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  • Published:
    December 12, 2012
  • Languages:
    English, Chinese (Simplified), French, German, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazil)
  • Audiences:
    IT professionals
  • Technology:
    Windows Server 2012
  • Credit toward certification:

Implementing Desktop Application Environments

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Design and prepare the application environment (20–25%)
  • Design an application distribution strategy
    • Design considerations including impact on clients, offline access, deployment infrastructure, and remote locations; plan for updates to applications
  • Plan and implement application compatibility
    • Configure and implement Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP); planning considerations including RDS, VDI, Client Hyper-V, Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT), and 32 bit vs. 64 bit; plan for application version co-existence
  • Update applications in desktop images
    • Configure online servicing; apply patches offline; configure offline VM servicing; update MDT task sequences

Preparation resources

Design and implement a presentation virtualization environment (15–20%)
  • Plan and implement presentation virtualization servers
    • Install and configure Remote Desktop Session Host; install and configure the Remote Desktop Web Access role; configure the Remote Desktop Connection Broker for the Remote Desktop Session Host; perform capacity analysis
  • Create and configure remote applications
    • Prepare Remote Desktop Session Hosts for application installation; configure RemoteApp properties; create a RemoteApp distribution file (MSI or RDP); sign packages with certificates; implement application version co-existence by using Remote Desktop Web Access; configure file extension associations
  • Deploy and manage remote applications
    • Configure RemoteApp and Desktop Connections settings; configure GPOs for signed packages; subscribe to the RemoteApp and Desktop Connections feeds; export and import RemoteApp configurations; deploy a RemoteApp distribution file (MSI or RDP)

Preparation resources

Design and implement an application virtualization environment (15–20%)
  • Install and configure application virtualization environments
    • Planning considerations including choosing a protocol to deploy virtual applications (file server or streaming); configure App-V modes (stand-alone, lightweight, and enterprise); install an App-V infrastructure; configure GPO settings for App-V; deploy an App-V client for Remote Desktop Session Hosts
  • Prepare virtual applications
    • Sequence applications; install and configure the sequencer environment; prepare applications for deployment in different environments; configure virtual application interaction and sharing
  • Manage application virtualization environments
    • Configure App-V; manage application cache; configure System Tray / SFTTray.exe switches; configure application extensions with virtualized applications; configure application settings using group policies

Preparation resources

Deploy, manage, and maintain the application environment (20–25%)
  • Deploy applications to the desktop
    • Deployment considerations including using System Center 2012 – Configuration Manager or Client Hyper-V; configure package advertisements using System Center 2012 – Configuration Manager; publish or assign software using GPOs
  • Plan and implement application updates
    • Configure System Center 2012 – Updates Publisher; re-sequence/redeploy applications; deploy updates by using System Center 2012 – Configuration Manager; configure WSUS for application updates
  • Plan and implement application upgrades
    • Migrate application settings and configurations; mitigate compatibility issues; plan for application version co-existence; re-sequence/redeploy applications; decommission applications; migrate documents; migrate Microsoft Office applications using Office Migration Planning Manager (OMPM); deploy application upgrades by using Group Policy
  • Implement applications security
    • Configure AppLocker policies; configure System Center 2012 – Endpoint Protection settings; configure User Account Control (UAC) settings; configure Data Execution Prevention (DEP) settings; configure Windows Firewall; configure Remote Desktop Session Host server security; configure Software Restriction Policies (SRP)
  • Monitor applications
    • Monitor Remote Desktop Session Host sessions; monitor offline application usage; monitor real-time sessions; monitor application licensing usage; configure Asset Intelligence Service (AIS) in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

Preparation resources

Design business continuity for the desktop and application environment (20–25%)
  • Design and implement a resilient Remote Desktop infrastructure
    • Design highly available Remote Desktop Web Access, Remote Desktop Connection Broker, and Remote Desktop Gateway; perform backup and recovery of the Remote Desktop Licensing server; configure virtual machine or dedicated farm redirection
  • Design and implement business continuity for virtual desktops
    • Design and implement Hyper-V Replica with Hyper-V Replica Broker; design and implement business continuity for personal and shared desktop collection
  • Design and implement a resilient virtual application delivery infrastructure
    • Design and implement highly available App-V data store and management server; implement pre-populated/shared cache App-V functionality for the VDI environment; implement highly available content share; implement a branch office strategy using App-V; manage VM backups

Preparation resources

Who should take this exam?

This exam is part two of a series of two exams that test the skills and knowledge necessary to design, implement, and maintain a Windows Server 2012 desktop infrastructure in an enterprise scaled, highly virtualized environment. Passing this exam validates a candidate’s ability to plan, configure, and implement the Windows Server 2012 desktop services, such as desktop imaging and deployment, application/desktop virtualization, and RDP access and infrastructure. Passing this exam along with the other exam confirms that a candidate has the skills and knowledge necessary for designing, deploying, and maintaining desktop infrastructure services in a Windows Server 2012 environment.

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