Your Guide to the Latest Windows Server Product Information
The other day I was in a conversation where I drew the distinction between reliable and robust. I hadn’t really thought about it precisely but when asked to articulate the distinction I said that robust was “reliable across a wide range of conditions”. A lot of what Klaas describes in his blog about RDS reminds me of that definition. Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2012, is reliable across a much wider range of conditions. It works better across a wide range of networking configurations, it works better across a wide range of hardware devices and configurations (physical or virtual) and it works better across a wide range of administrative scenarios. Oh yeah, it also adds a bunch of great new features. I think you are going to enjoy what you see here.Klaas Langhout, a Director of Program Management in our RDS team, wrote this blog.--Cheers! Jeffrey
For Windows Server 2012 we listened to our customers and partners and added the most desired features and resolved the top pain points in Remote Desktop Services (RDS). Following a description of RDS, I’ll summarize some of the many dramatic improvements we have made. For those people that are not familiar with RDS, it is the workload within Windows Server that enables users to connect to virtual desktops, session-based desktops and RemoteApp programs. The key value that RDS provides is the ability to centralize and control the applications and data that employees need to perform their job from the variety of devices that the employee uses. This provides “work anywhere from any device” while ensuring that your control and compliance needs are met. In the previous release, we received consistent feedback that:
Windows Server 2012 addresses each of these issues. For Windows Server 2012 we have made RemoteFX dramatically better over a WAN as well as balancing between scale (host side cost) and reduced bandwidth. Specific improvements include:
The second main improvement area is in overall infrastructure simplification and cost reduction. Cost and complexity is a major roadblock for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and hosted desktop deployments of all sizes. In Windows Server 2012 we made many improvements to address this problem, such as:
The third and final focus area for improvements made in RDS has been in overall management simplification. This is targeted at improving the E2E management experience as well as enabling partner solution creation. Improvements include:
Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2012 provides a single infrastructure, and consistently great remoting experience even over WAN while offering three deployment choices: Session, Pooled virtual desktop collection, Personal virtual desktop collection to reduce the cost appropriate to the needs of the user. The administration is simplified and platform hooks are provided for partner extension to provide additional value and solutions.Customers are excited about RDS with Windows Server 2012 and some have already rolled out a pre-release version into production taking advantage of these new benefits! We are proud of the work we have done and look forward to providing more information as we drill into the specific features in blogs posts to come at the RDS Blog.
- The Entire Remote Desktop Virtualization Team