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Windows Thin PC Preview Now Available

Today Microsoft announced the availability of the Windows Thin PC public Community Technology Program (CTP) release.  Windows Thin PC is a Software Assurance (SA) benefit that provides a low footprint, locked down version of Windows 7 that enables organizations to repurpose existing PCs as thin clients with  RemoteFX support included. Any registered user of Microsoft Connect...

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Whitepaper Release: Deploying a Virtualized Session-Based Remote Desktop Services Solution

We are proud to announce the availability of the white paper “Deploying a Virtualized Session-Based Remote Desktop Services Solution.”  This document provides guidance on deploying Remote Desktop Session Host (RD Session Host) and other Remote Desktop Services role services in a virtualized environment with minimal hardware resources. The document also provides scalability information for a...

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Virtual Desktop Pool

Scenario The two virtual machine deployment scenarios supported by the Microsoft VDI solution are: 1) Virtual desktop pool and 2) Personal virtual desktops. These two scenarios present two different models of assigning virtual machines to end users. This post explains the virtual desktop pool scenario. Assignment A virtual desktop pool temporarily assigns a virtual machine...

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Personal Virtual Desktops

With Windows Server 2008 R2 we support two VDI deployment scenarios: virtual desktop pools and personal virtual desktops. The two scenarios present two different models of assigning virtual machines to end users: shared and dedicated. This blog post describes personal virtual desktops. What is a personal virtual desktop? – A personal virtual desktop is a...

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Running WS08 Terminal Server as a virtualized guest under Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V

One question that the RDS team is asked is whether running Terminal Server virtualized is supported and recommended.  To answer this question we’ve recently conducted some performance testing of this configuration using WS08 Terminal Server running as a guest on Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V.   To answer the first part: this is a supported scenario....

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Publishing in Windows Server 2008 R2

There are a number of ways in which an administrator can publish RemoteApp programs and virtual desktops in Windows Server 2008 R2. The following contains a brief, high-level overview of the publishing options you have, depending on the size of your deployment. Very small deployment, single Remote Desktop Session Host (RD Session Host) server/farm: If...

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Virtualization Road Show across the US

TS Blog readers may be interested in a Virtualization Road Show that Microsoft is putting on. It’s free, but you must register. The agenda includes discussion of server virtualization and management, Microsoft’s use of virtualization in data centers, and desktop virtualization. There will also be hands-on labs. Date City October 10, 2008 Anaheim , CA...

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Citrix Publishes FAQ on Microsoft Application Virtualization and Citrix XenApp (formerly Presentation Server) Working Together

Hello everyone!  A lot of people have speculated that Citrix and Microsoft would be at odds over the acquisition of Softricity SoftGrid as it seemed to pit the two partners against each other over application virtualization.  However, working in conjunction with Microsoft, Citrix has just posted a new blog entry which outlines how the two...

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