When I was at the Microsoft MVP summit a few weeks ago, I got a copy of a pretty cool wall chart from Microsoft called "Windows Server 2008 R2: Remote Desktop Services Component Architecture." It was created by Microsoft employees Martin McClean, Brian Lich, and Thomas Willingham, (and, they said, completely laid out in Visio!?!).
You can download the full-size PDF from Microsoft:
The chart shows all the components that make up a Remote Desktop system, including the Session Host (TS), Virtualization Host (VDI host), the gateway, connection broker, licensing, and the web portal. This latest version of the chart also covers RemoteFX. Each component is in its own box, along information explaining how it works, setup steps, and the general flow.
I talked Thomas into giving me a whole stack of the full-size high-quality printed versions, and I'll be raffling off one of them at each of the nineteen "Desktop Virtualization 2011" single-day seminars that I speak at this year. (The first few cities in March/April are San Francisco, Boston, Washington DC, and New York City. So sign up now if you haven't yet!)