SCVMM RDS Connection Broker plugin released!

From the desk of Vishwa Kumbalimutt: We’re pleased to announce RTW of SCVMM RDV plug-in that enables dynamic placement of VDI VMs for both personal and pooled VMs. The key benefit of using this plug-in is that it reduces the number of Hyper-V servers required since VMs are placed on demand rather than statically placed. …


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),…


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


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…


Extra Settings for the RDP file – Enables Glass!

In a previous post I linked to a TechNet article that documented the custom settings for the RDP file. In a true case of “wait there’s more!” I have more to show that were not documented here, though will be soon. In the meantime though: allow font smoothing:i:1 allow desktop composition:i:1 disable full window drag:i:0…


Brian Madden Shootout: We’re there and talking about VDI and RDS

So here as I sit typing Brian Madden is in front of me, filming one of my other colleagues, Eric Schroeder talk about installing the Microsoft VDI solution as part of the Brian Madden VDI shootout. We have been here all day, talking about the architecture and getting the servers up and running. A second…


App-V 4.6 for Remote Desktop Services now available!

Awesome news! Over on the MDOP blog they just announced the availability of App-V 4.6 to RTM. This is especially fantastic news for Remote Desktop Services deployments (previously Terminal Services). With many RDS deployments going towards 64bit for vertical scalability, App-V has not been able to be supported. With this release, 64bit is now totally supported!…