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  • Blog Post: Dell announces new solution for Windows Server 2012 R2

    Last week Dell announced the Dell Wyse Datacenter for Microsoft VDI and vWorkspace that can scale from ten to tens of thousands of seats. Dell’s platform supports the RemoteFX virtual graphics processing unit to provide a great end user experience, and demonstrates how the experience can be expanded...
  • Blog Post: Remote Desktop Services – Upgrade and Migration guidelines for Windows Server 2012 R2

    Hello everyone, I am Geanina Andreiu from the Remote Desktop Virtualization Team. I’m writing today to let you know that we have published the Remote Desktop Services migration to Windows Server 2012 R2 document that will walk you through various migration scenarios for a Remote Desktop Services (RDS...
  • Blog Post: Remote Desktop Services Diagnostic Tool

    Hey folks, I’m Omair Gillani, a program manager on the Remote Desktop Virtualization team. Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 make deploying and managing Remote Desktop Services (RDS) super easy by using a single pane of glass management interface. However, RDS deployments can get complex...
  • Blog Post: Lowering the cost of storage for VDI using Windows Server 2012 R2 with Data Deduplication

    Hi all, I’m Tristan Scott, a program manager on the Remote Desktop Virtualization team with some exciting news for decreasing the storage cost of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) using Windows Server 2012 R2. The File Server team just posted two great blogs on the value of live data deduplication...
  • Blog Post: Enhancements to Dell DVS Enterprise for Windows Server 2012

    Our friends over at Dell recently blogged about the Dell PowerEdge VRTX platform delivering a first class Microsoft VDI solution for 250 or 500 users.   This was followed up with a more detailed post .   This shows how Windows 8 VM’s provide a 66% increase in density on a  PowerEdge...
  • Blog Post: What's New in Remote Desktop Services for Windows Server 2012 R2

    Enabling Modern Work Styles Using Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2012 R2 This post is a part of the nine-part series What’s New in Windows Server & System Center 2012 R2 that is featured on Brad Anderson’s In the Cloud blog. Today’s blog post covers Remote Desktop...
  • Blog Post: 2000 Seat VDI Deployment Benchmark

    Hey all, If you are interested in an “incrementally expandable” Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) pool architecture and want to hear about some benchmarking results we just completed, you are in the right place! Recently we partnered with Dell to build a 2000-seat VDI deployment...
  • Blog Post: Register for the next Microsoft Jumpstart on April 18: Using Microsoft VDI to Enable New Workstyles

    If you are new to the benefits of a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), not sure when or why to use session-based or virtual machine-based desktop deployments, or have questions about the architecture (including App-V and UE-V), consider taking the new Jump Start course on April 18, 2013. This free...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft VDI vs. VMware View: Freedom of choice

    Adam Carter just put up a good blog describing the overall value that session-based and virtual machine-based desktop deployment provides   in response to a VMware datasheet.  For anyone considering session-based and virtual machine-based desktop deployment , definitely worth a look.
  • Blog Post: New Windows Server 2012 Remote Desktop Services Showcase Videos

    Hi, Klaas here again.  I wanted to point out the showcase videos we produced to help explain some of the great features we’ve shipped in Windows Server 2012 Remote Desktop Services. In May I provided an overall functionality overview where the following videos focus on a specific area and include...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Scale-Out File Server in Windows Server 2012 for VDI Deployments

    Hello, this is Jingyuan and Sriram from Remote Desktop Virtualization team. In this blog post, we’re really excited to introduce the new Scale-Out File Server feature in Windows Server 2012 for VDI deployments. File Servers are widely used in VDI deployments to store server application data, such as...
  • Blog Post: Get a complete Windows Server 2012 VDI solution today!

    So you can’t wait to get your hands on some awesome hardware to host a Microsoft Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solution with all the great innovations in Windows Server 2012? The wait is over—order your hardware now! At WPC in Toronto, Dell just announced the first VDI reference architecture based...
  • Blog Post: Everything you ever wanted to know about Microsoft VDI - from TechEd 2012

    Hi, I am Gaurav Daga, Lead Program Manager on the Remote Desktop Virtualization team. I work on RemoteFX, and I attended TechEd last month with a few of my teammates. In June, Dean Paron posted two TechEd overview videos for Remote Desktop Services (RDS) in Windows Server 2012. Today’s blog...
  • Blog Post: Remote Desktop Services “What’s New” in Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate

    Hi, I’m Ben Meister from the Remote Desktop Virtualization team. We’ve been hard at work after the beta release earlier this year. This post highlights some of the features added and enhancements made in the Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate build. Special thanks to Snesha Foss and Shanmugam Kulandaivel...
  • Blog Post: Get started with Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server "8" Beta

    For Windows Server “8” Beta, the Remote Desktop Services documentation team has written topics that you can use to evaluate and deploy Remote Desktop Services within your environment. We will cover Windows Server “8” Beta enhancements in future blog posts. Following is a list...
  • Blog Post: New VDI Management Capabilities in Windows Server "8" Beta Overview

    As part of the Windows Server “8” Beta, we have updated the Remote Desktop Services administration capabilities to simplify deploying virtual machine-based and/or session-based desktops or applications. This includes new features related to pooled deployment (single virtual desktop template...
  • Blog Post: New white paper: Why Hyper-V for VDI

    We’ve just released a new white paper entitled Why Hyper-V for VDI . It explains why organizations should choose Hyper-V as their hypervisor when designing and implementing a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solution. It includes requirements analysis and benchmarking.
  • Blog Post: RD Connection Broker plug-in for System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 released!

    We just released an RD Connection Broker plug-in for VMM 2008 R2 that enables dynamic placement of VDI virtual machines for both personal virtual desktops and virtual desktop pools. To determine how this can help your VDI deployment, see Michael Kleef’s write-up: http://blogs.technet.com/b/mkleef/archive...
  • Blog Post: Configuring Remote Desktop licensing settings on a Remote Desktop Virtualization Host server

    [Step 4 corrected 1/27/2011. Thank you, pdias ] This blog post introduces the Windows PowerShell cmdlets for configuring Remote Desktop licensing settings on a RemoteFX -enabled RD Virtualization Host server in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. Until Windows Server 2008 R2, in a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure...
  • Blog Post: Centralized Licensing Management for Microsoft VDI

    This blog post introduces the new Centralized Licensing Management work, implemented in Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) as a part of the RemoteFX feature, for centrally managing the licensing configuration in a Microsoft Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) deployment. This post assumes that...
  • Blog Post: Testing Microsoft RemoteFX – Get the SP1 Release Candidate!

    In March, Microsoft announced RemoteFX and how it enables a rich desktop experience for endpoint devices ranging from traditional PCs to the most lightweight of thin client devices. And in July, we provided testing guidance for RemoteFX using the Service Pack 1 (SP1) Beta – thank you for all your feedback...
  • Blog Post: Using Hyper-V Differencing Disks with VDI

    On the Virtualization with Hyper-V Technical Resources page , we’ve posted the “Virtual Hard Disk Performance White Paper.” This paper contains information about the performance implications of operations that use a differencing disk with Hyper-V, as well as the pro and cons of using differencing disks...
  • Blog Post: Don’t Fence Me In: VDI, Session Virtualization … or Both?

    Hi, Max Herrmann here again from the Remote Desktop Services team at Microsoft. Lots of news and activity this week at VMworld in San Francisco, including Microsoft’s open letter to VMware customers . Today, I wanted to discuss a question that is important to our large base of session virtualization...
  • Blog Post: More partner momentum around Microsoft RemoteFX in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta

    Hi, Max Herrmann here again , and today I am writing to you from our Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington D.C. where we are talking to 9,000+ partners about the public beta release of Service Pack 1 for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. Check out Oliver's blog about SP1 beta and download the...
  • Blog Post: RD Virtualization Host Capacity Planning in Windows Server 2008 R2 is now available

    The RD Virtualization Host Capacity Planning in Windows Server 2008 R2 is now live on the Download Center.  This white paper is intended as a guide for capacity planning of RD Virtualization Host in Windows Server 2008 R2. It describes the most relevant factors that influence the capacity of a given...
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