Microsoft Virtual Desktop Infrastructure provides a rich user experience across devices and simplifies management with a single console—all at a great value.
Microsoft Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) lets you deliver desktops and apps without compromising compliance. Apps and data stay in the datacenter so the risk of information loss from lost and stolen devices is reduced.
Microsoft VDI provides:
Microsoft’s solution gives IT the freedom to choose between personal or pooled virtual desktops as well as session-based desktops so IT can customize the implementation to meet their organization’s needs.
Manage your VDI architecture with a single, integrated console. You can automate deployment and configuration of server roles, manage personal and pooled virtual desktops, and use session shadowing to view and remotely control active user sessions. The Deployment Wizard automates configuration of various roles and accelerates deployment.
Provide a leading Windows experience that supports iOS, Mac OS X, and Android in addition to Windows and Windows RT. The experience is further optimized by using RemoteFX, which provides, support for wide area network connections, software GPU, USB redirection, and multi-touch remoting. You’ll see high performance even in low-bandwidth scenarios and a significant reduction in reconnect time with Quick Reconnect.
Reduce costs and increase efficiency with storage tiering, disk deduplication, dynamic distribution of resources (bandwidth, CPU, and disk use), and flexible storage options supporting direct-attached, network-attached, or storage area network storage of virtual machines. Implement consistent user personalization with User Profile Disk in pooled deployments.
Microsoft VDI can host session-based desktops, personal or pooled virtual desktops. That means you can deploy the right type of VDI desktop for your users, all from a single platform.
Session-based desktop deployment includes new, simplified methods to configure and manage session-based desktops, so you can quickly and easily deploy the infrastructure for one or more Remote Desktop Session Host servers simultaneously. Plus, User Profile Disks will allow you to preserve personalization settings for your session collections.
Windows Server 2012 R2 makes it easier to create pooled environments than personal desktops. These tools let you deploy and manage pooled virtual desktops with virtual desktop templates, preserve user personalization for pooled virtual desktop deployments with User Profile Disks, and support multiple storage options, including local and Server Message Block storage for virtual machines.
RemoteApp delivers remote applications to users instead of full desktops. With RemoteApp, you get a straightforward publishing process that allows apps on session or VDI hosts to run side by side with local apps and integrate with the Start menu—so they are easier for users to find and launch.
Download Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 to begin your VDI evaluation today.
RDS CAL is the license required to access Microsoft VDI/RDS infrastructure. You must obtain RDS CAL for each user or for each device to access the RDS functionality.
For personal or pooled virtual desktop deployments—regardless of VDI architecture used—access to the Windows operating system must be licensed by device.