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Designing Remote Desktop Services and Application Deployment

In this chapter from MCITP Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-647): Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Administrator, 2nd Edition, you learn how to plan the distribution of applications to the workers in your environment by using several tools, each of which is appropriate for a certain set of circumstances.

Application deployment would be a simple affair if all you needed to do was deploy the same set of applications to all users in your environment. The realities of software licensing mean that large organizations can realize significant cost savings by ensuring that only those workers who need an application have it deployed to their computers. In this chapter, you learn how to plan the distribution of applications to the workers in your environment by using several tools, each of which is appropriate for a certain set of circumstances. Methods of deploying applications to users discussed in this chapter include Remote Desktop Session Host (RD Session Host), Microsoft System Center Essentials 2007 SP1, Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007, and traditional deployment through Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) software publishing functionality.

Exam objectives in this chapter:

  • Plan for Remote Desktop.

  • Plan for application delivery.

Lessons in this chapter:

  • Lesson 1: Designing Remote Desktop Services

  • Lesson 2: Designing Application Deployment

Before You Begin

Ensure that you have installed a Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise domain controller named Glasgow as described in Chapter 1, “Designing Name Resolution and Internet Protocol Addressing.” No additional configuration is required for this chapter.