Microsoft Remote Desktop Services

Favad Qaisar 6 February 2012 0

Remote Desktop Services (RDS) is a capability in Windows Server 2008 R2, SP1 which separates where the desktop or application is used from where it runs. It accelerates desktop & application deployments enabling any client to run any application or operating system. RDS also helps to keep critical intellectual property secure and to radically simplify regulatory compliance by removing applications and data from the desktop. RDS enables a full fidelity desktop or application experience and efficiently connects remote workers from managed or unmanaged devices.
In addition to the traditional session virtualization scenario, which Terminal Services has enabled for many years, Windows Server 2008 R2 has expanded its role to provide an extensible platform for a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). VDI is a centralized desktop delivery architecture which allows customers to centralize the storage, execution, and management of a Windows desktop in the datacenter. It enables Windows 7 Enterprise and other desktop environments to run and be managed in virtual machines on a centralized server.
In this regard the two most important types of virtualization are the application virtualization and desktop virtualization. Taking a peak at the Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) shows us its capabilities to enables enterprises to meet the needs of users and IT by empowering anywhere productivity and accelerated application deployment. App-V provides anywhere user access to applications that are dynamically available on any authorized PC without application installs. Virtual applications and user settings are preserved whether users are online or offline. App-V increases business agility through faster application deployment and updates with no user interruptions. It minimizes conflicts between applications, allowing enterprises to reduce application compatibility testing time. App-V together with Microsoft User State Virtualization (USV) provides users with a consistent experience and reliable access to applications and business data, no matter their location and connection to the Internet. Another radical change in this regard is that Service providers also utilize App-V to deliver ISV developed applications to their customers via the Software as a Service (SaaS) model. Using the flexibility of SaaS and the power of App-V, businesses can deploy rich applications with high reliability and low risk; without the capital or operational costs of an on-premise IT infrastructure.
Talking a little bit about the desktop virtualization, it consists of a broad range of offerings to meet operating system, application, data, and user virtualization needs. Today’s increasingly-mobile workforce wants seamless, reliable, anytime access to their applications and data on a growing set of devices such as laptops, mobile devices, and home PCs, In addressing these user demands, IT must also maintain compliance and manage the corporate environment responsibly and efficiently.
Microsoft Desktop Virtualization bridges these requirements by providing enterprises a comprehensive suite of solutions to give users the flexibility to work everywhere on a range of devices, while simplifying compliance and management through a centralized and unified infrastructure.

Favad Qaisar (51 Posts)

I am a Unified Communications Engineer. Over the last 3 years, I have been working dedicatedly on OCS/LYNC and Exchange 2007/2010. I was responsible for getting my Company Microsoft’s Unified Communication Voice Certified Partner status. Occasionally, I like to share my experiences on the latest developments in the Unified Communications industry.

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