Configuring Active Directory for RDS 2012 VDI Collection

Just a quick post to show you how to configure Active Directory for VDI in RDS 2012/R2. So in the demo, I have two servers, the DC which also has RDS installed and the Hyper-V Server named HV01. Before we start, its a good idea to create the Organisational Unit required for the VDI Collection.… Read More

The Difference between Application Virtualisation & Layering

I have had a few questions recently regarding the benefits of Layering and Application Virtualisation, so I have summarised the basic concept here. The difference between application layering and application virtualisation, is that layering technology uses a virtual disk to form either a VHD or a VMDK. Once the disk has been created, the application… Read More

VDI Infrastructure qualified for Microsoft Lync

VDI Infrastructure qualified for Microsoft Lync Microsoft have added a Infrastructure qualified for MS Lync section to TechNET. This  shows VDI Partner platforms and client hardware platforms which are supported with Lync Server 2013. Summary: “With the release of Lync Server 2013, Microsoft has worked closely with multiple partners to bring enterprise-grade audio and video communication… Read More

Clarification on the use of Office 365 Pro Plus in VDI environments

Microsoft have recently clarified the licencing of Office 365 in VDI environments. You can use Office 365 using dedicated virtual desktop infrastructure but the virtual machine must be dedicated to the user. in order to install Office Pro Plus 2013 in the Remote Desktop Services (RDS) mode, you MUST have a volume licensing agreement. Click-to-run supports… Read More

Whats new in RDS 2012 R2

Its been a while since my last Remote Desktop Post so i thought it would be good to mention some of the new features coming with RDS 2012 R2. Reductions in Storage and Network Bandwidth: Microsoft have focused on reducing Storage and network costs for desktop deployments. Data Deduplication has been introduced to VDI (personal… Read More

Askham Bryan College implement Microsoft Remote Desktop 2012

Askham Bryan College is one of the fastest growing land based colleges in the country. The college needed to provide its staff with a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Solution that met the needs and demands of all remote staff. The college approached various resellers for quotes on VDI solutions and costs were around £100,000. The… Read More