Session virtualization is not going away and is in no way a “yesterday” technology. While it is one of the oldest technologies, it has evolved with changing needs and has not been eclipsed by VDI; it complements VDI, with each handling different use case scenarios. Taking into account the shift in technology and new form factors and operating systems that need access to Windows applications, the very efficient publishing of applications made possible by RDS session virtualization makes it more critical than ever.
Windows Server 2008 R2 established a very rich set of features for virtualized desktops, and Windows Server 2012 makes them easily available to all organizations with the new scenario deployment feature, which deploys and configures a multiple-server RDS environment. For evaluation purposes, the Quick Start scenario deployment is a great way to quickly see what is possible and learn about the product.
As Microsoft improves its RDS solution, the complementary partner solutions also improve, offering customers a wide range of solutions that cover any possible business requirements. Take time to carefully ascertain what is needed by the organization and its users, and then evaluate the various options to ensure that the right solution is selected—one that meets the return on investment goals. Finally, don’t automatically bypass the Windows RDS solution. It’s great in Windows Server 2008 R2. In Windows Server 2012, it rocks.