Windows Server 2012 R2 Jump Start - VDI


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  • With Windows Server 2012, our aim was to ensure that VDI is simple to deploy and easy to manage. Features that fulfill this promise are:Easy Deplyment: QuickDeploy helps customers get started with VDI fairly quickly and easily. In just a few clicks, customers can set up a basic VM or session based VDI, thereby drastically reducing the number of steps and the complexity associated with setting up such an environment.A simple, intuitive setup wizard takes customers through the steps required to setup a VM or session based environment. Selecting between one of the deployment modes has been simplified to checking an option during the setup process. Additional settings can easily be configured during the wizard based setup, thereby not sacrificing functionality at the expense of simplification.RDS creates and deploys the VMs for you as part of the setup process, thereby reducing the dependency for additional tools during the setup process. The VMs and sessions are also automatically configured with optimal settings, so users can start connecting to their desktops fairly quickly.
  • With Windows Server 2012, our aim was to ensure that VDI is simple to deploy and easy to manage. Features that fulfill this promise are:Simple and Unified Administration toolsThe RDS administration console has been greatly simplified so that IT has plenty of options to setup and manage users, sessions and VMs from a single console.In addition to desktops, IT can also publish RemoteApps to both VMs and Session desktops using the administration console.IT can manage user permissions, including their settings and other properties as well from the same console that they use to manage desktops, thereby ensuring complete in-box management for a simplified VDI deployment experience.This platform scales into the hundred’s through the GUI, and beyond that, you have the capabilities of Windows PowerShell scripting.
  • With Windows Server 2012, our aim was to ensure that VDI is simple to deploy and easy to manage. Features that fulfill this promise are:Streamlined VM MgmtLeverage master images for both personal and pooled VMsPatch storms are a common problem in VDI environments, where if all desktops on a particular server start a resource intensive task such as patching at the same time, the server usually gets overloaded and the desktops are unusable for some time. In order to solve this problem, RDS ensures that patching for virtual desktops is randomized, so as to ensure that no single host server gets inundated with all VMs or sessions beginning a patch cycle at the same time.In addition, RDS offers specialized patching for pooled VMs. The master image can be patched, and then IT can determine if all guest VMs should be patched immediately (requires all users to be forced to log out and log in again), or if the users receive the patches upon next login.Fast sysprep: Create in one pass without needing a reboot.Optimization such that logging into a pooled VM are still fresh, but optimized for quick loginAuto-Rollback: Pooled VMs auto rollback to gold stateAuto-Assignment: assign users to collection, automatically get VM
  • With Windows Server 2012, technologies such as RDS and Hyper-V provide the scalability and flexibility that enterprises demand from their virtual desktop platform.User Disks:One of the reasons that customers want to look at pooled desktops or sessions is to lower the cost of their VDI (since in both models, there are fewer images to manage and store). However, one of the biggest issues with pooled VMs and sessions is that users lose any changes made to their profiles (including setting changes) upon logout. In order to make pooled VMs and sessions a viable deployment model, the user’s data (user and application settings, personal data such as documents and pictures, etc.) are stored on a separate .vhd file called a User Disk.When the user logs in, RDS combines the Users Disk with a desktop either from the VM or session pool, thereby providing the user with their data and settings. With User Disks, IT can provide a certain level of personalization to pooled VMs or session based deployments. However, it is important to note that User Disks cannot be used to roam across different pools or collections, or across a physical environment to a virtual environment. It is also important to note that user installed applications cannot be persisted even with user disks, and are lost upon logoff.
  • With Windows Server 2012, technologies such as RDS and Hyper-V provide the scalability and flexibility that enterprises demand from their virtual desktop platform.Fair ShareFair Share is a collection of technologies that ensure that no single VM or session hogs machine resources (memory, disk I/O and bandwidth), thereby reducing the impact to other users on the system. If a VM/session starts to utilize more resources than deemed safe by the system, Fair Share will automatically throttle the resource in question, thereby dynamically distributing that resource across other VMs/ sessions.RDS has Fair Share built in to manage resources for sessions. Hyper-V has a collection of technologies to manage bandwidth, I/O and memory, collectively ensuring performance of VMs.
  • With Windows Server 2012, technologies such as RDS and Hyper-V provide the scalability and flexibility that enterprises demand from their virtual desktop platform.Storage Options:RDS now supports various lower cost storage, such as SMB based fileshares, or Direct Attached Storage (DAS), in addition to SANCan separately configure storage location for Parent VHD, individuals VMs, and UserVHD. Use different storage tiers for each to optimize Hence, storing VMs is now cheaper, as customers do not have to rely on expensive SANs anymore.Powerful Hyper-V platformRDS can now be configured to have multiple active nodes, thereby enabling the connection broker to scale up, while still ensuring DR.As always, the RDS platform provides APIs to help partners build on top of the Microsoft platform. Hence, partners such as Citrix can help scale out the Microsoft VDI platform to include largest and most complex of deployments.
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Jump Start - VDI

    1. 1. Day 1 Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2 Server Virtualization in Windows Server 2012 R2 Cloud Optimized Networking in Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage in Windows Server 2012 R2 Day 2 Server Management & Automation with Windows Server 2012 R2 VDI with Windows Server 2012 R2 Access & Information Protection with Windows Server 2012 R2 Web Application & Platform with Windows Server 2012 R2 VDI with Windows Server 2012 R2
    2. 2. DOWNLOAD Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview #WS2012R2JS DOWNLOAD System Center 2012 R2 Preview Hands-On Labs System Center 2012 R2 Jumpstart July 15th -
    3. 3. The explosion of devices is eroding the standards-based approach to corporate IT. Devices Deploying and managing applications across platforms is difficult. Apps Today’s challenges Data Users need to be productive while maintaining compliance and reducing risk. Users expect to be able to work in any location and have access to all their work resources. Users
    4. 4. Devices AppsUsers People-centric IT Enable your end users Allow users to work on the devices of their choice and provide consistent access to corporate resources. Unify your environment Deliver a unified application and device management on- premises and in the cloud. Protect your data Help protect corporate information and manage risk.Management. Access. Protection. Data
    5. 5. Why Microsoft VDI? Deliver great user experience Why Microsoft VDI? Reduce time to deploy applications and updates Balance user requirements with corporate compliance Protect against loss and leaks of sensitive corporate data Save resources with the flexible storage options right to your environment Centrally administer and manage desktops Enable users to access corporate apps and data from any device/any location
    6. 6. VDI with Windows Server 2012 Powered by Windows Server 2012 1 platform • 1 experience • 3 deployment choices Personal VMs Firewall Desktop sessions Pooled VMs Public LocationCorporate Office Branch Office Home
    7. 7. Sessions Personal VMsPooled VMs Choosing the Right VDI Architecture Ease of management App compatibility Personalization Cost effectiveness Good Better Best
    8. 8. User Profile Disk maintains user personalization in pooled deployments. Fair Share dynamically distributes bandwidth, CPU, and disk use. Flexible storage options support direct- attached, network-attached, or storage area network (SAN) storage of virtual machines. Easy deployment automates deploying and configuring server roles. Unified administration uses a single, integrated console for management. Streamlined management helps IT manage pooled and personal virtual machines. Efficient Management Solution Principles Rich User Experience USB redirection enables access to locally attached devices in remote desktops. RemoteFX for wide area network (WAN) dynamically detects network conditions and tunes experience. Seamless experience supports multitouch, new Windows Experience, and Start menu integration. Graphics processing unit (GPU) support for both physical and software GPUs. Best Value for VDI
    9. 9. Automated deployment and configuration Admin tools integrated in server manager Session Shadowing Efficient management with simple deployment, intuitive administration, and scalability Simplifies management of pooled and personal virtual machines Unified administration Remote Desktop Services installation wizard Streamlined management of virtual machines
    10. 10. Easy deployment with automation Set up a simple VDI deployment easily and quickly Use wizard-based setup and deployment for multiple scenarios Create virtual machines automatically with settings
    11. 11. Unified administration that is intuitive to manage Provide one, integrated console for roles, servers, collections, us ers, and virtual machines Session Shadowing integrated with console Automate and manage at scale with Windows PowerShell Offer consistent publishing applications and desktops
    12. 12. Streamlined management of virtual machines for scalability Use master images for personal and pooled virtual machines Avoid patch storms by queuing maintenance updates Accelerate system preparation, optimize logons, and provide automatic rollbacks
    13. 13. User Profile Disk Multiple storage optionsFair Share Best value for VDI with key platform capabilities Support direct attached, network, or SAN storage of virtual machines. Automatic Tiering and Deduplication Dynamically distribute bandwidth, CPU, and disk use Maintain user personalization in pooled deployments High availability for all roles
    14. 14. User Profile Disk Enable personalization on pooled virtual machines or sessions Store user data and settings on a separate virtual hard disk Simplify deployment of lower- cost VDIs (pooled virtual machines and sessions) VDI Session Host
    15. 15. Personalization with User Profile Disk User Profile Disk with pooled virtual machine collections User Profile Disk with remote desktop session host collections What should I deploy? User Profile Disk With every virtual machine pool and remote desktop session host collection User environment virtualization To apply roam settings across collections Folder Redirection To apply roaming user data across collections To centralize user data backup Benefits Available with pooled virtual machine collections and remote desktop session host collections Stores all user settings and data Contains roaming user profile, Folder Redirection cache, and user environment virtualization Roams with user within collection Appears as a local disk and improves application compatibility
    16. 16. Fair Share Helps ensure high performance across user virtual machines and sessions Apply to both sessions and virtual machines Dynamically distributes resources (bandwidth, CPU, and I/O) I/O
    17. 17. Multiple storage options Use direct-attached storage, network- attached storage, and clustered or SAN storage Leverage tiered storage to automatically optimize performance Reduce storage cost by leveraging disk deduplication
    18. 18. Storage options Sample configuration Windows Server 2012 • Storage spaces • Server Message Block 3.0 (SMB3) and Hyper-V SMB support • Cluster storage volume • Scale-out file server • Online disk dedupe and tiered storage VDI storage configuration • Direct-attached, central SMB, or central CSV / SAN • Storage location of User Profile Disks, parent virtual hard disk, and virtual machines can be configured separately for each collection • Optimum use of high I/O operations per second versus high volume storage Storage Space Storage Space Storage Space Storage Pool Storage Pool Storage Pool Block based storage Hyper V Scale out file server SMB
    19. 19. Comparing and reducing VDI costs Personal virtual machines Management Costs Compute Costs DAS Storage CostsSAN Storage Costs Each image = OS + application +user data Each user has a personal image Costs + App-v and disk dedupelication Reduce costs across all deployment types by using Windows 8 and direct- attached storage (DAS). DAS is approximately 25% the cost of SAN. Storage savings DAS savings DAS savings DAS savings Pooled virtual machines+ User Profile Disk + Application Virtualization Server infrastructure management effort Storage for OS images Images to manage With Application Virtualization and storage for apps
    20. 20. High availability Improve with active/active broker Use a scale-out file server and Hyper-V clustering Experience up to 64 nodes and 8,000 virtual machines per cluster with Hyper-V Further increase density by using Remote Desktop Session Host (greater than 2x compared to virtual machines)
    21. 21. Remote Desktop Connection Broker Database High availability Hyper-V cluster Web farm Cluster Remote Desktop Session Host farm Web farm With Windows Server 2012 Active/active high availability mode for brokers Scale-out file server and resiliency Requires Microsoft SQL Server Automatic data migration from single instance to high availability Remote Desktop Virtualization Host Remote Desktop Connection Broker Remote Desktop Licensing Remote Desktop Session Host Remote Desktop Gateway Remote Desktop Web Access Remote Desktop Web Access Remote Desktop Gateway Remote Desktop Virtualization Host Remote Desktop Session Host Remote Desktop Licensing SQL Server Clustering
    22. 22. Rich user experience with RemoteFX Dynamically detect network conditions and tune experience RemoteFX for WAN Enable access to locally attached devices in remote desktops USB redirection Support multitouch, new Windows Experience, and Start menu/screen integration Seamless experienceGPU support Support both physical and software GPUs
    23. 23. Crisp text always What is a rich user experience? DIRECTACCES Aero always on, rich new Windows UI Adaptive graphics remoting based on content type RemoteApp programs integrate seamlessly with local desktop Reconnect feature for ease of movement across devices Ability to serve desktop apps to Windows RT tablet users Full single sign-on Full multitouch and gesture remoting
    24. 24. Hardware and software GPUs Rich multimedia USB redirection Multitouch WAN acceleration Single sign-on Corporate LAN RemoteFX over LAN or WAN RemoteFX delivers a consistently rich user experience to users over LAN or WAN (regardless of deployment model) Internet or WAN
    25. 25. Image Content Text Content RemoteFX adaptive graphics Video/Animations
    26. 26. RemoteFX progressive rendering
    27. 27. RemoteFX for WAN Balances bandwidth and scale to give the best user experience Combines RemoteFX adaptive graphics with intelligent WAN-aware transports Automatic choice of TCP or secure UDP transport Detects and tunes graphics to network dynamically and automatically Integrated with Remote Desktop Gateway Delivers a great user experience beyond corporate networks Branch offices Wireless devices Work-from-home offices Roaming users on 3G/4G networks Benefits
    28. 28. RemoteFX Media Streaming Uses dynamic codecs that have low bit rates for audio and video Supports redirection of Windows Media Decreases bandwidth consumption as much as 90% Provides server-side video detection for other media types Media Streaming
    29. 29. RemoteFX USB Device Redirection RemoteFX USB device redirection Isochronous transfer Uses a wide variety of USB peripherals, including those requiring isochronous transfers USB Device Redirection Can be used with all scenarios Physical, virtual, or session desktop No GPU needed Isolates devices to the user’s session
    30. 30. CPU-emulated DirectX 11.1 software GPU Provides 3-D capabilities to sessions and virtual machines at high scale Optimized for knowledge worker workloads such as Microsoft Office and web browsing Provides the highest scale for session host and VDI RemoteFX vGPU Provides a virtualized hardware-accelerated DirectX 11 GPU for VDI, optimized for: Best performance for 3-D graphics-intensive applications Best experience with full animations and transitions Best application compatibility, running as a console session in a virtual machine Choice of GPU on server
    31. 31. New for R2 Improved RemoteApp behavior Dynamically Add/Remove monitors Quick Reconnect DX11.1 support and improved Codec performance
    32. 32. • Single-management UI for simplification • Scenario and advanced administration • Active/active connection brokering • Windows PowerShell administration across Remote Desktop Services • Reduced number of roles to manage Efficient Management Best Value for VDI Rich User Experience • Increased use cases for pooled desktops • Cheaper storage alternatives • Simplified virtual machine creation, assignment, and patching • Fair Share: network, disk I/O, and processor • GPU is optional, synthetic GPU is supplied • Full partner-extensible platform • Support for WAN • Adaptive encoding • Multitouch • USB remoting for sessions, virtual machines, and physical machines • Simplified user discovery and single sign- on • Remote Desktop web folders and file type association • Easily extensible by partners and customers Top features to answer challenges
    33. 33. DOWNLOAD Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview #WS2012R2JS DOWNLOAD System Center 2012 R2 Preview Hands-On Labs System Center 2012 R2 Jumpstart July 15th -