Working with RD Web Access in Windows Server 2012 R2

Introduction to RD Web Access

So far in this series we have talked about how to successfully deploy and manage a Microsoft Windows Server 2012 VDI environment. But the overall success of your deployment will be measured by end-user satisfaction. Providing an easy path for users to easily discover the resources available to them is essential.

This is where RD Web Access comes into play.  RD Web Access delivers VDI resources (RemoteApps or full desktops) to end users. You publish these resources, and RD Web Access makes them easily discoverable for end users in these ways:

  • On the RD Web Access web site.
  • In the Start Menu of Windows 7 and Windows 8 clients that have the RemoteApps and Desktop Connections (RADC) configured. See more about RADC in the “RADC and Windows 8” section.
  • In the modern Remote Desktop app on Windows 8 clients that have RADC configured.

In this article, we’ll look at how publishing works, what’s new in Windows Server 2012 and the Modern Remote Desktop Connection application, and how to customize RD Web Access.

How Publishing Works

At a high level, here’s how the pieces work together. You use RDMS to publish resources for the collection (recalling that a collection consists of homogenous servers). RD […]