Now we’ve come to my fourth and final blog post. If you missed the first three parts, I invite you to check them out today desktop virtualization deployment overview, deploying desktop virtualization, and accessing desktop virtualization. In this post, I want to talk about the products, services, and tools that are available to help you manage and monitor your desktop virtualization solution. I'll discuss each tool and talk about how it can help you ensure that your desktop virtualization infrastructure remains highly available, performs well, and is malware resistant.
Let’s talk about the tools that come with Windows Server 2012 R2. You can use these tools for on-premises or Microsoft Azure deployments. Some of the Windows Server 2012 R2 tools that you can use to help manage and monitor your desktop virtualization solution include:
Table 4 provides an overview of the Windows Server tools at a glance.
Table 4. Windows Server tools at a glance
Except for the Remote Desktop Connection Manager, these tools are great for diagnosis or troubleshooting individual servers, but they’re not the best solution for managing and monitoring all aspects of a larger desktop virtualization infrastructure.
System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager provides extensive management of your desktop virtualization infrastructure throughout the entire IT lifecycle. Table 5 provides an overview of the System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager at a glance.
Table 5. System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager at a glance
Use System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager in enterprise-level and/or mission-critical production environments where large numbers of users or apps are supported.
System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager provides extensive health monitoring and proactive notification of health issues in desktop virtualization infrastructures. Table 6 provides an overview of System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager at a glance.
Table 6. System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager at a glance
Microsoft Azure RemoteApp enables you to leverage enterprise grade infrastructure while enabling your users to access Windows-based applications from a variety of mobile devices. Table 7 provides an overview of the Azure RemoteApp at a glance.
Table 7. Azure RemoteApp at a glance
In enterprise-level and/or mission-critical production environments that need access to Windows-based applications on a variety of clients.
As you might guess, you would use the Microsoft Azure Management Portal for Microsoft Azure only or in hybrid desktop virtualization deployments. Table 6 provides an overview of the Azure Management Portal at a glance.
Table 8. Azure Management Portal at a glance
In enterprise-level and/or mission-critical production desktop virtualization infrastructures that run in Microsoft Azure.
As you can see, many management and monitoring resources are available for your desktop virtualization solution, regardless of whether it’s on premises or in Microsoft Azure or both! You can use any combination of these products, tools, and services to provide a comprehensive management solution. You can use Window Server tools, System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager, System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager, Azure RemoteApp, and the Azure Management portal to reduce the level of effort required to manage and monitor your desktop virtualization solution and the apps running in your solution.
This wraps up my series of blogs about desktop virtualization using Window Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft Azure. Create your own desktop virtualization solution by downloading an evaluation version of Windows Server 2012 R2 and a trial subscription of Microsoft Azure. Experience for yourself what I've been talking about in these blogs. Thanks for reading this series! Until next time!