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31 Days of our Favorite Things: Windows Server 2012 and Easy(er) VDI (Part 13 of 31)

For those of you not familiar with the acronym, VDI stands for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure.  The idea is that I can provide my users their desktops via remote desktop connections…

“Like Terminal Services?”

An example of a NON-virtual desktop...Where have you been since 2007?  But, in a sense, yes.  Using the same (or a similar) remote desktop protocol connection, and from a simple (or even “thin”) client, a user can access a computing desktop – whether all their own or shared.  But in this case, instead of a user session on a Remote Desktop Session Host (you’d call it a Terminal Server), the user is connecting to a virtual machine running a desktop operating system. 

“Oh yeah.. I’ve heard of that.  I’ve considered it, but it is complex.”

It’s certainly not something you enter into lightly.  And we still suggest that you consider partners such as Citrix to add value to the implementation.  But the good news is that in Windows Server 2012 we make it much easier to configure, manage, and support a VDI infrastructure.

“’VDI Infrastructure’?  Isn’t that redundant?”

Shut up.

Today’s “31 Days of our Favorite Things” article comes to you by my friend Brian Lewis.  He will give you all the details on how to set up VDI using Windows Server 2012 and, oh, about 11 mouse clicks.



Are you considering VDI as a way to centrally provide and manage user desktops for some segment of your workforce?  Are you already doing this?  Share your experiences, or ask your questions, in the comments.

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Kevin is an engaging and highly sought-after speaker and webcaster who has landed several times on Microsoft's top 10 webcast list, and has delivered many top-scoring TechNet events and webcasts. In his past outside of Microsoft, Kevin has held positions such as software engineer, information systems professional, and information systems manager. He loves sharing helpful new solutions and technologies with his IT professional peers.

A prolific blogger, Kevin shares his thoughts, ideas and tips on his “Full of I.T.” blog (http://aka.ms/FullOfIT). He also contributes to and moderates the TechNet Forum IT Manager discussion (http://aka.ms/ITManager), and presents live TechNet Events throughout the central U.S. (http://www.technetevents.com). When he's not busy learning or blogging about new technologies, Kevin enjoys digital photography and videography, and sings in a band. (Q: Midlife crisis? A: More cowbell!) He continues to challenge his TechNet Event audiences to sing Karaoke with him.