Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Remote Desktop – Multiple monitors

This post is useful for those who:

  • Use Remote Desktop
  • Use Multiple monitors

If you are like me who remote’s into virtual machines or physical machines frequently, then here is a tip. When remotely logging  into machines, do you use multiple monitors ? Does the remote machine view scale across multiple monitors ? By default it does not. When you click Remote Desktop or MSTSC.exe, the below screen comes up without the option for multiple monitors.


But, once you click options and then click on Display tab, there is an option to enable multiple monitors for your remote session.


Click the checkbox “Use all my monitors for the remote session” and you can use multiple monitors for current remote session. Hope this helps !

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Windows Server 8 Part 2–VMware Tools

After installing Windows Server  8, I did not install the VMware tools immediately.  When I eventually did, I was no longer able to get into the Server.
It would boot fine, but come up with the a blank Windows 8 Server screen. So looks like Windows Server 8 does not like VMware tools yet. Or, there is an update for WorkStation 8 which supports Windows Server 8. My co-worker suggested that he might have had the same problem and mentioned about an update. So, I upgraded Workstation to 8.0.3 build-703057. Did that solve the problem ? Nope…It did  not.  Since, the VM boots properly and has issues displaying,  I enabled the “Accelerate 3D graphics” option in the Hardware Settings of the VM. That’s it….It did the trick and now, I can get to my VM. More later…