How upgrading to Windows Server 2016 impacts VDI
Windows Server 2016 released several weeks ago, and for RDS and VDI, it’s got a lot of great new features going for it.
- Direct Device Assignment (DDA) allows you to dedicate GPUs to virtual machines.
- New codecs for clearer text.
- Storage Spaces Direct lets you use local storage to create scalable, software defined solutions.
There’s lots more, of course, like improvements for hosting desktops in the cloud.
One of the interesting things about the last few Microsoft OS releases is that the minimum hardware requirements have not changed much:
In 13 years, the minimum CPU hasn’t really changed, other than support for 32-bit CPUs, which was dropped after Server 2008.
If this was the only data you looked at, you might expect the same performance for end users on any of these OS versions when running on the same underlying hardware. We know that doesn’t make sense though –Microsoft continues to cram more new features into each release, adding things like antivirus, UI that utilizes the GPU, Cortana and more.
Read the entire article here, How upgrading to Windows Server 2016 impacts VDI
via the fine folks at LoginVSI