How Remote Desktop Services Can Benefit You
You’ve probably heard the term “Remote Desktop Services,” thrown around quite a bit since 2012. Formerly known as “terminal services,” in 2008, Remote Desktop Services (RDS) has been enhanced over the years, giving businesses a leg-up when it comes to managing remote employees or clients. But how does it work? Is RDS the best solution for your company’s needs? Let’s go through the basics, shall we?
What’s the Deal with RDS?
RDS, in its simplest form, allows desktop and application deployments to be run on any device. The opportunities this gives businesses is huge, and includes improving remote worker efficiency, helping to keep critical intellectual property secure, and simplifies regulatory compliance. RDS also enables virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), session-based desktops, and applications, allowing users to work anywhere. With a network connection and access to the Cloud, users have the ability to RemoteApp, which provides the ability to deliver applications remotely, or Remote Desktop, which allows a user to connect to a completely different desktop from their current device. Both of these options are a great benefit to any business who wishes to provide consistent services and applications to its employees and clients.
More to Love
With Microsoft RDS 2012, users were provided with some basic features that make a huge difference to their business management including:
- Unified administration experience – Allows an administrator to manage virtual desktop collections, configure RemoteApp programs, manage virtual desktops, and add servers to the deployment from one centralized console.
- User personalization – User profile disks allow user personalization settings across session collections and pooled virtual desktop collections.
- Less expensive storage – Pooled virtual desktops can use local storage live migration between host computers. Personal virtual desktops can use storage located on network shares.
- Automated pooled virtual desktop management – Deploy and manage pooled virtual desktops centrally by using a virtual desktop template. Any changes, such as application installation or security updates, are installed on the virtual desktop template, and the pooled virtual desktops are then recreated from the virtual desktop template.
Shiny New Upgrades
Microsoft RDS 2012 gave some incredible features for those running older systems, but what is new in the RDS world? To start with, the Microsoft blog has comprehensive descriptions of the newest features of RDS 2016 that you’ll want to read up on. To summarize, Windows Server 2016 keeps all of the handy features from the older models, and adds some new options such as:
- Windows10-like experience – Works and feels like Windows 10, for a streamlined user experience.
- New GPU acceleration capabilities – RemoteFX improvements and Discrete Device Assignment feature.
- Personal Session Desktops – VDI, based on Windows Server 2016 inside the guest.
- New traffic protocol – RDP v10.
- Remote Credential Guard – protects credentials from being stolen during the logon process into RDS.
- New RDS clients for Windows, MacOS, iOS and Android.
- Optimized Connection Broker – handles much more requests and can store its DB in Azure SQL Database.
- Simplified deployment of RDS in Azure.
Windows Server 2016 gives some much needed upgrades to older versions, drastically improving the user experience, but how do you decide which version is best suited for the needs of your business? Trusted Tech Team offers a broad range of Windows Server products: from early 2003 and 2008 versions, to a download of the latest Windows Server RDS 2016. For more information on choosing a license that is right for you, be sure to check out the Trusted Tech Team Windows Server CAL Guide.
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