all the MVPs (Freek, Eric, Tom, Maarten, …) who gave me great advice and showed me how they work, but also for the great talks, all the people I have met these last couple of years and helped me get to this point, but also ASPEX to give me opportunity to grow more into Azure, RDS and WVD : THANK YOU.

Last but not least, I want to thank my wife and kids. They supported me throughout these last years, even when it was really busy for us😘!

I’m very honored to receive this MVP Award, to be part of this amazing group of people and to continue to work with all of you.

THANK YOU

Typing the characters

RDS HTML5 webclient update 1.0.1 – fixing the AltGr issues

RDS HTML5 webclient update 1.0.1 – fixing the AltGr issues

Introduction

With the launch of the HTML5 Webclient for Remote Desktop Services (RDS) 2016, Microsoft has released a great feature.
Because all existing software can be used inside any browser, without rewriting the application.
We wrote an introduction about the Webclient, which you can find here: https://blog.aspex.be/en/microsoft-remote-desktop-client-first-look

Public Preview to GA

In July, when the Webclient went from Public Preview to GA (version 1.0.0), several updates were included in this release.
Some highlights:

  • Single Sign On (SSO) experience for the users
  • Time Zone Redirection
  • Improved sign-in experience
  • Improved error messages & handling
  • Copy&Paste text through the clipboard using Ctrl+C & Ctrl-V
  • etc

Update 1.0.1 fixing the AltGr issues

Despite all these great features, there was still an big issue, especially for European users: the AltGr keystrokes did not work correctly (or at all).
So for most European keyboards, you could not type @, , { or any character using the AltGr key.

But now, Microsoft freshly released update 1.0.1 for the Webclient, fixing this bug.
(at the time of writing this blog, the release notes are not yet online, but you should be able to find them here: What’s new for the Remote Desktop web client?)

Typing the characters

I installed the update on my existing deployment and I’m able to type all these characters inside the Webclient!

How to update?

When you want to update your current Webclient, you just have to follow these simple steps:

  • Open an elevated PowerShell prompt on the RD Web Access server
  • Download the latest available version of the web cient
  • If you want to test the update first, you can Publish the client to Test slot in your deployment using this cmdlet:

    You can access this Test deployment using this url: https://<<Your-Deployment-FQDN>>/RDWeb/webclient-test/index.html
  • If you tested the update and want to put it online, you can use this cmdlet:

     

That’s it, your deployment is updated to version 1.0.1, with all bugfixes, including the AltGr fix.