Android App: PocketCloud Pro


Being in IT and working in an all Windows shop I would say that remote desktop is the number one used app on my PC.  VNC is used a lot as well for connecting to PC’s but mostly I’m all about managing my servers using remote desktop.  Most of that is done from VisionApp’s remote desktop software (but that’s for a different post).  So, on my Asus Transformer Prime tablet (which I love by the way) one of the first things I searched for in the market place was a remote desktop client.  I tried out a few but settled on Wyse Technology’s PocketCloudWyse has a number of products from thin clients to remote desktop clients and more.
I typically go with free apps because I don’t have an abundance of money and because I like to hop around OS platforms on the Tablet side so when I originally saw the $14.99 price tag I skipped it over.  They do have a free version that doesn’t let you add more than one pre-configured remote desktop connection and does work well.  But, I like to be able to pull out the tablet and quickly connect to whichever server I need to do some work on.  I had used PocketCloud on the iPad as well and liked it there as well.  The recent update added several useful features and it’s well worth taking a look at.


Slow remote desktop from Windows 7 to a Server 2008 machine

I’ve upgraded one of our servers to Windows Server 2008 64bit.  After finishing the install I connected to the server using remote desktop and found the remote desktop session to be super sluggish and painfully slow.  Sitting at the console showed no issues with speed.

After a bit of searching the web I found the following instructions fixed the problem:

(On the Server 2008 machine)
Go to Manage Network Connections, right click on your network connection and click properties, click Configure then click on the advanced tab.
Select “IPv4 Large Send Offload” and change the value to Disable.
After about 20 seconds you can reconnect your remote desktop session and it’s all good.

I don’t recommend doing this on a production server until you know what consequences are involved.
I tend to just do then see what happens but this isn’t always a good idea!  :)