Active Directory Schema Requirements for Personal Virtual Desktops

Active Directory Schema Requirements for Personal Virtual Desktops

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Microsoft’s VDI solution offers two deployment scenarios: virtual desktop pools and personal virtual desktops. Below are the Active Directory requirements for Microsoft VDI deployments.

Windows Server 2008 R2 and earlier Microsoft VDI:

  • To deploy personal virtual desktops, your schema for the Active Directory forest must be at least Windows Server 2008. To use the added functionality provided by the Personal Virtual Desktop tab in the User Account Properties dialog box in Active Directory Users and Computers, you must run Active Directory Users and Computers from a computer running Windows Server 2008 R2 or from a computer running Windows 7 that has Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) installed. There are no Active Directory schema requirements for virtual desktop pools.
  • You must use a domain functional level of at least Windows 2000 Server native mode. The functional levels Windows 2000 Server mixed mode and Windows Server 2003 interim mode are not supported.

Windows Server 2012 and later Microsoft VDI:

  • There are no Active Directory schema requirements.
  • You must use a domain functional level of at least Windows 2003.
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