This past January I had the pleasure of participating in the Citrix Partner Expert Council (PTEC) that was held in Las Vegas. Over 200 partners, myself included, were able to directly communicate and give our feedback to the different Citrix Product Managers. It’s great to know that Citrix is still on top of it’s game and gets partners involved in the product development cycle. During one of the casual events I had a pretty interesting chat with a couple of my fellow participants. One thing … [Read more...] about What’s so Special About a Citrix Engineer?
Applies to: Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 Part III In Part II we saw how to deploy and publish a Windows 7 pooled virtual desktop. Now let’s take a look at the steps needed in making a change or update to our image and making it available to users. To recap our environment, we have a Windows 7 pooled desktop collection available to our users. This was created from our master virtual machine called Win7master. Part of the process needed when we created our collection was to run sysprep on … [Read more...] about Part III – Updating a Pooled Desktop Image
Applies to: Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 Part II Now with our RD Virtualization Host deployed as per Part I of deploying VDI for RDS 2012, we are ready to publish a Windows 7 pooled VDI desktop. This section will cover the deployment of a pooled desktop and the options available when deploying the desktop. The first thing we will need is a Windows 7 virtual machine. I've pre-created this machine along with some applications installed on the image. Once you are done installing applications … [Read more...] about Part II – Publishing a Windows 7 Pooled Desktop
Applies to: Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 In previous articles, we looked at the deployment steps of a traditional form of Remote Desktop Services (RDS) for 2012 and 2012 R2. Now let’s take a look at the setup of VDI for a 2012 RDS farm. This will be broken down into three parts. In this first part, we will go through the process of deploying the RD Virtualization Host role to a single Hyper-V server in an existing 2012 RDS farm. Then in the second part, we will go through the process of … [Read more...] about Part I – Deploying VDI for RDS 2012 / 2012R2
Applies to: Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 In a previous article, we demonstrated the steps needed to configure HA for the RD Connection Broker servers in an RDS 2012 farm. If you are using an RD Gateway server for a farm where HA is configured for the brokers, there are a few steps you will need to do in order for users to be able to successfully connect through the RD Gateway server(s). When a user connects through the RD Gateway server, the gateway server will initially connect the user to … [Read more...] about Configuring the RD Gateway Server for a 2012 RDS farm with HA enabled for the RD Connection Brokers
Applies to: Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 One of the biggest issues with Remote Desktop Services on Windows 2008 R2 was the limitation of only having a single active RD Connection Broker server per RDS farm. Yes, you still could have multiple broker servers, however they would run in an Active/Passive mode. This was a major problem since it would limit the size of the farm. The more servers, resources, and users added to the farm put a strain on the single active RD broker server. In most … [Read more...] about Configuring HA for the Remote Desktop Connection Broker in a 2012 RDS Farm
Applies to: Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 For any RDS farm, there is a very good chance users will be accessing the farm from a remote location outside of the corporate network. When doing so, it is critical to secure their connection, especially when corporate data is being accessed. In order to secure a user’s connection into a RDS farm, a RD Gateway server will be required. The RD Gateway enables authorized remote users to connect to resources in an internal corporate or private network, … [Read more...] about Deploying the RD Gateway Service Role in a 2012 / 2012 R2 RDS Farm