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Microsoft Virtualization Secrets by John Savill

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Chapter 11

Architecting a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

IN THIS CHAPTER

  • What is Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)?
  • When do you need VDI and why is it so popular right now?
  • Architecting a VDI solution
  • Using other types of virtualization technology
  • Supporting user needs with different types of desktops
  • Understanding RemoteFX
  • Third-party VDI solutions for Microsoft platforms

In recent years, at the top of nearly every Chief Information Officer’s list of priorities is Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). VDI has been pushed as the solution to a multitude of problems and as the enabler for a whole new way of working. However, the reality is somewhere in the middle, and often other, more cost efficient solutions are available that don’t require full VDI deployment.

This chapter walks through what exactly VDI is, the components required to implement VDI, and the complementary virtualization solutions that are needed to ensure a successful VDI solution. Windows Server 2008 R2 introduced a basic in-box VDI solution, which was improved with Windows Server 2012. In addition, Microsoft has several key partners with add-on VDI solutions, which are discussed at the end of the chapter.

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