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Chapter 8: Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote... > Overview of remote desktop services

Overview of remote desktop services

Remote Desktop Services is another key component of Microsoft’s virtualization strategy. While Hyper-V delivers server virtualization, Remote Desktop Services delivers presentation virtualization and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) technologies. Remote Desktop Services provides server-hosted access to Windows-based applications and desktops. This removes the need for applications to be installed and run locally on individual workstations. Remote Desktop Services allows organizations to centrally manage and control access to applications as well as allows access from low-end PCs or thin clients.

Remote Desktop Services, which was first introduced as Terminal Services in Windows NT 4.0, allows organizations to provide better management of applications and access in unique situations where a user might not have access to a corporate PC. For example, many organizations, such as hospitals, may deploy thin clients in patient rooms. These machines are light weight, inexpensive, and easy to maintain. Remote Desktop Services can provide doctors and nurses with access to important applications or even fully featured Windows-based desktops from these thin clients. Since all the application processing is done centrally on a server, the thin clients need very little resources to provide adequate computing power to the end user. There are seve....


  

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