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Group Policy: Fundamentals, Security, and the Managed Desktop, 2nd Edition by Jeremy Moskowitz

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Appendix A

Group Policy and VDI

Not everyone is flocking to virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). Most still have a standard desktop and laptop running the operating system on the actual machine itself.

Your non-Microsoft tablet (dare I say it?), an iPad or Android, for instance, won’t run Windows. So if you want to give someone a remote desktop experience, you can use traditional Remote Desktop Services (RDS)/Terminal Services, or create a VDI infrastructure.

A VDI infrastructure is loosely defined as a desktop PC running in a virtual machine on a server using a hypervisor (like Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix XenApp, or VMware vSphere). These “desktops” can be either persistent or nonpersistent. Persistent means that the user experience feels like ...

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