Summary of Today’s Microsoft Terminal Services Chat with Bob Muglia
If you did not get a chance to listen to the chat today then I will give you a real quick summary.
The chat was with Bob Muglia, senior vice president for the Windows Server division of Microsoft; Iain McDonald, director of Windows Server program management; and Chandra Shekaran, product unit manager of Terminal Services.
The big things taken away from the chat were the following:
- Microsoft is planning to deliver some of the functionality that Citrix provides, but not until Longhorn Server, which they are only saying “2007” (no more specific than that). The TS features that Microsoft plans to deliver in Longhorn
- Microsoft also said, “There were no planned TS enhancements for R2. We have no new TS features in R2.” I guess we will have to wait for 2007.
- “Remote Programs” – remoting of individual apps rather than the entire desktop with a seamless windows look and feel.
- A central place for an Administrator to manage a TS deployment thru a Management Console
- Redirection of PnP Devices whose drivers are UMDF compliant
- TS Gateway that allows RDP to be sent over HTTPS
- Microsoft Server schedule:
- Server 2003 R2 later this year
- Longhorn 2007
All in all, it was a very interesting call that laid out the future of our beloved Terminal Services. If I can get my hands on the transcript then I will post it.
For a video of what’s new check out my next post.