Virtual desktop strategies and architecture Definitions

  • P

    persistent desktop

    A persistent desktop is a virtual desktop that maintains user settings and data so that each time a user logs into their virtual desktop, all of their personalized settings, files and data appear.

  • R

    remote desktop connection broker

    A remote desktop connection broker allows clients to access various types of server-hosted desktops and applications.

  • Remote Desktop Services (RDS)

    Remote Desktop Services (RDS) is an umbrella term for several specific features of Microsoft Windows Server that allow users to remotely access graphical desktops and Windows applications.

  • RemoteFX

    RemoteFX is a set of protocols for Microsoft's Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) that are used to remotely deliver Windows virtual desktops over a local area network (LAN).

  • V

    virtual desktop

    A virtual desktop is a computer operating system that does not run directly on the endpoint hardware from which a user accesses it.

  • virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)

    Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is a desktop virtualization technology wherein a desktop operating system, typically Microsoft Windows, runs and is managed in an on-premises or cloud data center.

  • virtual hard disk (VHD)

    Virtual hard disk (VHD) is a disk image file format for storing the complete contents of a hard drive.

  • VMware Horizon Client

    VMware Horizon Client is software that IT or users install on endpoint devices to connect with Horizon View virtual desktops and applications running on vSphere ESXi servers in a company's data center.

  • W

    Windows Thin PC

    Windows Thin PC (WinTPC)  is a stripped down version of Windows 7 for legacy PCs that do not have the resources to support a full version of Windows 7.

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