Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Client on OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.2

Ever since Apple came out with Mountain Lion, support for Microsoft’s RDP protocol to remotely administer Microsoft Windows desktops and servers has been flaky or just not working. Oddly enough, people were more succesful using the reverse-engineered CoRD client. But this reverse-engineered solution had trouble with newer Windows versions, just because RDP is a bag of hurt.

If you have any issues using the Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Client with Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and higher, you should check out this thread on TechNet.

At the end, someone links to a new version of the client, hosted on Dropbox.

This claims to be version 2.1.2 of the Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac. Try it out and see if it fixes your issues.

Update

Just around the release of OS X 10.9 Mavericks, Microsoft has released two Microsoft Remote Desktop apps in the Apple App Store. One is both for iPhone and iPad, and another one is an app for OS X. – W, 28th of October 2013

Be mindful of the Current Time

If you ever run into one of those messages “The current time on the computer and the current time on the network are different” when trying to log on, you will probably try to log on on the domain controller and try to assess in which amount the time got desynchronised in your domain or between domains in your forrest.  As you might know, Active Directory is picky about time, because the Kerberos authentication does not accept timestamps that differ more than 5 minutes between the machine that is trying to host the login and the domain controller.

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Daylight Saving Time woes

Windows features automatic Daylight Saving Time switching, which removes the hassle of changing the date and time manually.  This however causes issues when your government decides to change the beginning and end dates of your local DST regulations, and Microsoft does not or too late come up with the necessary hotfixes.

To set up your DST changes manually, Microsoft published an extensive Knowledge Base article to create the necessary modifications and replicate it throughout your organisation.

Adminpak.msi Redux

Whenever you are working with the tools included in the Administration Pack, you might want to use some shortcuts to get quicker to the information you want.  For instance, when working in a Active Directory forest with multiple domains, you sometimes do not want to spend time clicking and hovering through the Start Menu to get to Active Directory Users and Computers, to open the AD structure of the domain you are logged into, and to manually open the Active Directory Domain you want to make changes in.

Do it quicker.

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