Now that Windows Server 2008 R2 has reached the Release Candidate point, Microsoft is working hard to evangelize all the new capabilities of the product. And one of the new features that all BrianMadden.com readers should be familiar with is the inclusion of a brand-new “in box” VDI solution.
Microsoft’s VDI solution has a lot of moving parts. There’s new versions of the TS connection broker and web access console (now called RD Connection Broker and RD Web Access, respectively). There’s also the Hyper-V server that will host your remote VMs (called TS Virtualization Host), and of course there’s the remote Windows 7 VMs themselves. (And each of those can be run in pooled or personal mode).
Unfortunately, setting up a working Windows Server 2008 R2 VDI environment is not as simple as clicking “next, next, next.” So if you have the time and you’d like to step through it all, Microsoft has created several guides that walk you through the entire process:
- Installing Remote Desktop Session Host Step-by-Step Guide (Even though this is for RD “Session Host,” which is TS, it’s the guide that walks you through configuring AD (now called “ADDS”) and stuff.
- Deploying Remote Desktop Web Access with Remote Desktop Connection Broker Step-by-Step Guide
- Deploying Personal Virtual Desktops by Using Remote Desktop Web Access Step-by-Step Guide
- Deploying Virtual Desktop Pools by Using Remote Desktop Web Access Step-by-Step Guide