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Deploying Windows 8 Virtual Desktop Infrastructure on Windows Server 2012

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Deploying Windows 8 Virtual Desktop Infrastructure on Windows Server 2012
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Several months ago, fellow blogger Kees Baggerman covered RDS: Windows 8 Scenario-based RDS deployment which included a 10 minute YouTube video on RDS Session Virtualization (aka terminal services).  In this article, I am going to cover the other element of RDS scenario-based installation, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure. Microsoft VDI technologies have been around for several iterations of Hyper-V and Server 2008. With 2008 R2 SP1 Microsoft introduced RemoteFX, a promising technology for virtual desktop GPU acceleration.  However, in the past there have been several challenges with deploying Microsoft VDI, namely the initial desktop provisioning and stateless pooling.  With Server 2012, these two components have several promising enhancements.

First, Server 2012 now has a built-in provisioning mechanism whereby a powered down and SysPrep’d Hyper-V virtual machine can be used as a master desktop to provision collections of virtual desktops. This means that System Center Virtual Machine Manager is no longer a requirement or nicety for the initial provisioning of the systems. Additionally, this built-in provisioning mechanism uses VHD differencing disks, similar to the VMware linked clone and Citrix MCS disk chaining technologies.  Second, Server 2012 now has a stateless pooling and reverting mechanism whereby changes to the virtual desktops are reverted upon logoff. This means pooled VDI desktops are no longer tainted by previously logged in users. To demonstrate these capabilities, let’s start by deploying a simple VDI infrastructure including three servers: a Connection Broker (CB01), a Web Access server (WA01), and a Virtualization Host (HV01). Each of these three systems consists of typical installations of Server 2012, joined to a single domain.

Read the entire article here: Deploying Windows 8 Virtual Desktop Infrastructure on Windows Server 2012 at ITVCE.com

   

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