If the video guides I produced a month or so back weren’t enough for you, then these R2 Remote Desktop Services step-by-step guides should do the trick!
What's New in Remote Desktop Services
Installing Remote Desktop Session Host Step-by-Step Guide
Word document download: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=147293
Web version: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=147292
Deploying Remote Desktop Web Access with Remote Desktop Connection Broker Step-by-Step Guide
Word document download: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=131928
Web version: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=131927
Deploying RemoteApp Programs to the Start Menu by Using RemoteApp and Desktop Connection Step-by-Step Guide
Word document download: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=154799
Web version: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=154798
Deploying Personal Virtual Desktops by Using RemoteApp and Desktop Connection Step-by-Step Guide
Word document download: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=154800
Web version: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=154801
Deploying Virtual Desktop Pools by Using RemoteApp and Desktop Connection Step-by-Step Guide
Word document download: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=154803
Web version: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=154802
Deploying Personal Virtual Desktops by Using Remote Desktop Web Access Step-by-Step Guide
Word document download: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=147908
Web version: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=147909
Deploying Virtual Desktop Pools by Using Remote Desktop Web Access Step-by-Step Guide
Word document download: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=147907
Web version: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=147906
Deploying Remote Desktop Gateway Step-by-Step Guide
Word document download: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=142251
Web version: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=142250
Deploying Remote Desktop Licensing Step-by-Step Guide
Word document download: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=128418
Web version: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=141175
Anyone who’s played with Windows 7 will/should know about Windows XP Mode. If you’re not familiar, quickly, read here, then come back!
So, XP Mode allows a seamless integration between a virtualised Windows XP instance, and a locally installed Windows Vista, however, it’s configured locally, managed, well, pretty much locally, so in terms of an infrastructure wide rollout, it’s not what you’d class as centralised. If you did want to roll out Windows XP Mode centrally, you’d first have to push out Virtual PC to the end user devices, then you’d have to somehow push the XP mode image (about 400MB+) to the devices, then you’d have to configure the settings of that XP Mode image, and then, to centrally manage it you’d have to join it to the domain manually (but I guess some of it could be scripted etc) and then, and only then, does it really become part of your centrally managed infrastructure.
There is an easier way. MED-V. Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualisation is effectively the same concept as above, however it centrally automates much of what I’ve said above. Rather than go into too much detail, have a watch of the video below and see what you think. It’s not a virtualboy video, so don’t expect my voice, or zoom/pan effects – it’s just good quality informative content.
I’m pleased to say, that just a few months after the R2 release of System Center Operations Manager R2, and only weeks after the RTM of Windows Server 2008 R2, System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 is here.
I blogged a few weeks back, about the improvements seen from Beta to RC, but now’s the time to get hold of the finished product! So, what’s in there?
System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 (VMM) is a comprehensive management solution for the virtualized datacenter. It enables increased physical server utilization, centralized management of virtual machine infrastructure, and rapid provisioning of new virtual machines by the administrator, delegated administrator, and authorized end users.
VMM 2008 R2 can manage all the platforms managed by VMM 2008 and adds support for Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V. Windows Server 2008 R2 includes significant feature improvements to Hyper-V. VMM 2008 R2 leverages these new platform enhancements and extends the feature set of VMM 2008.
Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V Host Management
Where can you get it? RIGHT HERE!
Other useful resources include:
Again, download the evaluation here!
For me, one of the coolest technologies in the virtualisation space, is Application Virtualisation. For Microsoft, this is ‘the artist formerly known as SoftGrid’, now known as Microsoft Application Virtualisation, or App-V.
For those of you who aren’t familiar, App-V is a different way of packaging, and then delivering applications, using streaming technologies, over the network, to the endpoint OS. If you are curious about the different moving parts in an App-V deployment, or just want to learn a little about it, I stumbled upon a superb little article which explains the different parts in a concise, and clear way.
The article is based on a pre-release of App-V 4.5 (which has no subsequently released), but that’s not the point – if you want to get your head around it, this is a great starting point. The author, Anthony Kinner, came to Microsoft through the acquisition of Softricity (who made SoftGrid), and designed the first training course for SoftGrid, so, technically, he should know his stuff :-)
Check it out here. Enjoy.
I blogged about Jeff’s analysis of the ‘Hypervisor Footprint' Debate’ a few days back, but that was only Part 1. Part 2 of Jeff’s analysis is now online, yet this time, compares the full Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, with the full VMware ESX 3.5.
Needless to say, it makes interesting reading, even for a Friday evening (UK :-))
Read it here.
I’m off to Devon for a few days (to get away from vThis, and –V that!) and admittedly, the weather doesn’t look that great, but fear not, I’ve picked up a copy of ‘Mastering System Center Configuration Manager R2’, so I'll be keeping up with technology and expanding my skill set, hopefully. I guess that’s the biggest problem when technology is both your job, and your hobby – I won’t actually mind reading that type of book on holiday, because I’m always keen to learn more, but er’ indoors would much rather read a trashy paperback! Anyway, I digress.
So, I’ll be away – in the meantime, I’d hope you get the chance to at least pull down Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM. If you do one thing this weekend, even if you don’t install it, just pull it down from the web, and get yourself ready for what is arguably, the finest OS (client or server), Microsoft have ever produced. From File Classification Infrastructure to Applocker, DirectAccess to BranchCache, and from RDS to Hyper-V, there has never been so much infrastructure capability built into a single OS. It’s sublime to use, solid, scalable, performant, and incredibly capable.
That’s right, you can get it, right now, 7 days earlier than planned, from that link above. All the versions are on there, from Web through to Datacenter. In terms of the standalone, free, Hyper-V Server 2008 R2, I can’t find this just yet on Microsoft.com (I imagine it will end up here.) but it is on TechNet/MSDN:
While I’m away, if you want to get up to speed with these technologies, you shouldn’t go too far wrong over at http://virtualboytv.com. It’s go-go-go for Microsoft Virtualisation - We just need SCVMM 2008 R2 to reach RTM and we’ll really be cooking on gas! Speaking of which, dinner’s ready. See you all in a few days.
Hot on the heels of my previous post around App-V, many of you are now thinking “I want to have a play with that – where can I get the bits?”. Well, if you were looking for the App-V 4.5 (current release) bits, you’d have to have an MSDN/TechNet account, and download it from there, however, seeing as this is a beta, and we want as many people to test it as possible, it’s open to everyone with a Windows Live ID! Happy Days!
From the App-V blog:
This will be the first version of App-V to support both x64 and x86 Windows platforms. The primary focus of this release is to enable App-V to take advantage of 64-bit Windows platforms including Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. We’ve also made some improvements in the App-V Sequencer such as simplifying the workflow for creating virtual applications and adding the ability to sequence true 64-bit applications, a first to market! For customers running Windows XP or Windows Vista, you can also use App-V 4.6 Beta and take advantage of the support for Office 2010, 64-bit platform support and additional features in the release.
So, where can you get it?
HERE! Make sure you leave feedback through Connect too, it’ll make the product better!
Anything else you should know, especially around this new found x64 capability?
This blog post should help you there. Again, from the App-V blog: The App-V 4.6 beta was just released on Monday and we are excited to have released the product we have been working on for the past few months to our customers. Throughout the week, we have received a number of questions about what is supported between 32-bit and 64-bit sequencing, along with running the sequenced applications on the 32-bit and 64-bit App-V client, so I wanted to address those questions and share more details with everyone here. Our vision for App-V 4.6 is to allow you to keep all of your existing sequencing investments and be able to leverage 64-bit moving forward, in a simple and straight forward manner.
Very useful reading, I’d say. Expect an App-V 4.6 Overview video on the Virtualboy TV site in the coming weeks….
If you can make time to view these sessions (or at least register, then watch them another time), I would thoroughly recommend them, especially the System Center licensing overview. You may not like licensing, but when it comes to System Center, understanding the benefits of licensing the Suite (SC Operations Manager, Configuration Manager, Data Protection Manager and Virtual Machine Manager) could be the difference between a small project, and a much larger, broader, infrastructure optimisation. Definitely worth a look I’d say.
Planning and Deploying Windows Server 2008 R2 and Hyper-V Part 1: Plan with the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 4.0 and Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides
Presented by Baldwin Ng and Fergus Stewart
Thursday, August 20th 2009 – 16:00-17:00 GMT
Windows Server 2008 R2 will be available soon. Are your customers' datacenter servers ready for migration to this new operating system? Which of your customers' existing servers are good candidates for Hyper-V virtualization? Attend this Partner Academy Live session and see how the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit and Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides can help you accelerate your pre-sales and migration planning for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Hyper-V. Part 1 of a 4 part series.
Planning and Deploying Windows Server 2008 R2 and Hyper-V Part 2: Deploy Windows Server 2008 R2 with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010
Presented by Michael Niehaus
Thursday, August 27th 2009 – 16:00-17:00 GMT
Gain a strategic competitive advantage by reducing deployment costs using the latest deployment toolkit for Windows Server 2008 R2 deployment projects. The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 provides a common console with the comprehensive tools and guidance needed to efficiently manage Windows Server 2008 R2 deployment projects. Attend this Partner Academy Live session and see how new features like flexible driver management and access to deployment shares from any location will help simplify deployment and make your job easier. Part 2 of a 4 part series.
System Center Pricing and Licensing Updates
Presented by: Sean Suydam and Diane Prescott
Friday, August 21st 2009 - 18:30-19:30 GMT
Understand the key System Center pricing and licensing changes and how to use them in your conversations with customers to sell today. This session will bring together all of the recent changes we’ve communicated and help you position this news in your accounts. We’ll cover System Center changes in the ECAL, the new Client Management Suite, SMSE in FY10, and the upcoming launches of DPM v3, Config Manager 2007 R3 and Service Manager. We’ll also provide a quick recap of the System Center licensing model along with resources for the field to assist you with your customers’ pricing and licensing
For all your TechNet Plus subscribers out there, the wait for RTM is over! Windows Server 2008 R2 can’t be too far away now!
If you’re a subscriber, get on over to the TechNet site! If you’re not, then you’ve got a few more days to wait, but I'll tell you this much – RTM rocks!
As you should now be aware, Windows 7 RTM is available to download for TechNet Plus subscribers, but what does that mean for Windows Virtual PC, and Windows XP Mode? If you think back, when Windows 7 hit Release Candidate, Virtual PC and XP Mode were in beta, so are these same versions applicable to the RTM of Windows 7? No. Time to upgrade your Windows Virtual PC and XP Mode to the Release Candidate stage.
For those of you who are currently thinking, “what is XP Mode?” Brandon on the Windows blog has a pretty good explanation. In summary – it’s all about the ‘last mile’ of application compatibility. Still worth a read of Brandon’s post though.
Before you move to RC however, don’t you want to know what’s new?
Important Note: Beta to RC upgrade is not supported. You need to uninstall the Beta version of Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode before installing the RC bits. To understand the process, please read these notes!
You can grab all the bits from the Windows Virtual PC Download site.