RemoteApp and Desktop Connection Feed Extensibility

In our earlier blog post, we introduced RemoteApp and Desktop Connections to enable users to have their RemoteApp and Desktop icons integrated on their Windows 7 start menu.  RemoteApp and Desktop Connections works with this new feature of Remote Desktop Web Access (RD Web Access)–the RemoteApp and Desktop Connection feed. This RemoteApp and Desktop Connection… Read more

RemoteApp for Hyper-V

Today, we want to talk about a little known feature in Windows Server 2008 R2 that could be described as RemoteApp for Hyper-V. Like Microsoft RemoteApp, it allows users to access a specific hosted application remotely, as opposed to the entire desktop. With RemoteApp, the application runs in the context of a server session; however,… Read more

Deploying Windows Vista or Windows XP as the guest operating system in a Virtual Machine

Overview The purpose of this post is to help an Administrator configure a Windows Vista or Windows XP operating system in a virtual machine for a Remote Desktop Services Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) deployment. This post is an addendum to the Step 2: Installing and Configuring the Virtual Machine section for the following Step-by-Step guides… Read more

Personal Virtual Desktops

With Windows Server 2008 R2 we support two VDI deployment scenarios: virtual desktop pools and personal virtual desktops. The two scenarios present two different models of assigning virtual machines to end users: shared and dedicated. This blog post describes personal virtual desktops. What is a personal virtual desktop? – A personal virtual desktop is a… Read more

RemoteApp and Desktop Connection Management Extensibility for provisioning apps via RD Web Access

Earlier, we described publishing in Windows Server 2008 R2 and how RDP resources can be published by using the RemoteApp and Desktop Connection Management service to users in RD Web Access. This blog post describes the third-party extensibility support available in the RemoteApp and Desktop Connection Management service, and how third parties (Enterprises or ISVs)… Read more

Per User CAL Reporting Script

We have introduced a script to help the administrators tracking the usage trend of Windows Server 2003 Terminal Server (TS) Per User (PU) client access licenses (CALs), total usage of Windows Server 2008 TS PU CALs (including expired), and the usage of Windows Server 2008 TS PU CALs for a list of specified domains. The… Read more

Announcing the launch of Remote Desktop Services Script Center to ease management

Hi everyone. We have published scripts to help simplify Remote Desktop Services management—including Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) management. You can download these scripts from the Remote Desktop Services page on Script Center. Here are some of the Remote Desktop Services management scripts that are available now: Virtual machine management Configure Guest OS for VDI (can… Read more

Windows 7 with RDP7: Best OS for VDI

In the minds of IT admins looking to enable a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environment, Windows XP has by far been the preferred OS running in the VMs. However, with the arrival of Windows 7, IT admins have several important reasons, as outlined in this blog, to reconsider. In fact, an upcoming RDP Performance Whitepaper… Read more

Remote Desktop Load Simulation Toolset

I am pleased to announce the availability of the Remote Desktop Load Simulation Toolset.   Many customers have asked us to provide the specific number and type of servers to use for Remote Desktop Services scalability.  This is a difficult question to answer without more complete information given the variation in use cases and the impact… Read more