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Getting Started with Windows VDI

Andrew Fryer

Create, maintain, and secure scalable and resilient virtual desktops with Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2
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Book Details

ISBN 139781782171461
Paperback302 pages

About This Book

  • Explore the various parts of the VDI infrastructure such as the broker, web access server, and virtualization host
  • Provide access for remote workers via any supported device
  • Using a step-by-step approach, quickly grasp the complexities of VDI and learn to deploy its features

Who This Book Is For

If you are an IT professional working on desktop deployment or server management with some exposure to Windows or Windows Server, this book is for you. VDI requires a lot of infrastructure, so some core knowledge is required, for example, the basics of Active Directory, Group Policy, DNS, and DHCP.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Putting the V in VDI – An Introduction to Virtualization in Hyper-V
Server virtualization and Hyper-V
Virtual Hard Disks
Installing and configuring Hyper-V
Configuring Hyper-V
Creating a simple virtual machine
Managing Windows Server and Hyper-V
Chapter 2: Designing a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
Remote Desktop Services and VDI
VDI versus Session Virtualization
Remote applications in RDS
VDI roles
Types of VDI collections
Getting started with VDI
Creating an RD Session Collection
Chapter 3: Putting the D in VDI – Creating a Desktop Template
Desktop deployment for VDI
Microsoft deployment tools
Installing MDT
Working with answer files
Building a new Virtual Desktop Template with MDT
Automating MDT
Deploying applications with MDT
Configuring collection properties
Group Policy and the virtual desktop
Chapter 4: Putting the R in Remote Desktop
Introducing the Remote Desktop Gateway
Getting started with the Remote Desktop Gateway
Active Directory authentication
Creating an RODC
Creating the perimeter network
Locking down the perimeter network
Remote access without using the gateway
Chapter 5: High Availability
Why high availability matters for VDI
Designing HA for VDI
HA for the RD Broker role
HA for the RD Web Access and RD Gateway roles
HA and Hyper-V
HA for virtual desktop collections
Chapter 6: Scale and Performance
Understanding scale and performance
RDS role servers
Session Collections
Pooled and Personal Collections
Client settings
Desktop as a Service
Chapter 7: Maintenance and Monitoring
The Remote Desktop Diagnostic tool
Microsoft System Center
Chapter 8: Managing User Profiles and Data
Background and options
User Profile Disks
User Environment Virtualization
Chapter 9: Virtual Applications
RD RemoteApp
Application virtualization
Chapter 10: Licensing and the Future of VDI
Windows Server
Windows 8.1
Other software
The future of VDI – Desktop as a Service

What You Will Learn

  • Explore the various server roles and features that provide Microsoft's VDI solution
  • Virtualize desktops and the other infrastructure servers required for VDI using server virtualization in Windows Server Hyper-V
  • Build high availability clusters for VDI with techniques such as failover clustering and load balancing
  • Provide secure VDI to remote users over the Internet
  • Use Microsoft's Deployment Toolkit and Windows Server Update Services to automate the creation and maintenance of virtual desktops
  • Carry out performance tuning and monitoring
  • Understand the complexities of VDI licensing irrespective of the VDI solution you have opted for
  • Deploy PowerShell to automate all of the above techniques

In Detail

This easy-to-follow introduction guide brings together all of the knowledge required to build a successful Virtual Desktop project that is secure, scalable, and highly available.

Through the course of this book, you will quickly progress from your  first VDI lab environment to setting up a production-ready infrastructure that is robust, secure, and easy to manage. Going further, you will learn how to tune and maintain VDI once it is in production. Providing access for remote workers via any supported device and use of certificates is another important aspect covered in the book. If users depend on VDI, then it must be more resilient; you will learn that this can be done by addressing each of the roles of the VDI infrastructure.

You will also understand the wider aspects of Windows Server and the associated tools required for a complete production solution, such as Hyper-V, certificates, and Active Directory, making this book a one-stop reference guide for a complete project.


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