A new announcement from Gartner confirms what most in the IT industry already know: Windows 10 is well on its way to becoming the most widely installed operating system ever. Microsoft estimates that 12 million business PCs are running Windows 10 and that it has been downloaded over 110 million times. Gartner agrees, predicting that 50% of all enterprises will have started Windows deployments by the end of 2016. What does this mean for enterprise IT?
Already, employees are bringing their own devices to work with Windows 10 preinstalled, and are expecting access to existing Windows business apps. This presents a major challenge for IT, as some older apps may be incompatible with the new OS. If your IT organization isn't ready to do a complete Windows 10 migration, how do you handle this Windows 10 app compatibility issue? With remote desktop session host (RDSH) technology and Unidesk app layering.
Why RDSH for Windows 10 App Compatibility
Remote desktop session hosts (RDSH) enable you to centralize desktops and applications on Windows server machines running in a data center or the cloud. From there, they can be delivered to any device using a remote display protocol. The same Windows Server instance can be shared by many users, enabling you to publish multiple desktop or application "sessions" from a single RDSH server.
This is why RDSH is ideal for solving the Windows 10 app compatibility problem. Incompatible apps can be installed on RDSH servers and remotely displayed on Windows 10 PCs, laptops, and tablets. Users can use the apps the same as if they were locally installed on the Windows 10 device.
The Different Flavors of RDSH
Here's the shortlist of the most popular RDSH technologies. Each can be used for publishing older Windows apps to Windows 10 devices:
- Citrix XenApp: The long-time leader in highly scalable application publishing and multi-user Windows terminal services for on-premises data centers.
- Microsoft RDSH/RemoteApp: "In the box" Windows Server technology that is becoming an increasingly common choice for publishing apps to any endpoint device from corporate data centers.
- Azure RemoteApp: A cloud-hosted RemoteApp environment that hides the complexity of RDSH server provisioning, load balancing, and protocol configuration, enabling you to realize the benefits of RDSH without any on-premises infrastructure.
Why Unidesk for RDSH
Whether you're publishing apps through on-premises RDSH or cloud-hosted RDSH, application delivery and image management have been the big pain points. In larger environments, silos or collections are built just for a single department, resulting in multiple Windows images and application instances that IT needs to patch over and over again.
This is where Unidesk application layering technology comes in. Unidesk makes application lifecycle management and image management fast, easy, and efficient for all RDSH solutions:
- Citrix XenApp and Microsoft RemoteApp: Unidesk separates Windows apps from the OS as virtual disk "layers", so you manage them only one time. You can then deploy the app layers to multiple Citrix XenApp or Microsoft RemoteApp servers without installation. Once the virtual disks "layers" are attached by Unidesk to the session hosts, the apps can be remotely delivered to any Windows 10 device. Unidesk also makes application lifecycle management for RDSH much easier. Layer versioning tracks all updates, and layers can be rolled back to quickly “undo” bad patches and avoid downtime. Simply assign an earlier app layer version to the RDSH servers to fix any problems caused by a patch.
- Azure RemoteApp: Unidesk layering can also be used to simplify application lifecycle management for Azure RemoteApp. Unidesk automates the Azure RemoteApp image preparation and upload process, so that the same app layers that can be deployed to RDSH servers on-premises can be quickly turned into images for delivery through the cloud.
If you want to learn more about how Unidesk works with RDSH, check out these links:
You should now understand how RDSH can help you solve your Windows 10 app compatibility issues in the short-term. Not to mention the other benefits you'll get from centralizing your apps - improved security, access from any device, BYOD, mobility, and simpler management (with Unidesk).
How are you dealing with Windows 10 app compatibility? Will you consider RDSH? Or just move ahead with a wholesale upgrade to Windows 10? (Unidesk helps there, too, by making Windows 10 app re-packaging and desktop re-imaging easy). Let us know!