Essentials 2012 RWA farblich und mit eigenem Logo anpassen

Posted by M.Hofmann

 

Das Design des Remote Web Arbeitsplatz des Windows Server 2012 Essentials lässt sich über das Dashboard nur begrenzt (Firmenlogo, zentrierter Hintergrund) konfigurieren.

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Das äußere Erscheinungsbild kann schon mit nur wenigen Kenntnissen von HTML und CSS an das firmeneigene Corporate Design angepasst werden.

Die dafür nötigen, veränderbaren, Quelldateien liegen alle unter dem Pfad:

c:\Program Files\Windows Server\Bin\WebApps\RemoteAccess

Mit ein bisschen Aufwand und Suche könnte man so theoretisch die komplette RWA-Seite umbauen und farblich anpassen.
Um exemplarisch den Hintergrund, sowie das “Windows Server 2012” Logo der Login Seite zu verändern, müssen nur zwei Dateien editiert werden.

c:\Program Files\Windows Server\Bin\WebApps\RemoteAccess\Customization\Product\logo.png

c:\Program Files\Windows Server\Bin\WebApps\RemoteAccess\Css\logon.css

Mit einfachem ersetzen der logo.png durch das firmeneigene Logo, wird das “Windows Server 2012” Logo durch das gewählte ersetzt.
Es empfiehlt sich der Einfachheit halber ein Logo zu wählen, das die gleiche Auflösung hat wie das ursprüngliche Logo. Sollte dies nicht der Fall sein, kann ein verzogenes Logo durch editieren der logon.css korrigiert werden. Dafür muss in der logon.css die Höhe und Breite an die des neuen Logos angeglichen werden.

.product-logo
{
    height: 79px;
    width: 164px;
    padding-left: 120px;
    margin-top: 15px;
}

Um jetzt die Hintergrundfarbe zu verändern, muss in der selben Datei die Background-Color des Bodys durch eine gewünschte Farbe in Hex-Code ausgetauscht werden.

body
{
    font-family: Segoe UI, Tahoma, Arial, Verdana, sans-serif;
    font-size: 0.85em;
    background-color: #FFFFFF;
    line-height: 1.31em;
    margin: 0;
    padding: 0;
    color: #fff;
}


Weiterführend kann man in derselben Datei auch die Position der Anmeldemaske nach seinen Wünschen anpassen.

Zwischenzeitlich kann man sich das veränderte Design auch direkt anschauen. Einfach im Browser die RWA Seite aufrufen. Wichtig dabei ist vorher, z.B. per Shift+F5, den Browser-Cache zu löschen, da ansonsten die Seite unverändert angezeigt wird.

Setup and config of WOL4SBS2008

Posted by o.sommer

At www.SBStools.com we provide a SBS addon tool (aka WOL4SBS2008) that allows you to wake up your powered down or sleeping office computers using Small Business Servers remote portal website “Remote Web Workplace” (RWW).

This helps you to become greener and actually save a lot money on energy and will slow down wear of your computers, because now you  can shutdown your computers when leaving the office and wake them up remotely if you need them!

Doing the math here on potential energy savings:

One Computer running 24 hours x 365 days equals 8760 hours of runtime per year.
A Computer usually consumes about 50 Watt (0,05 kW) of power in average, which makes that 438 kW per year.
Multiplied by the current cost of energy in Germany of about 20cents per kW that summs up to 87,60 EUR per year.

If you count on 20 work days per month and 8h shifts, then a typical computer would really only need to be on about 1920 hours per year at a cost of 19,20 EUR.

So the potential savings here on energy alone are 87,60-19,20 = 68,40 EUR per computer per year!

So if you are able to shutdown just one computer than after less than two years the tools costs are already returned just by energy savings.
If you can shutdown two or more computers your savings would go up dramatically, for example if you run 5 computers this tool can easily safe you 342 EUR per year, not including additional savings you can achieve for example by been able to turn on power saving profiles so that the computer can go to sleep when not been used for a while even during office hours.

On the technical side we use so called Magicpackets also known as WakeOnLAN (WOL) Broadcasts to trigger the WOL capabilities that almost every integrated and addon networkcard supports.

First you need to get the installation package from our website (SBStools.com):

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Than just open and run the setup.exe file to begin the installation:

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The setup wizard is quite simple to follow:

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click next

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agree to the license terms and click next

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only change the folder and user settings if really needed

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That’s basically all you need to do to install the tool to your server, so click next to start copying and setup.

To allow changes to the system you might need to allow these on the “User Account Control” prompt:

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Install than performs some copying and other setup operations:

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Now to get WOL functions into the RWW you now need to start the configuration tool of WOL4SBS2008

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on first start the config tool automatically asks you to request a free 60 day trial version or to enter your serial (for purchase on SBStools.com):

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you will be asked for an emailadress. This emailadress wil lonly be used for trial activation and will be verifyed with an email we send to this adress that includes an online actvation link you need to click to activat your trial:

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click “Request/Activate Temporary License” to at first send the email

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and after you activated the trial by browsing (clicking) the link in the email we send to you

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After successfull verification you can proceed at the trialcheck of the config tool:

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If your config tool comes up empty as mine just did, you need to now the path of SBS 2008 RWW which by default is:
C:\Program Files\Windows Small Business Server\Bin\webapp

Also you should enter the SBS 2008 Servers IP into the DHCP Server IP Address field.

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So that fully filled in it should something like this:

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now clikc on Save Settings and acknowledge the service restart warning (you can stop and start that service on the “resolver service” sheet here:

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You should also change the setting to actually reflect your actuall IP adress range and turn off diagnose logging as soon as you checked that the wake on LAN technologie works in your setup:

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Hit “Save Settings” here to apply the changes and than restart the service using the stop and start service button.

Now click ”integrate” on the first page of the config tool to modify the RWW webpages to show the “turn on Computer” and other buttons:

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Now when you logon to RWW you get the new WOL features on the “computer list”:

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The “turn on computer” and “send ping” buttons (here shown in german") are now usable:

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Clicking on “turn on computer” now should return to the RWW homepage and write a green text on the  right hand side of the page just below the “view help” text like this:

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now the computer should turn on and boot. After how long ever it takes your computer to boot you should be able to than go to the computer list again and connect to the computer. You can check if the computer is already turned on by using the “send ping” button:

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which will return a red text if the computer is not available

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and a green text if the computer already responds to pings:

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Hope this helps and you enjoy your WakeOnLAN enabled SBS 2008 RWW.

As said before: The tool is available for purchase on www.SBSTools.com .

“Remote Web Access is not allowed for your user account. Contact the person who manages your server."

Posted by o.sommer

Bei den meisten deutschen SBS 2011 besteht das Problem, das Benutzer sich nicht am Remote Web App

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anmelden können, sondern nur eine Fehlermeldung bekommen.
Als Workaround hilft es die Sprachauswahl auf der Anmeldeseite erneut zu Bestätigen:

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Dies wurde u.a. im MS Forum diskutiert:
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/sbsde/thread/79f24e35-a7e5-4cb4-a74d-5ff462d6bf57?prof=required

Endlich ist hierzu mit dem SBS 2001 UR1 eine Lösung für dieses Problem verfügbar:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2555251
“Update Rollup 1 for Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard is available”

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Windows Small Business Server Migration Portal

Posted by t.brinkmann

Microsoft hat das Windows Small Business Server Migration Portal in Leben gerufen. In diesem Portal finden sich Infos zur Migration von Windows Small Business Servern in fast allen möglichen Konstellationen. Weiterhin sind dort Links zu den verschiedenen SBS Best Practices Analyzers (BPA), sowie zu Community-Foren zu finden. Letztendlich wird auf diesem Portal zu vielen bereits erschienenen Dokumenten verwiesen, so dass alle benötigten Informationen an einer Stelle zu finden sind.