New whitepaper released: Achieving Business Value with Microsoft VDI and Session Virtualization

A new whitepaper has released that discusses the pro’s and cons of VDI vs Session Virtualization along with when to use what. Its something that reinforces the discussion points I raised in a previous post about session virtualization being cheaper for essentially the same value proposition as VDI. Brian Madden also talks about it as…


RD Virtualization Host Capacity Planning paper now live!

The RD Virtualization Host Capacity Planning in Windows Server 2008 R2 (Link to paper on Download Center –, is now live on the Download Center.  This white paper is intended as a guide for capacity planning of RD Virtualization Host in Windows Server 2008 R2. It describes the most relevant factors that influence the…


Event ID 17 is logged in the System log on a TS Licensing server

Just a heads up that the issue around Event ID 17 being logged in the System log on a TS Licensing server has now been updated with a hotfix. Please refer to for updated guidance though heres the synopsis from the article. “…On a computer that is running Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2),…


Microsoft’s newest virtualization rebrands

A friend of mine and I were talking today about TechED USA and all the questions we had around virtualization. He commented that he even had one person come up and talk to him about Disk Virtualization, which refers to “Boot from VHD”. Well that’s a new one for the large list to complement the current and obviously…


Hyper-V Component Poster Released

Oh my goodness! The same author, Martin McClean, that produced the Windows Server 2008 R2 Feature Component poster  has done it again producing an awesome new poster that highlights the components of Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V. In his words: “…I wanted to let you know that the new "Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V Component…


App-V 4.6 for RDS whitepaper released

In other news today, we just released to the download center an updated whitepaper that reflects the changes in App-V 4.6 to support Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2008 R2 namely support for 64 bit! Enjoy! Remote Desktop Services.docx


New Intel and Hyper-V performance whitepaper released

Interesting new performance article released from Intel. Covers the choice around VHD and streaming OS deployment on Hyper-V Server 2008 R2. When you think of streaming the OS on to Hyper-V, think how Citrix’s Provisioning Server does it. It also again reinforces something we have said for awhile – Windows 7 runs better than Windows…


Remote Desktop Services and Partner Solutions

Right now we’re thinking about our plans for the next financial year, and where we need to focus our efforts to help you succeed. We are thinking about how we deliver you the best solution content in terms of documentation, architectures and even webcasts. To that end we need to understand, especially if you’re in…


TechNet Webcast: Capacity Planning with VDI starts in 40 mins

For those of you interested in attending, details are here: TechNet Webcast: Capacity Planning and Sizing for Session Virtualization and VDI with RDS (Level 300)  Customers are increasingly looking at centralizing their users’ desktops and applications as a way to lower their total cost of ownership (TCO) or to increase business agility. Virtual Desktop…