Sample chapter: Planning and Deploying Session-based Virtual Desktops


This chapter from Virtualizing Desktops and Apps with Windows Server 2012 R2 Inside Out covers Remote Desktop Services (RDS), including planning infrastructure for session-based desktops, deploying session-based virtual desktops, and understanding high availability for RDS.

  • Understanding RDS
  • Planning infrastructure for session-based desktops
  • Deploying session-based virtual desktops
  • Understanding high availability for RDS

Session-based virtual desktops are widely used by organizations to provide remote access to data and applications in a centralized and controlled environment. In Windows Server 2012 R2, Remote Desktop Services (RDS) provides the infrastructure to implement session-based virtual desktops and virtual machine (VM)–based virtual desktops.

In older versions of Windows Server, session-based desktops were provided by a feature named Terminal Services. Terminal Services had the same basic functionality for session-based desktops as RDS, but RDS has been extended with additional functionality to improve the user experience and manageability.

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