Posts filed under Royal Server

Tightly integrated Secure Gateway (SSH Tunneling) support now available in Royal TS/X and Royal Server!

One of the most requested features of Royal Server was to have a built in "Secure Gateway" or "SSH tunneling" feature. We have worked hard to fully integrate this in our Royal TS/X and Royal Server products - no external tools are needed and you will be amazed how easy it is to get it up and running!

What is a Secure Gateway?

A Secure Gateway is a component included in Royal Server that can be used to access computers through an encrypted SSH tunnel (aka port forwarding). Those computers are not directly reachable, only through the gateway server. Check out our more detailed blogpost!

 

How to configure the Secure Gateway in Royal Server?

The configuration only needs the IP and port to which the Secure Gateway should bind to. Additionally you can specify that packet compression is required and the current fingerprint of the server is shown. Hand this to your users so they can evaluate if they are connecting to the correct server.

At runtime, you can check how many sessions Royal Server is hosting and some metadata:

  • Client Host
  • Destination Host
  • User
  • Connect Time
  • Connected
  • Send Size
  • Received Size

 

And last but not least, you have to configure the users that are allowed to use the Secure Gateway.


Posted on April 23, 2015 and filed under development, Royal Server.

New blog posts about Royal Server & new beta version

We have published more blog posts to cover all our Management Endpoint features that are in our release version of Royal Server. 

 

How to work with Terminal Service Sessions, Send a Message or even Restart the Server

New Royal Server Beta Version coming soon

Additionally, we are making good progress in our next beta version of Royal Server that will contain two of the most requested features of our user survey. 

 

Posted on April 8, 2015 and filed under development, Royal Server.

Configuring Royal TS/X to access Royal Server

In this blogpost we have wrapped up the configuration steps to configure Royal TS/X to access Royal Server. These are simple and easy to achieve. 

 

But additionally I like to mention a couple advanced/additional hints that make Royal TS/X and Royal Server as a combination extremely powerful:

  • configuring a Management Endpoint is similar to working with Credentials or Tasks - you define them once and reference them from all required objects
  • inheritance mechanics also work the same - just just define a Management Endpoint in Royal TS/X and reference it in subfolders.
  • you can use Bulk Edit to change assigned Management Endpoints quickly for a number of Royal TS/X objects (with Royal TSX V2 we also have it on OS X)
  • you can use the "Test" button helps you to rule out any connection or configuration issues between Royal TS/X and Royal Server

 

If you have any feedback or questions, we're always happy to hear from you. Just use our support portal or send me a mail.

Posted on July 18, 2014 and filed under development, productivity, Royal Server, Royal TS.

How to create coloured horizontal lines using HelpNDoc

One of my tasks of preparing the public beta of Royal Server was creating the offline and online help for Royal Server. Now, this is not exactly a beloved topic to be honest ... ;)

 

I evaluated HelpNDoc for this purpose: it seems, it has the main features I need (generate .chm and html help files), has a modern UI and I was also testing their support, which was helpful and reacted fast enough.

 

It sounds pedantic, but I want to display my headings followed by a coloured <hr> like this:

Now, the standard Horizontal Line they offer is by default black and cannot be changed. 

What you can do though, is create a little html snippet, that is doing the trick:

This works like charm - though, not in the designer, only in the generated .chm/.html output:

Bottom line is that you can enhance your help files with HTML, which offers you a whole new world in terms of layout and flexibility. But: be aware, that there is no WYSIWYG editor to immediately verify the results.

Posted on July 15, 2014 and filed under development, Royal Server.

Introducing Royal Server

As you might now, we are busy polishing our next versions of Royal TS/X (v3 for Windows as well as v2 for OS X) - a public beta to download will be available soon.

 

But additionally we have spent some intense time to think about DevOps and what challenges they will have in the future - about what tasks they have and how a tool can best support it. As a result we came  up with a new product that we actually presented in June at the E2EVC (experts to experts virtualisation conference) in Brussels. 

 

Let me introduce: Royal Server!

Royal TS/X has a long history of working with graphics based remote connections like Remote Desktop Protocol based connections. These connection types lack usability when it comes to touch enabled and/or small device form factors (think mobile phones or small tablets) and in low-bandwidth environments. Royal Server's about to change that!

 

We believe that the most common operations on remote servers are task based and shouldn't necessarily require a user interface. To examine event logs on all backup servers one should not need to use a remote desktop based management solution. Also, these functionality has to be available on mobile phone platforms as well.

 

Royal Server is built to fill the gap and provides common management tasks for specific operations. Royal TS/X is perfectly integrated with it and you have more functionality even Microsoft present in its own user interfaces as well as you have all this goodness cross-platform!

As a start we have the following functionalities:

  • Terminal Services management
  • basic Hyper-V management
  • Windows Events with a sophisticated query mechanism
  • Windows Services management
  • Windows Processes management

But this is just the beginning - way more stuff that is even more powerful will follow ;)

 

Roya Server under the hood

We made sure that Royal Server is easily installed (single MSI, installed just 1 minute), easily configurable (secure it via SSL, control access via Windows User Account security) and the architecture is very extensible and agent-less

 

Also, note that the communication between the clients and the Royal Server is HTTP/S based - so no more crazy firewall configs and binary communication ;)

 

And this is just the beginning - watch our blog and social channels (Twitter, Facebook, Website) for updates that will come over the next weeks. 

 

Call for Action

Make sure you sign up for the public beta of Royal Server! We are very interested in your thoughts and experiences with it. 

 

All feedback and feature requests are welcome at the Royal Server Forum. Of course, you can send me an email to michael@seirer.net as well :)

Posted on June 3, 2014 and filed under Royal Server, Royal TS, development.