The basics of Remote Desktop Services: How it works

In its most basic form, RDS enables a remote user to access a virtual machine (VM). But how does this virtual session work?

How does RDS work?

How does RDS work?

So, now you know that in its most basic form, RDS enables a remote user to access a virtual machine (VM). But how does this virtual session work?

The technology that allows that session to occur is wrapped around RDS and includes capabilities such as protocols, compression, security, authentication, virtualization and management. While there are a lot of things going on behind the scenes, ideally, all remote users should notice is that they have logged into a system that provides them with their needed functions. Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) is used for transmitting screen events, updates and keystrokes. RDP encapsulates and passes the information across connections using TCP/IP.

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This was first published in March 2010

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