Thursday, September 13, 2007

Vista - Remote Desktop Security Prompt

I'm using Windows vista ultimate edition from almost a year to connect to my windows server 2003 using Remote Desktop connection and it was working perfectly for me till last 15 days

last to last week my laptop was not feeling well so I decided to format it and reinstall vista and all software.

after reinstalling all when I try to connect to my server using Remote Desktop connection utility in vista. it prompts me a message-


Remote Desktop cannot verify the identity of the computer you want to connect to. This problem can occur if:
1) The remote computer is running a version of Windows that is earlier than Windows Vista.
2) The remote computer is configured to support only the RDP security layer.
Contact your network administrator or the owner of the remote computer for assistance.
Do you want to connect anyway?
when I saw the message, I thought that may be because of active directory membership, since before formatting my laptop I was member of the domain and after reinstalling I tried to connect to server before joining the domain. so I joined my domain first and then tried to connect to server using the Remote Desktop connection, still it showing me same message.

when I search it on Live Search, it doesn't shows me any useful results:( then I googled this and get one nice blog post about this problem by Scott Forsyth and a post by Rob Jonas at tweakvista

when you try to connect with remote desktop from vista to windows server, vista asks for authentication, but at server side in 2003 server there is no process to provide authentication, it refuses the request so the warning message appears.

this will get solved in upcoming server "windows server 2008" or codename longhorn which has Terminal Services Gateway.

for now Very simple solution this is:

click on the advanced tab in the Remote Desktop Connection tool and change the Authentication options to "Always connection, even if authentication fails".

and If you want to set this at the server level then you need to play with registry and make some changes in authentication level read more about this at Scott Forsyth blog.

Monday, September 03, 2007

DevCon 2007 Rocks!!!

Pune User Groups's
DevCon 2007

This is one event that continues to get better by the year. PUG started this initiative back in 2004 and had less than 300 students and approx 100 professionals attending this event. 25th August, 2007, Saturday it was time to set a new bench-mark with more close to 150 professionals and a whopping 1000+ students attending DevCon 2007 at COEP, Pune campus
The DevCon 2007 was organized by Pune User Group (PUG) in association with International .NET Association (INETA). It was supported by Microsoft India as well as the Technical Education Quality Improvement Program (TEQIP) project at College Of Engineering, Pune.

This event enjoyed sessions from speakers like Raj Chaudhuri, Nauzad Kapadia, Dhaval Faria and Sarang Datye. These speakers covered topics like Windows Communication Foundation, Windows Workflow Foundation, New features in Visual Studio 2008 and Project Mono, i.e. implementing .Net on LINUX platform.

This is the “MOST SUCCESSFUL DevCon” till date and this, DevCon 2007 has received very positive feedback. People from various companies and from almost all colleges in and around Pune city attended this event.

DevCon 2007 exceeded all my expectations. We had more than 1100+ attendees! I think this was one of the largest volunteer led community effort in this country and it feels awesome to be a part of this group of enthusiastic people. Our speakers got an average rating of 4 out of 5

Experience is the best teacher. We learn every time we do something different. This time it was suddenly huge crowd and the whole team managed very well. Infact I should say perfectly managed. I was really surprised by the energy showed by all.

Hats off to all my "Team Pune."