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Microsoft Virtualization Secrets by John Savill

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Chapter 7

Using Session Virtualization

IN THIS CHAPTER

  • Understanding the role of session virtualization in today’s IT world
  • Evaluating the capabilities of Remote Desktop Protocol
  • Architecting a Remote Desktop Services session virtualization environment
  • Integrating session virtualization with other virtualization technologies
  • Identifying changes in Windows Server 2012 for session virtualization
  • Enhancing Windows session virtualization with third-party solutions

Session virtualization, which is also called presentation virtualization, is one of the most well established and highly used forms of virtualization. Separating the presentation of a session from an operating system or a specific application by using remote desktop protocols enables users to use a range of devices in various locations, while all the actual resources reside and computation takes place in corporate datacenters on a shared server infrastructure. For many IT professionals, Microsoft session virtualization means Terminal Services, technology that was most current 10 years ago. In reality, the technology has evolved a great deal in recent versions of Windows, offering a complete solution for organizations in many scenarios without the need for complementary solutions from companies such as Citrix and Quest, which were considered a necessity prior to Windows Server 2008.

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