Desktop Virtualization Episodes
Windows Server 2008 R2: Remote Desktop Services Demo Episodes – Session-Hosts
Welcome to the desktop virtualization episodes. These videos will focus on the different mechanisms of providing a desktop to an end user, whether it’s shared, session-based desktop, running on Windows Server 2008 R2 RDS, or, whether it’s a VM hosted desktop, commonly referred to as VDI, again, utilizing RDS as a brokering mechanism to connect users, to their v Desktop. We’ll also take a look at some of the Partner solutions that are available in this space, and how they extend the Microsoft platform to provide compelling solutions for customers.
Windows Server 2008 R2: Remote Desktop Services Demo Episodes – Session-Hosts.
1. RDS Session Host – Installation & Configuration
In this video, I walk through the initial installation and configuration of the RDS Session Host (traditional Terminal Server) in a Windows Server 2008 R2 environment. I enable the role, set up the initial bits, and then go on to show some of the different ways I can deploy RDS Applications, also know as RDS RemoteApp.
Duration: 39m 12s
2. RDS Web Portal- Installation & Configuration
In this video, we build on part 1, by introducing an alternative way to access the different RDS applications and sessions. We’ll also take a look at some of the new functionality introduced in 2008 R2 such as User Assignment.
Duration: 15m 08s
3. RDS Broker – Installation & Configuration
In the previous videos, the RDS Web Portal was connected directly to the RDS Session host, and displayed applications and sessions accordingly, however in this video, we introduce the RDS Connection Broker, which, as the name suggests, will broker the connections from end-users to their apps/sessions. This allows us to scale our solution, yet at the same time, the Session Broker also gives us new options around Virtual Desktops (which will be covered in later videos). This video specifically looks at the integration of the Session Broker in a pure traditional RDS Session Host environment.
Duration: 26m 17s
4. RDS Gateway – Installation & Configuration
In this video, we introduce a level of security into our small demo environment, in the form of the RDS Gateway. I install and configure the role service, and show how the user experience changes when the Gateway is protecting our infrastructure.
Duration: 26m 03s
5. RDP7 Deep Dive & User Experience
In this video, we wrap up with a look at some of the ‘under the cover’ areas of RDS, particularly what’s changed in RDP7, Group Policies around RDS, and also, the end user experience with different content types, like Windows Media files.
Duration: 27m 06s
Windows Server 2008 R2: Remote Desktop Services Demo Episodes – VDI
1. Microsoft VDI Part 1 – Server Side Configuration
In this video, I walk through the server side configuration of the VDI environment. This includes configuring the Web Portal, the Connection Broker, and an RDS Session Host in Redirection Mode.
Duration: 28m 21s
2. Microsoft VDI Part 2 – Client Side Configuration
In this video, I show you how to make the necessary configuration changes to your chosen Virtual Desktop OS’s to get them ready for being a Virtual Desktop. I then go on to create 2 types of Virtual Desktop; Pooled, and Personal.
Duration: 12m 42s
3. Microsoft VDI Part 3 – Client Side Experiences
In this video, it’s time to step into the shoes of a user and see what kind of experience they can expect using Microsoft VDI. We’ll look at the effects Custom RDP settings can have, and look at the different ways we can access the Virtual Desktops, including the use of RemoteApp and Desktop Connection, which is a Windows 7 specific capability. We’ll also look at the quality of content such as Windows Movie files, and how they are handled over RDP. Important note – the video recording does not give an accurate representation of the video quality that RDP7 is capable of – I urge you to try it for yourself to see just how good it is!
Duration: 22m 05s
Extending the Microsoft platform with Partner solutions
1. Microsoft & Quest – vWorkspace 7.0 – Part 1 – Extending RDS Session-Hosts with Quest vWorkspace 7.0
In this videos, I’m joined by Matt Evans of the Desktop Virtualization Group at Quest, in the UK. Together, we walk through the different elements of vWorkspace 7.0, specifically focused on the session-based computing side of RDS and how vWorkspace is installed, configured, and how it is used from a user’s perspective!
Duration: 71m 54s
2. Microsoft & Quest – vWorkspace 7.0 – Part 2 – Extending Microsoft VDI with Quest vWorkspace 7.0
In this video, I’m joined by Matt Evans of the Desktop Virtualization Group at Quest, in the UK. Together, we walk through the different elements of vWorkspace 7.0, specifically focused on VDI components, and how they are installed, configured, and integrated with Hyper-V R2 and SCVMM 2008 R2. We’ll walk through all of these steps, and show the end user experience too.
Duration: 56m 16s