Recap of the session I presented at Microsoft Ignite 2017

By |October 2nd, 2017|

Last week I attended Microsoft Ignite in Orlando and on Tuesday I presented a session on hosting RDS and VDI in the Cloud. This blog post is a recap of the session including links to demos I showed. I started my session with the question whether RDS or VDI would still be relevant today. I pointed out that the application landscape of an average organization today already contains a lot of SaaS and Web based applications. Also, Apps from App stores are becoming more common in the corporate world. These types of applications are already enabled for the modern workplace and [...]

OneDrive for Business Performance in Non-Persistent Environments Using FSLogix’s Office 365 Containers

By |September 18th, 2017|

An Independent Remote End-User Experience Performance Benchmark Based on this Microsoft knowledge base article, “the OneDrive for Business sync app isn’t supported for client sessions that are hosted on Windows 2008 Terminal Services or Windows 2012 Remote Desktop Services (RDS).“ This is also true for RDS running on Windows Server 2016. In order to gain access to OneDrive for Business files, Remote Desktop users have to utilize a web browser. FSLogix Office 365 Containers however, does support roaming OneDrive for Business cache. So RDS Gurus decided to test the user experience of remote desktop users working with OneDrive for Business in [...]

RDP10 versus PCoIP on Hyper-V with DDA

By |September 3rd, 2017|

In August, Gabe Knuth published an article on describing Teradici’s new product announcements. An important aspect of Teradici’s product offering is their PC-over-IP protocol (PCoIP), an alternative to other remoting protocols. But how good is PCoIP and what are the ideal use cases? To answer this question, we compared the performance of Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) and PCoIP in June and July 2017. This project was sponsored by Microsoft with input from Teradici. Our primary focus was on benchmarking the performance of graphics workloads in Hyper-V virtual machines accelerated by NVIDIA M60 GPUs attached through Discrete Device Assignment [...]

Outlook Performance in Non-Persistent Environments Using FSLogix’s Office 365 Containers

By |August 11th, 2017|

An Independent Remote End-User Experience Performance Benchmark RDS Gurus decided to run performance tests on Outlook in non-persistent environments using FSLogix’s Office 365 Containers solution. We wanted to illustrate the user experience of remote desktop users working in an RDS environment configured to use FSLogix Office 365 Containers relative to the typical user experience when using native RDS UPD technology. Our primary focus was to measure how performance degrades when multiple users are simultaneously working with Outlook (“noisy neighbor effect”). We did this by collecting performance metrics as well as video footage of a series of test runs where users [...]

Next Gen Architecture for RDS Announced at Inspire!

By |July 13th, 2017|

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 [...]

Real time logging your Microsoft RDS environment using PowerShell

By |July 7th, 2017|

All Remote Desktop Services events logs in a single pane? Every RDS event from machine A and B that has written an event in last 10 minutes? Listen to events from RDS event logs in real time from all RDS related servers in your deployment? Jason Gilbertson, a Technical Advisor at Microsoft who works closely with the RDS Product team wrote a single PowerShell that does all of the above, and much more!! Some of the features: - Export logs locally or remotely to .csv format on local machine grouped by machine name - Convert *.evt* files to .csv - [...]

RDP Protocol Specifications and Other Helpful Documentation

By |April 3rd, 2017|

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 [...]

Test-Driving XenApp Essentials

By |March 30th, 2017|

By: Freek Berson & Kristin Griffin Citrix XenApp Essentials is live! Here's a little background on what XenApp Essentials is, and why you might want to use this service. As many of you may know, Microsoft made the decision to retire Azure RemoteApp (read more on that from Benny Tritsch's blog post).  XenApp Essentials is its replacement. Simply put, Citrix Cloud builds and maintains the RemoteApp deployment. It builds the XenApp workload servers for you in your Azure subscription (based on your custom server image). It provides a secure web storefront for you from which users can access their remote apps from any device, and [...]

A Beginner’s Guide to XenApp and XenDesktop on Azure

By |March 30th, 2017|

By: Benny Tritsch & Kristin Griffin Deploying Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop in Microsoft Azure is an interesting solution for everybody who wants to deliver Windows desktops or applications from the public cloud. Citrix and Microsoft are working closely together to develop this modern application delivery platform based on Azure Resource Manager (ARM). This article introduces the multiple variants of hosting XenApp and XenDesktop on Azure, allowing potential customers to make the right choices for their particular use cases and business models. Before looking at the details of the different XenApp and XenDesktop on Azure options it is helpful to define [...]

Cost Calculator for XenApp and XenDesktop on Azure

By |March 20th, 2017|

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).  

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