RDS Gurus is happy to welcome Esther Barthel to our ranks. Esther is a Citrix CTP, Microsoft MVP and Netscaler Extraordinaire! She brings vast EUC experience and knowledge to RDS Gurus and we are going to use all of it to further the interests of our client base. Check out her bio here. Welcome aboard Esther!
For those of you who missed the tweet, Freek is giving a talk about how to use Azure Resource Manager (ARM) to deploy Parallels RAS. Sign up here: Creating a Parallels RAS High-Available Deployment in Microsoft Azure in 30 Minutes
Hurry, the talk is tomorrow, November 2, at 10AM PDT!
And if you can't make tomorrow, Freek will give another talk on November 7th at 11am CET.
Come learn how Freek leverages the power of Azure to deploy a high-availabile Parallels RAS IaaS deployment. This is exciting stuff folks! - Great automation and a really fast deployment.
If you did not see the session at Microsoft Inspire, this is big news:
The new RDS “modern infrastructure” is announced, as well as the new HTML 5 web client.
Check out the announcement here: Today at Microsoft Inspire–Next generation architecture for RDS hosting and be sure to sign up for the technical preview! I went ahead and signed up through the survey form, and FYI:
“Due to the limited number of slots available, we may not be able to provide opportunities to all interested customers at this time. We will let you know about the status of your request by end of August 2017.”
So if you want in, sign up now!
We have been asked more than once for documentation on the RDP protocol, UDP transport, RD Gateway protocol, etc. So we have put a list together of this kind of documentation. RDP Protocol Specifications are at MSDN. Go to the MSDN Library > Open Specifications >. Then go to navigate to Protocols > Windows Protocols > Technical Documents>
The RDP specs are way down in that list under [MS-RDP…]
- [MS-RDPADRV]: Remote Desktop Protocol: Audio Level and Drive Letter Persistence Virtual Channel Extension
- [MS-RDPBCGR]: Remote Desktop Protocol: Basic Connectivity and Graphics Remoting
- [MS-RDPCR2]: Remote Desktop Protocol: Composited Remoting V2
- [MS-RDPEA]: Remote Desktop Protocol: Audio Output Virtual Channel Extension
- [MS-RDPEAI]: Remote Desktop Protocol: Audio Input Redirection Virtual Channel Extension
- [MS-RDPEAR]: Remote Desktop Protocol Authentication Redirection Virtual Channel
- [MS-RDPECLIP]: Remote Desktop Protocol: Clipboard Virtual Channel Extension
- [MS-RDPEDC]: Remote Desktop Protocol: Desktop Composition […]
For those interested in learning how much it might cost you to move your Azure RemoteApp deployment or your on premises RDS deployment to XenApp and XenDesktop on Azure, here’s a cost calculator to get you started.
This tool takes two paths: Extend your current Citrix deployment into Azure, or move to Azure and let the new Citrix Cloud Service do the heavy lifting (more on Citrix Cloud here).
In my lab I want to be able to start different operating systems quickly – effectively use my hardware as more than one environment. For me, the quickest way to do this is to get some large SSDs, and slap Windows Server 2016 on them, add some VMs in Hyper-V, and now I have a mini lab, contained on one SSD.
I also want to be mobile. I want to walk around with my lab on SSD, and be able to plug it in to any PC, boot from it, and be up and running.
I got a 1TB SSD, and a USB-C cable. I thought “I will install Windows Server 2016 to this external drive, add the VMs, and be on my way.
Not so fast….when I went to install the OS to an external USB, the external disk showed up in the disk list to choose from, but it was not selectable. Selecting this disk showed this message: “Windows Server 2016 cannot be installed to this disk…”(right….it can’t be installed to external USB. ARGH!)
What to do? I really don’t want to have to connect this drive internally – it prevents the mobility.
I had a Windows 10 machine, and on that […]
Ignite Session Now Available! "Get an Independent Insider’s View of Desktop Virtualization and Session Remoting"
Benny Tritsch’s Ignite session is now available here!
Microsoft is busy at work pushing out some new documentation on RDS deployment and upgrading in Windows 2016 (and much of it is instruction for Azure deployments). Here is starting point:
- Deploy a basic desktop hosting environment using Azure IaaS
- Deploy a Storage Spaces Direct scale-out file server for UPD storage in Azure
- Upgrade your RDS deployment to Windows Server 2016.
- Configure your desktop hosting environment.
- Deploy a desktop hosting environment.
- Deploy a Remote Desktop Session Host farm to improve availability.
- Deploy a Remote Desktop Connection Broker cluster.
- Deploy a RD Web Access and Gateway farm.
- Deploy RemoteApp programs.
- Deploy a personal sessions desktop environment.
- Deploy a Storage Spaces Direct scale-out file server for UPD storage
- License your deployment by using client access licenses
We’ve got something cool to show you at Microsoft Ignite. If you’re there, make sure you see “Get an Independent Insider’s View of Desktop Virtualization and Session Remoting” (BRK3280) on Friday morning. I think you’ll find it worth your while, as we’re showing you how we can empirically measure the remote end user experience on Windows Server 2016. Using tools that we created, Benny Tritsch, Ruben Spruijt and I did some benchmark testing of Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2016 to learn about the new performance and application compatibility advances in this version of Windows Server. Using the same tools, we can show the results. See for yourself how Windows Server 2016 Remote Desktop Services performs when configured for WARP, RemoteFX and the new Discrete Device Assignment (DDA). And check out the performance of the new Azure N Series VMs configured with DDA.
Why Test on Windows Server 2016?
There’s some new features and capabilities in RDS in Windows Server 2016. Discrete Device Assignment (DDA) is new to Windows Server 2016. RemoteFX in 2016 also has some new capabilities:
- Support for OpenGL 4.4 & OpenCL 1.1
- Up to 1GB dedicated VRAM can be assigned to a VM guest
- Up to 4k resolution […]