Remote Desktop Services partners are very important to the RDS team. We’ve had a partner page up for a long time, but wanted to refresh it to better show what our partners do and what value they add to the RDS platform, as well as help you find the resources you want. Today, I’d like to announce the kickoff of the updated site.
Four of our partners (so far) have put together free offerings for this site. In addition, we have several other partners working on limited version downloads that will be included on our site over the upcoming months. In alphabetical order:
· Desktopsites has created a limited version of their Konect management tools that allow you to manage heterogeneous Terminal Services/Remote Desktop Services deployments from a central console. For thirty days, the free version allows you to manage settings for two users across multiple servers; at the thirty-day mark, the trial becomes a limited-version for two users with no expiration.
· Ericom has created a limited version of their PowerTerm WebConnect for Windows Server 2008 R2. This solution provides centralized application publishing, simplified configuration management, real-time monitoring, logging, and control.
· Immidio has created a Resource Kit (note, this is separate from the Resource Kits offered by Microsoft) that contains several utilities useful for both administrators and users. My favorite is the one that remotes the display of the battery-life SysTray icon, so that if you’re working on a virtual machine (VM) or full-desktop session from an unplugged laptop, you won’t be taken unawares when the battery dies.
· RES Software has a management tool for controlling which applications users can view from a desktop. Their freeware version of PowerFuse not only hides application icons that users don’t have permission to use, but it locks them down so that they can’t be launched from the command line or Windows Explorer.
For more details, stop by and visit our new partner page. If you have suggestions for additional tools that you feel would help you with your RDS deployments for VDI or session virtualization, make a note on this blog and do check back often as we will continually be adding new case studies and product offerings from our partners.