Hi everyone. This has been a busy week for Remote Desktop, as Microsoft has released Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 5! In this version, we have made it even easier to deploy a full, highly available Remote Desktop Services deployment. You can now use an Azure SQL DB—or any other SQL DB in a shared environment using SQL Authentication—to store the Connection Broker database, which enables multiple scenarios:
- Easier deployment and management, since all you have to do is create an Azure SQL DB and obtain the connection string once it finishes provisioning
- Reduced-cost, since you do not need to deploy a full SQL Server cluster just to store the database, and with the Azure consumption model
- Easier management of multiple deployments for desktop and application hosting, since the Connection Broker can now connect to Azure SQL DB, which is domain-independent
For a summary of all of the capabilities coming to Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2016, watch this great post on the Windows Server Blog with our own Clark Nicholson.