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November 2018, Vol. 2, No. 6

Understand Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop and its benefits

No technology is immune from the influence of the cloud, and this includes virtual desktops. The associated management infrastructure represents an opportunity to move to new, modern architectures. Microsoft is doing just this with its new Windows Virtual Desktop offering, which is based on a cloud-native infrastructure called Remote Desktop modern infrastructure. Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop also includes another twist: a new version of Windows that, as the company puts it, provides a "multiuser Windows 10 experience." Taken together, these announcements indicate a major step forward in the virtual desktop, VDI and desktop-as-a-service markets. Remote Desktop modern infrastructure (RDmi) was first announced at Microsoft Inspire 2017. It takes Remote Desktop Session Host roles that ran on Windows Server, including RD Broker, RD Web and RD Gateway, and replaces them with Azure Web App services that perform the same functions. RDmi further modernizes remote desktops by taking advantage of virtual networks to separate ...

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