Thursday, July 18, 2013

Configuring custom .rdp shortcuts for Server 2012 Remote Desktop

The Changes

Windows Server 2012 has changed much in the Remote Desktop (RDS) area; most of which is great, some areas require re-learning.  I'd like to briefly outline two changes that aren't as well documented regarding connecting to the new environment: connecting to an RDS server farm using a connection broker and collection name, and creating a custom .rdp file that can be deployed if the web access server isn't desired.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Copying your emails from Google Apps custom domain to custom domain

For those who decided to leave Google Apps free and head towards free service, this article is intended to help you migrate your old emails from your Google Apps account to your account.

Why is this needed?

Simple, Outlook, webmail, and Windows 8 app do not let you copy your emails from one service to another.

Microsoft provides a service to copy emails from Gmail to if you use their default domains ( and for example); but not if you use custom domain names (

Before you get started

I am assuming that you have already set up your email custom domain in and have access to both email accounts.  I may throw another article together soon for how to get started with your personal domain on

Here's how to do it:

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Getting Started with Ruby on Rails for Windows

What is Ruby on Rails?

In short, a dynamic (non-compiled) programming language.  If you have programmed before, this is an easy to learn, easy to code programming language.  Check out this link for more info: 

What you'll need?

Here's what you'll need to get started:
  • Windows PC (preferably Windows 7 or Server 2008 and above)

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Is Windows 8 Enough to Move Back to PC?

In short, probably.  Here's how I got to this point:

I am fairly new to Apple products.  I bought in to the entire ecosystem (iPhone, iPad, AppleTV, and MBP).

I am a Systems Engineer by trade.  Most of my work involves Microsoft Windows server systems and applications.

I prefer to upgrade my computers at the latest every 3 years.

Let's start by looking at my Apple favorites:

Friday, December 9, 2011

How To Clone a Virtual Machine on VMWare's free ESXi

Spent a few minutes looking for how to do this on Google...

Basically, there is no clone option in the free version of VMware ran by alot of smaller business companies.  In order to clone a VM, you have to get creative.

Here are the steps: