Long before I joined the
Terminal Services Remote Desktop Virtualization Team at Microsoft, I was writing/talking/teaching about Terminal Services. I had to quit being an MVP when I joined Microsoft in August of 2007, but the writing bug does not leave you so easily. When Microsoft Press asked me last year if I was interested in authoring the Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services Resource Kit, I couldn’t say no. (Thankfully, I had a great coauthor in mind: Kristin Griffin, whom you may have seen on microsoft.public.windows.terminal_services. Even more thankfully, she agreed to do it.)
While I sometimes doubted our sanity at having taken this on, it was a great experience. We had four main goals:
· Show how to set up a low-complexity Terminal Services environment with only the tools in the box
· Explain how the features of Terminal Services work, to help readers understand and troubleshoot the features
· Provide hands-on insights from the Terminal Services team and subject matter experts in the field
· Point readers to online resources for more information and free third-party tools
I’ve been part of the Terminal Services community since 1996 and have been impressed many times at how helpful its members are. This is truly a group of people who love what they do and want to share and teach. The process of writing this book demonstrated this yet again. I can’t stress enough how great the team was about pitching in first-hand knowledge, and people in the field—both those at Microsoft and others—were eager to share their experience in how to successfully deploy Terminal Services.
The bottom line is that the Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services Resource Kit is available today. See http://www.microsoft.com/MSPress/books/12716.aspx for more details and ordering information. I’ve already started a TechNet blog for collecting updates at http://blogs.technet.com/tsresourcekit/default.aspx, so be sure to let me know what you’d like to see in the next edition and check in for more content.
Want to see a sample chapter? Go to ftp://ftp.bookpool.com/sc/59/0735625859.pdf to see Chapter 4, on using profiles with Terminal Services.