Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012: VDI Personal Desktop Collections

Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012: VDI Personal Desktop Collections

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Welcome to day 11 of our Launch Series, and part 3 of our RDS series.  The past few posts have covered the numerous User Interface changes and enhancements that have been made within Windows Server 2012 with regards to Remote Desktop Services (RDS).  Today we are going to look at creating Personal Desktop Collections with VDI.

To Create a Personal - Managed Virtual desktop Collection

1. Open the Server Manager, Click Remote Desktop Services and Select Overview

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2. In Deployment Overview Section, Click Tasks and Select Edit Deployment properties.

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3. Expand Active Directory and Select the Organization Unit if you would like to add the Virtual desktops to the domain , Click Apply

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4. Select Collections tile

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5. In Collection Section, Click Tasks and Select Create Virtual Desktop Collection , Click Next

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6. Type the Name of the Collection and Click Next

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7. Select the Personal Virtual desktop collection and Click Next

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8. Specify the Virtual Desktop Template which you must configure in Hyper V and Make sure sysprep the virtual machine once you have install the software required by users and Click Next

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9. Specify the User Assignment and Click Next

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10. Click Next

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11. Specify the unattended installation settings and Select the OU

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12. Specify the Users and Groups and Specify the Prefix and Suffix for the Virtual Desktop

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13. Specify Virtual Desktop allocation and Click Next

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14. Specify Virtual desktop storage and Click Next

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15. Confirm Selections and Click Create

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16. View Progress and Click Close

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17. In Collection Section, Right Click Personal( Collection Name) and Select Task Status details

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Personal - Unmanaged Virtual desktop Collection

1. In Collection Section, Click Tasks and Select Create Virtual Desktop Collection , Click Next

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2. Type the Name of the Collection and Click Next

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3. Select the Personal Virtual desktop collection and Uncheck Automatically create and manage virtual desktops , Click Next

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4. Specifying the Existing Virtual Desktops and Click Next

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5. Specify the User Assignment and Click Next

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6. Specify the Users and Groups and Click Next

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7. Confirm Selection and Click Create

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8. View Results

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9. In the Virtual Desktop Section under Personal Unmanaged Collection, we can see the Virtual machine which we have added and we can add more virtual desktop.

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10. We must assign the Virtual desktop to the specific users if we use Disable automatic user assignment.

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Well, that’s it for the post.  Tomorrow we will conclude our 4 part RDS series with Session Hosts and RD Web Access.

-AskPerf blog Team

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  • <p>One issue that while connecting to VDI, the client get the IP address of the VM which does not work if coming over DA. Why not give host name of the VM instead</p>

  • <p>By design, Connection Broker redirects incoming connections to an IP address, regardless of what the endpoint is. &nbsp;The connection broker must be aware of the IP address of each virtual machine in the collection, as well as the state of those VMs, so that it can make a decision on where to redirect the user.</p>

  • <p>Got all that working great, now a vendor has released an updated version of their app. &nbsp;All the docs I find give instructions on how to update the Virtual Desktops once the template is changed, but not on how to change the template itself.</p>

  • <p>Hi, are there any restrictions on &quot;Users and Groups&quot; as part of the collection configuration? I can&#39;t use &quot;Domain Local Groups&quot; in my environment.</p>

  • <p>Hi, I tried adding another created virtual desktop to the an existing collection.</p> <p>Previously I had problems with the adding as it requires SCSI adapter and then create a checkpoint prior the adding into the exsiting collection.</p> <p>After having done all these, the virtual desktop still does not get added into the collection. This time without an error. It is just like the virtual desktop was not set to add into the collection.</p> <p>Could anyone advise on what may be wrong here?</p>