RDP Documentation

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make documentation for and do the tasks below:

  • set domain to ad.mcnaircenter.org(done)
  • set computer name to "Father"(done)
  • add user accounts for Ed and all Comp Sci(done given to Ed, Kranthi, Harsh and Kunal)
  • check storage pool configuration(done)
  • create share for bulk(done)
  • test/configure RDP access(done)
  • create backup policy(done)

Setting up Disk mirroring(RAID 1).

  • First set up a new storage pool for all the available physical disk. This gives a logical view of all the physical disks as one single storage.

To do that go Server Manager->File and Storage Services->Volumes->Storage Pools. On the top right click on Tasks->create new storage pool. Select all the available storage to create a new storage volume.

  • Now we have to create a virtual disk on top of this storage pool. We are going to create a virtual disk with mirroring option which is essentially Raid 1. Go to Server Manager->File and Storage Services->Volumes->Storage Pools and select 'create a new virtual disk' option on the bottom left box. A set up window will pop up to create a virtual disk, name the virtual disk and select the option 'mirroring' in the Storage layout tab. Select 'fixed Size' option in the provisioning tab and then in the next tab select maximum size. click on create button. A new virtual disk will be created with the mirroring option. the size of the disk is half of the original physical storage because of the mirroring option that we selected.
  • After this a new Volume Wizard will pop up. This will create a volume and assign a drive letter. Select a letter for the drive, allocate tall the available space and click on create button. This will create a volume with the assigned letter.

Setting up Domain controller

  • To set up the domain controller we need to add a new role to the server- 'AD DS role' Go to Server Dashboard-> Add roles and features. A window will pop up asking to add roles and features. In the installation type tab select role based installation. Select the server in the next tab. In the next tab there will be a list of roles that one can add. For this installation we need Active Directory Domain Services(AD DS). After selecting AD DS it will pop-up to add other AD DS related tools. Click on Add Features. In the features we do not need additional features than those that are selected default. Click Next->next->Install. (machine may restart)
  • Once the installation of AD DS role is done, there will be a notification on the server dashboard to promote this machine to a domain controller. Click on that option. A window will pop to set up the Domain controller. In the deployment configuration tab select create a new forest as this a completely new domain. Give it a name, in our case it is 'ad.mcnaircenter.org' . In the next tab set up a password for the DSRM. I gave the same password as the machine. there will a DNS warning click on next. It will suggest a NETBIOS name AD0 in our case click next . If all the prerequisites are checked click on Install.

Setting up Remote desktop Services

  • Once the domain controller is set, we are good to set up RDS. Go to Server dashboard->Add roles and features. In the installation type tab select Remote Desktop services installation. In the deployment type select Quick start. This option is selected because we are setting it up only on one server. This will install all the required roles and features necessary for the RDS. restart the machine now and we are good to go.

Removing password complexity for users: Server Manager->tools ->grouppolicymanagement. IN this select forest->domains. select ad.mcnaircenter.org select default domain policy and right click edit. A new group policy management editor will pop up. In that select Computer configuration->Windows setting->security setting->account policies->password policies. Edit the fields necessary and click on apply.

network share : https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc732793.aspx

Go to share->right click and give permissions for everyone who needs access. Doing it at Group policy level does not work.

Connecting to RDP and mapping network drive (PC)

Open Remote Desktop Connection and put the RDP machine's IP address ( into the computer text box. click Show Options and then set the username to ad.mcnaircenter.org\alex (where alex should be replaced with whatever your username on the RDP machine is). Then click Connect and type in your password when it prompts you. You should now see the remote desktop window.

To map the network drive, go back to your computer's desktop (i.e. not the RDP machine's desktop) and go to File Explorer and click on This PC. Look for the "Computer" tab in the menu at the top of the window and choose Map Network Drive. Use whatever drive letter is open (for example, Z:) and for the folder, type: \\\bulk and make sure to check the box that says Connect using different credentials. Then click Finish and type in your password when prompted. You should be able to see the network drive on your computer now.

Connecting to RDP and mapping network drive (Mac)

First thing is that in order to connect from Mac to Windows you need to download the Microsoft Remote Desktop App off the Mac App store. Then upon opening the app go to Create / Edit Remote Desktops. On the Connection Center screen click New. A new window should pop up prompting you for several fields of information. Here are the important ones:

  • PC name: this should be the RDP machine's IP address (
  • Credentials: The user name and password to be used for the RDP server, your username should be ad.mcnaircenter.org\sahil (where sahil is replaced with your username on the RDP machine) and your password is your password.

Finally save the remote desktop and you should be able to access it from the Microsoft Remote Desktop App.

To map a network drive, go into the OS X Finder and hit Command+K which should bring up the "connect to server" menu. from that menu enter smb:// into the server address and click connect. It should prompt you to enter your username and password which are the same as before. Once this is done the drive should now appear on your finder menu sidebar.

Creating new users Go to ServerManager->tools->Active Directory Users and Computers, under ad.mcnaircenter.org there is tab for users. Right click->new->user. A window popup will appear, give all the details of the user(username,password,password policy) and click ok. The new user created will be automatically part of Domain Users group.

Creating groups To create a group, follow the same steps as above but instead of right click new->user select new->usergroup and give it a name. once the group is created, click on the group-> a window will pop up with details of the group. Go to members tab-> Add and enter the name of the user to add and click on checknames which will confirm the user name. This will give an error if no user by that name exists. We can also add other groups as members of a group. If we do that,all members of the added group will inherit the properties of group to which we add.