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 05 - How To Set Up and Use Remote Desktop Services (RDS) for Applications on Server 2008 R2

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Tutorial Overview
Remote Desktop Services, or RDS is the old Windows Terminal Services but several generations updated! Where organizations used to think of Terminal Services as the foundation for Citrix where the "real" stuff came from the Citrix add-in, now with Windows 2008 R2 RDS, we've found most (almost all) organizations no longer need Citrix. Microsoft has improved their out of the box features and capabilities that everything that you used to buy Citrix for is now included. And with x64-bit host servers, we can now stuff 32gb or 64gb and 8core or 16core into a single system and get 150-250 users on a single RDS server.

Prior to the Windows Server 2008 R2 version of Remote Desktop Services, Windows supported only one Windows Installer installation at a time. For applications that required per-user configurations, such as Microsoft Office Word, an administrator needed to pre-install the application, and application developers needed to test these applications on both the remote desktop client and the Remote Desktop Session Host. Windows Installer RDS Compatibility feature allows identifying and installing missing per-user configurations for multiple users simultaneously and makes the application installation experience on Remote Desktop Server similar to that on a local desktop.

In Windows Server 2008 releases, setting up RDS can be a daunting task. There are many moving parts with various configurations, polices, certificates, etc. to integrate together. This is however not the case anymore. Now in Windows Server 2012, the RDS deployment and maintenance processes have been dramatically simplified and automated with a smooth and rich user experience.