Microsoft RDSH Session Management at Scale

Posted by Rob Zylowski on Oct 13, 2015

We have been working with Microsoft VDI - including session hosts (RDSH), full virtual desktops, and Azure - for about a year now in the field. As with anything, it has taken a while to understand the strengths and limitations of the technologies. We've found that the underlying RDS broker technology scales very well. A load balanced pair of Remote Desktop Connection Broker Servers can scale to many thousands of desktops or session hosts and provide quick connection times for users. However, the management tools built into Windows Server do not scale as well, topping out at about 400-500 virtual machines.

In the past, IT administrators would need to utilize PowerShell as they approached the 500 VM mark. With Unidesk's extensions to RDS, patching and updating RDS collections is now automated and simple. But there are still some great things you can do with PowerShell to extend RDS with additional capabilities. In this blog, I'll introduce my first utility to help with managing Windows sessions and virtual desktops at scale.

Microsoft VDI, Microsoft RDSH   |   Read this post >

Lifecycle Management of Mission Critical Applications on XenApp or RDSH

Posted by Andrew Nadeau on Sep 28, 2015

One thing Unidesk is known for is our ability to layer any application and deliver it as a virtual disk container in minutes. Our application layering has proven to be superior to other application delivery models such as bundling apps into an image, isolating apps with application virtualization technology, or using above-the-OS layering technologies that struggle with app compatibility and interoperability issues.

One thing we're not as well known for – but which is becoming immensely valuable to our Citrix XenApp and Microsoft RDSH customers – is our ability to manage the full lifecycle of mission-critical applications.

Citrix XenApp, application layering, Microsoft RDSH   |   Read this post >
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