Deploying VDI for RDS 2012 / 2012R2 – Part III – Updating a Pooled Desktop Image

Applies to: Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2

Part III

In part II we saw how to deploy and publish a Windows 7 pooled virtual desktop. Now let’s take a look at the steps needed in making a change or update to our image and making it available to users. To recap our environment, we have a Windows 7 pooled desktop collection available to our users. This was created from our master virtual machine called Win7master. Part of the process needed when we created our collection was to run sysprep on our master image. As a good practice measure, I created a checkpoint of the virtual machine prior to running sysprep. This was done so I can easily revert the virtual machine back to a normal state prior to when I ran sys-prep. Read the rest of this entry »

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Deploying VDI for RDS 2012 / 2012R2 – Part II – Publishing a Windows 7 Pooled Desktop

Applies to: Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2

Part II

Now with our RD Virtualization Host deployed as per Part I of deploying VDI for RDS 2012, we are ready to publish a Windows 7 pooled VDI desktop. This section will cover the deployment of a pooled desktop and the options available when deploying the desktop. The first thing we will need is a Windows 7 virtual machine. I’ve pre-created this machine along with some applications installed on the image. Once you are done installing applications and configuring the Windows 7 image, we will need to prepare the image for deployment. In order to do this, we will need to run sysprep with the following options. Read the rest of this entry »

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Deploying VDI for RDS 2012 / 2012R2 – Part I

Applies to: Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2

In previous articles, we looked at the deployment steps of a traditional form of Remote Desktop Services (RDS) for 2012 and 2012 R2. Now let’s take a look at the setup of VDI for a 2012 RDS farm. This will be broken down into three parts. In this first part, we will go through the process of deploying the RD Virtualization Host role to a single Hyper-V server in an existing 2012 RDS farm. Then in the second part, we will go through the process of creating a desktop collection and publishing a Windows 7 pooled VDI desktop. Finally in part three, we will go through the process of maintaining a desktop image for a pooled desktop. This portion will cover the maintenance and updating of the main image in a pooled VDI desktop environment.

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Deploying the RD Gateway Service Role in a 2012 / 2012 R2 RDS Farm

Applies to: Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2

For any RDS farm, there is a very good chance users will be accessing the farm from a remote location outside of the corporate network. When doing so, it is critical to secure their connection, especially when corporate data is being accessed. In order to secure a user’s connection into a RDS farm, a RD Gateway server will be required. The RD Gateway enables authorized remote users to connect to resources in an internal corporate or private network, from any Internet-connected device that can run the Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) client. The network resources can be RD Session Host servers, RD Session Host servers running RemoteApp programs, or computers with Remote Desktop enabled.

The following will cover the steps needed in deploying a RD Gateway Server into a 2012 / 2012R2 RDS farm. Before deploying the RD Gateway Server, the RDS farm should already be built and configured. Please check out the following for more information on deploying a 2012 / 2012R2 Remote Desktop Services (RDS) farm. Read the rest of this entry »

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Collections – Publishing RemoteApp programs and Session Desktops on RDS 2012 / 2012 R2

Applies to: Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2

In a previous article, we went through the steps of deploying a 2012 / 2012R2 Remote Desktop Services (RDS) farm. Now with the farm built, let’s take a look at the changes and the process of publishing RemoteApp programs and session-based desktops in Server 2012 / 2012 R2.

Let’s open Server Manager and look at our farm. On the left column you will see a new node called Collections. Collections give you the ability to group a set of RD Session Host servers with a common set of applications and publish them to users. These can be RemoteApp programs or Session Host and VDI desktops. So think of collections as something similar to an application silo. For instance, let’s say we had a group of 5 RD session host servers which all have Office 2013 installed and are configured the same way. If we wanted to publish the Office applications across the 5 RD session host servers, we would first create a collection that included all 5 servers and publish the Office apps accordingly. This is the same if you wanted to provide users with a session host desktop. You would simply create a new collection, add the servers which will be providing the session desktop and publish them to the proper user group(s). One thing to note is you cannot publish a desktop to an existing collection which has already been configured for RemoteApps. The published desktop will require its own collection. Read the rest of this entry »

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Deploying a 2012 / 2012R2 Remote Desktop Services (RDS) farm

Applies to: Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2

A lot of people were pretty excited when Microsoft released RDS for 2012 and for good reason. Not only did they overcome the shortcomings of the previous release of RDS on Windows 2008 R2, they have also made it very easy to setup and configure. One of the many great features of 2012 and 2012 R2 is the ability to push roles and features to multiple servers in an environment from a single Server Manager console. Not only does this save time when rolling out a new RDS environment, it also makes it easy.

The following will cover the step by step process in deploying the base components of a RDS 2012 /2012 R2 farm. Before we begin the process, let’s look at the different roles we will be deploying.
 
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