Don’t Forget the GPU in Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) Environments!

By |March 25th, 2020|

People often compare the experience they get using a physical workstation with the experience they get when working in a Remote Desktop session environment – but they forget that almost all physical workstations and even laptops these days contain a GPU. They forget to add a GPU to their remote desktop session hosts and are surprised by the less-than-stellar user experience. Comparing a GPU-backed user experience to one that only uses the CPU is comparing apples to oranges. The folks at REX Analytics decided to show this - and then they leveled the playing field... REX Analytics first compares user [...]

Windows Virtual Desktop is Generally Available!

By |September 30th, 2019|

Windows Virtual Desktop is Generally Available! So it's been an exciting trip from the time Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) was announced last year until now.  Today all the hard work of the Microsoft RDS team pays off. WVD is now generally available! Here are some important datapoints: Here is the big announcement Listen to Scott Manchester talk about: The production release of WVD Using FSLogix technology to attach user profile data AppAttach (in preview) AV Redirect for Teams (in preview) A new way to  lift-and-shift file shares into Azure easily WVD uses Azure Traffic Manager to route incoming connections through [...]

Why GPUs Matter for Remoting Environments

By |March 28th, 2019|Tags: |

A common question asked by our customers is if graphics processing units (GPUs) really improve remote end-user experience in virtual desktop environments. The answer is yes, they do in many use cases and for both on-premises and cloud setups. One reason is that the Central Processing Unit (CPU) load on a remoting host can be reduced significantly by offloading graphics calculations used in many modern Windows applications to a GPU. Another reason is that GPUs can do video encoding and decoding much more efficient than any CPU. Simply said, offloading graphics calculations and video codecs to a GPU improves remote [...]

FSLogix for everyone!

By |March 21st, 2019|

Last November Microsoft announced the acquisition of FSLogix. “…Office 365 ProPlus is currently the best Office experience, and, with FSLogix enabling faster load times for user profiles in Outlook and OneDrive, Office 365 ProPlus will become even more performant in multi-user virtual environments (including Windows Virtual Desktop)…” The main question that was left behind was what the licensing model would be like. Integrated into a Microsoft 365 license or O365 license? What about on premises deployments? Is it only going to be available on Azure? *** ANNOUNCED TODAY *** FSLogix may be used when you have the one of the [...]

Windows Virtual Desktop: Public Preview Available

By |March 21st, 2019|

As of today, Windows Virtual Desktop is available in Public Preview! Having been part of the private preview since the early releases of RDmi, it’s great to see it being available for everyone to test drive as part of the public preview! To get started, follow this link for more information: We can now also share some more details on the licensing of Windows Virtual Desktop. If you want to use Windows 10 Multi Session as the operating system, you can do so based on either of the following licenses · Microsoft 365 E3/A3 · Microsoft 365 E5/A5 · [...]

RD Web Client (HTML5) – New Features In 1.0.11

By |March 7th, 2019|

On February 22nd Microsoft released version 1.0.11 of the RD Web Client (also known as the HTML5 client). Here are the features that were added to this version. RD Gateway is no longer required Previous versions of the RD Web Client required using RD Gateway in the deployment. For internet facing scenarios this makes sense. (We also advise to add RD Gateway to every deployment to add an additional layer of security.) But there are also times when RD Gateway is not needed, for example, if users are local to the deployment. This latest version of the HTML5 Client does [...]

Microsoft Acquires FSLogix!

By |November 19th, 2018|

Well, this is huge news: Microsoft acquired FSLogix! We did some extensive testing of FSLogix with Outlook and Skype for Business a while back, which clearly showed the value add of FSLogix. Claudio also wrote a whitepaper on how FSLogix can be used to complement UPDs or even replace it completely.  And now these capabilities are all under one roof. From an RDS / WVD perspective this is great. Read more about the acquisition here:  

UPD? FSLogix? Both? Which one is better?

By |October 29th, 2018|

If I could ask for $1 every time someone asks me what I think about User Profile Disks (UPDs), I would be retired by now. Some time ago (maybe a long time ago), Eric (from XenApp Blog) and I were having a chat about how to deal with large user profiles due to some testing he was doing with Turbo Containers (by the way, a great tool for many use cases). Interested on knowing what Microsoft was doing under the hood when UPDs were enabled within an RDS Session Collection, Toby Phipps, a Microsoft MVP for RDS, pointed me to [...]

Microsoft HTML5 client for RDS (RD Web Client) reached general availability!

By |July 17th, 2018|

Great news, the Microsoft RD Web Client reached general availability today! This means we can now start using a modern browser to access published Desktops and Applications based on HTML5. We have been following the RD Web Client since very early private preview stages and it’s great to see the 1st release out there now! An overview of the articles we published on this topic over the past year:   January 2018 -  HTML5 client for Microsoft Remote Desktop Services 2016: Remote Desktop Web Client March 2018 - Microsoft HTML5 client public preview now available! July 2018 - HTML5 client [...]

New Remote Desktop Session Host performance counters to diagnose app performance!

By |April 25th, 2018|

New performance counters for the RD Session Host role are available for the latest Windows Server 2019 preview release! “…One of the most difficult problems to diagnose is poor application performance - the applications are running slow or don't respond. Traditionally, you start your diagnosis by collecting CPU, memory, disk input/output, and other metrics and then use tools like Windows Performance Analyzer to try to figure out what's causing the problem. Unfortunately, in most situations this data doesn't help you identify the root cause because resource consumption counters have frequent and large variations. This makes it hard to read the [...]

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