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Designing Remote Desktop Services and Application Deployment

Chapter Review

To further practice and reinforce the skills you learned in this chapter, you can perform the following tasks:

  • Review the chapter summary.

  • Review the list of key terms introduced in this chapter.

  • Complete the case scenario. This scenario sets up a real-world situation involving the topics of this chapter and asks you to create a solution.

  • Complete the suggested practices.

  • Take a practice test.

Chapter Summary

  • RD Licensing servers must be activated before they can have Remote Desktop Services per-device and Remote Desktop Services per-user CALs installed.

  • RD RemoteApp displays just the application, rather than the entire remote desktop, on the Remote Desktop client and now provides single sign-on.

  • RD Gateway servers enable clients on the Internet to connect to protected terminal servers without requiring the setup of a VPN.

  • RD Connection Broker provides the management of RD Session Host farms and ensures that clients are reconnected to the correct session if they become disconnected.

  • Group Policy software deployment enables applications prepared as MSI packages to be distributed to clients by linking GPOs to appropriate Active Directory containers.

  • You can use System Center Essentials 2010 to perform application deployment and reporting, but it is limited to 500 clients. Only one System Center Essentials 2010 server can be installed in an Active Directory domain.

  • System Center Configuration Manager 2007 can perform sophisticated application deployment and reporting and has no client limitation. You can use System Center Configuration Manager 2007 reporting to examine how deployed applications are used in an environment so that licensing can be rationalized.

Key Terms

Do you know what these key terms mean? You can check your answers by looking up the terms in the glossary at the end of the book.

  • Remote Desktop Services

  • RemoteFX

  • RD Virtualization Host

  • System Center Essentials 2010

  • Systems Center Configuration Manager 2007

Case Scenario

In the following case scenario, you apply what you have learned about Remote Desktop Services and application and server virtualization. You can find answers to these questions in the “Answers” section at the end of this book.

Case Scenario: Planning a Remote Desktop Services Strategy for Wingtip Toys

You are planning the deployment of Remote Desktop Services for Wingtip Toys. The company has an office in each state of Australia. Because of the decentralized nature of the Wingtip Toys organization, each state office has its own domain in the wingtiptoys.internal forest. All clients in the organization are using Windows Vista without any service packs applied. Taking this into consideration, how will you resolve the following design challenges?

  1. The purchase and management of Remote Desktop Services CALs should be handled separately. What plans should be made for an RD Licensing server deployment?

  2. The RD Session Host in the Queensland office is reaching capacity and cannot be upgraded further. How can you continue to service clients in the Queensland office and ensure that interrupted sessions are reconnected?

  3. What steps must you take to ensure that Windows Vista clients can access RemoteApp applications through RD Web Access?