Friday, April 24, 2015

Bachelor's Degree Complete!

I woke up to a terrific email email this morning:

From: WGU Records Office
Subject: Graduation Application for Thomas Murphy
Dear Thomas,

Congratulations! Your mentor has recommended you for graduation. To apply and be considered for graduation, you must complete the online Graduation Application.
We cannot process your graduation until this application has been completed, so please complete your application as soon as possible.
To access the Graduation Application please click here.
If you have any trouble accessing the Graduation Application, please contact the Records Office at


Records Office Staff

I am finally done with my degree program! I started this journey in in early 2014, after being turned down for a job interview with a great company because of my lack of four-year degree. I began my first term with Western Governor's University on April 1, 2014. And now, just over a year later, I've completed the program! It has been challenging at times to keep focused and complete the work, but as I moved closer to the end, it became easier to focus and concentrate on the goal ahead.

Now it's time for a short break. My wife is also finishing up her bachelor's degree. It wasn't easy having both us studying, working full time (with a new job for me) and raising two kids, but we are almost there!


My degree is here! Woohoo!
My degree is here! Woohoo!

Update Rollup 6 for VMM 2012 R2 - April 28

Update Rollup 6 for System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2 is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, April 28. Check out this video posted on the official VMM blog about some of the new features coming in UR6.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

PowerShell Summit 2015 North America - YouTube Videos Released

Starting earlier this week, PowerShell enthusiasts, MVP's and product team members converged in North Carolina for the North American PowerShell Summit 2015 organized by the folks at Now that the Summit is complete, they have released videos from all the presentations directly to the YouTube channel.

Check out the videos at - looks like there is plenty of great presentations and content to consume!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Connect to the Administrative Session of a Machine Through RDWeb (mstsc.exe /admin for RDWeb!)

As a follow up to my previous post Add Multi Monitor Support to RDWeb, today I'll be showing you how to add an option to RDWeb to allow users to connect to the administrative session on a machine, or in other words, to connect to the console session. This is the equivalent of using mstsc.exe /admin but will instead function when using the "Connect to a remote PC" link in RDWeb.

Why would we need this ability? Sometimes you just need to connect directly to the console of a machine. For our environment, we needed the ability to remote directly into an RDS Session Host server. If you try to RDP into a Session Host server that is a part of a collection, there is a possibility of being redirected to a different server in the collection. The RDP client will typically throw an error message, as the server you are being redirected to was not the server you requested. By forcing the connection to the administrative session, the RDP client will bypass the redirection and connect you to the server you specified.

As with the previous article, we'll add the option to connect to the administrative session of a computer to the Options section of the Desktops.aspx page, as shown below.

Add option to connect to the administrative session of a machine
Add option to connect to the administrative session of a machine