TSConfig and TSAdmin Do Work in Server 2012 and 2016.

Remember the old RD connection snapins? Me neither. I do remember when they went away. It seemed like it was about 2011. SBS server came out, and they hid the RD Gateway. After that, it seemed like Microsoft went underground with with Managing RD hosts.


Id like to give a little shout out to a partner blogger for giving us the continued use of TSConfig and TSAdmin. Our Russian Friends over in St. Petersburg, at Woshub.com, have a good explanation on the details of these snaps. you wouldn’t normally need either of these snap ins for anything in the new Server 2012 and 2016 environments. However, I did have to test both Server models and the two commands work well In both OS flavors.

Still, Why would I even want these snap ins? The answer to that would be for a lab environment, or the rare occasion where you are going to reinstall the Operating system anyway, and you don’t have anything else to try.

Since that eventuality is rare, any more, I will say you really should not get the files from your windows 2008 Installation, unless you are just playing around. Yes they are familiar tools, and yes they are helpful.

I think I am keeping them, because I recall a case I worked, many years ago, where I wished I had these snap ins!! So thank you Woshub.com for letting us know they work In 2012. I can add they work in 2016, so we are looking at these being good to use, until at lest 2020!

No harm in keeping the door open! A tech never knows when he may find himself in such a position! I keep a copy here. You may also get the files from Woshub.com, or look for the following in your Windows Installation:

  • c:\windows\system32\tsadmin.dll
  • c:\windows\system32\tsconfig.dll
  • c:\windows\system32\wts.dll
  • c:\windows\system32\tsconfig.msc
  • c:\windows\system32\tsadmin.msc
  • c:\windows\system32\en\tsconfig.resources.dll
  • c:\windows\system32\en\tsadmin.resources.dll

Keep in mind this is not Microsoft supported, so I would remove these, from the system when you are done. The chat feature will not work, so your just talking core functionality. Well now, I just tried locally and it did work when the message was to local host.




Remote Desktop Services Manager

When I started using this tool, I remembered why I liked it so much. It had a few powerful screens, which I will call out. The TSConfig, or , remote Desktop Session Host Configuration, had a General Tab and a Network adapter tab. What was nice was being able to use a drop down to select how the NICS would work, on a per transport type basis. This very easy to see how things need to come together!

The above screen shot shows Services manager, in the background. Pay no mind to that. The 7 Tabs of config are In the TSConfig snapin. That is 90% of your bang for your buck.


7 Tabs and Easy Control! If you click the learn button, in Server 2016, you get a chm file on RSAT tools and how to use the Shell to get VM Nic status. Pretty nice!




TSAdmin or Remote Desktop Services Manager is not quite as exciting as TSconfig, But you can see the number of sessions, get session IDs, etc.. Someone recently asked me how they could get the number of sessions on their server. I am still surprised that they never really replaced this GUI for RDS!! There really is no easy way to see your sessions on the Gui any longer!


So in closing, these are tools from days gone bye. We wish we could keep all these screens the same to make out job easy. Well maybe we have no control over that, but we do want to acknowledge a snap in, when it was good. We did like the TS tools. Its too bad nobody asked us before they took them out!!



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