Enterprise Terminal Server 2008 Farms, from BriForum 2008

This session looks at designing an enterprise-class Terminal Server farm with only Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services and other complimenting Microsoft Products, without the need of investing in add-on products like Citrix and Provision Networks.

This is a video of a breakout session from BriForum 2008, presented by Michael Burke.

Session Description: This session looks at designing an enterprise-class Terminal Server farm with only Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services and other complimenting Microsoft Products, without the need of investing in add-on products like Citrix and Provision Networks.

By leveraging the new features of Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services, such as the Session Broker and Session Load Balancing, terminal server farms with only Windows Server 2008 are possible. Coupled with TS Web Access and TS Gateway, secure access can be obtained over SSL using only a web browser. When leveraged with Microsoft SharePoint, Web Access can aggregate access to the entire Terminal Server farm through a single web-based interface.

This session will explore the possibilities of creating an enterprise-class Terminal Server farm with only Windows Server 2008 and other supporting Microsoft products and technologies. Areas covered include:

  • Session Load Balancing
  • Secure access to the published seamless applications
  • Web-based access to applications (farm access with MS SharePoint)
  • Universal printing
  • Profile management (Mandatory/Roaming/Flex)
  • Application de-siloing (SoftGrid)
  • Performance Monitoring and Application Deployment (SCOM/SCCM)

This session is presented in conceptual form with the pros and cons of leveraging each of the features listed above in an exclusively Windows Server 2008 terminal server-only environment. Certain complimentary Microsoft products will be presented to close a few gaps (SoftGrid, SharePoint, etc.) but no non-Microsoft products that have hard costs associated will be included.

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