Virtualizing Desktops and Apps with Windows Server 2012 R2 Inside Out

Virtualizing Desktops and Apps with Windows Server 2012 R2 Inside Out

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Conquer Windows Server 2012 R2 virtualization--from the inside out!

Dive into Windows Server 2012 R2 virtualization--and really put your systems expertise to work. Focusing on both virtual desktop infrastructure and virtualized applications, this supremely organized reference packs hundreds of timesaving solutions, tips, and workarounds. Discover how the experts tackle Windows virtualization--and challenge yourself to new levels of mastery.

Use virtualization to prevent business disruption, help improve security, simplify upgrades, and support mobile users
Plan and deploy User State Virtualization for a consistent experience across locations and devices
Define users, applications, and scenarios for any virtualization project
Compare and deploy both session-based and virtual machine-based (VM-based) desktops
Configure Client Hyper-V and work with VMs in a Client Hyper-V environment
Install, design, configure, and administer Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) infrastructure and clients
Sequence applications for efficient and reliable deployment
Help secure remote access to virtual desktops with Remote Desktop Gateway (RD Gateway)
Plan and implement pooled and personal desktops
Monitor virtualized apps and desktops for health and performance
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Product details

  • Paperback | 640 pages
  • 191 x 229 x 34mm | 1,030g
  • Redmond, United States
  • English
  • 0735697213
  • 9780735697218
  • 1,544,120

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Desktop and application virtualization 1
Overview of virtualization technologies 1
User state virtualization 3
Application virtualization 4
Desktop Virtualization 6
Storage virtualization 11
Usage scenarios for desktop virtualization 12
Meeting legal and security requirements 13
Supporting desktop management tasks 14
Improving application compatibility 15
Implementing desktop as a service 16
Supporting the mobile user experience 16
Considerations for implementing virtualization 17
User experience 17
Network connectivity 18
Infrastructure 20
Licensing requirements 22
Challenges for implementing desktop and application virtualization 24
Identify virtualization technologies for business needs 25
Improve roaming experience for users 26
Improve performance of apps for mobile users 26
Provide remote access to apps and data 27
Update apps efficiently 28
Provide unique apps and improve security 28
Chapter 2 Planning and implementing user state virtualization 31
Understanding user state and user profiles 31
User profile creation 32
User profile content 34
Understanding and planning user state virtualization 35
Assess user data requirements 38
Assess user settings requirements 39
Evaluate compatibility considerations 40
Evaluate infrastructure and manageability requirements 40
Evaluate usage scenario considerations 41
Configuring user state virtualization technologies 44
Configuring roaming user profiles 44
Mandatory user profiles 52
Configuring Folder Redirection 53
Configuring Offline Files 59
Using the Primary Computer setting 66
Enabling user profile disks 70
Configuring User Experience Virtualization 70
UE-V architecture 72
Comparing user state virtualization options 75
Preparing to deploy UE-V 77
Deploying the UE-V agent 78
Managing the UE-V agent 81
Managing default settings location templates 84
Creating and managing custom settings location templates 87
Chapter 3 Configuring Client Hyper-V 95
Understanding Hyper-V 95
Client Hyper-V architecture 97
Installing Client Hyper-V 100
Hyper-V management tools 104
Managing virtual switches 108
Creating virtual machines 112
Virtual machine settings 121
Generation 2 virtual machines 124
Controlling virtual machines 125
Managing virtual machine files 130
Processing 135
Dynamic memory 137
Integration services 138
Managing virtual hard disks 141
Virtual hard disk formats 141
Fixed and dynamically expanding disks 143
Differencing disks 145
Creating virtual hard disks 147
Editing virtual hard disks 148
Storage Quality of Service 150
Managing checkpoints 151
How checkpoints are created 152
Using checkpoints 153
Considerations for using checkpoints 155
Chapter 4 Planning and implementing App-V 157
Overview of App-V 157
Benefits of App-V 157
Differences between standard and virtualized applications 159
Placing and functionality of the virtualization engine 160
Application virtualization infrastructure 161
App-V application life cycle 161
App-V technologies 177
App-V deployment models 184
Planning App-V infrastructure 187
App-V infrastructure requirements 187
App-V deployment possibilities 189
Service disruption impact 193
Functional and physical placement 194
Sizing and performance 195
High availability for App-V 197
Disaster recovery 199
Deploying App-V infrastructure 200
App-V infrastructure requirements 201
Installing management databases 201
App-V Management Server configuration 204
App-V publishing server deployment and configuration 208
App-V for Remote Desktop Services client 210
Integrating App-V with System Center Configuration Manager 211
Chapter 5 Planning and deploying App-V clients 213
Overview of App-V client configuration 213
App-V desktop client 213
How the App-V client accesses applications 215
Storage locations for App-V client data 216
Planning for App-V 5.0 shared content store 220
Methods for deploying the App-V client 224
App-V client for Remote Desktop 227
Installing and configuring the App-V client 227
Prerequisites for App-V client installation 228
Installing the client by using Configuration Manager 230
Installing the App-V for Remote Desktop Services client 247
Configuring the App-V client for stand-alone mode 250
App-V and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solution 252
App-V 5.0 and third-party production integration 252
Benefits of App-V and VDI integration 253
Building images with App-V 254
Managing App-V client properties 259
Managing virtual applications 264
Managing file type associations 265
Managing server connections 266
Using Windows PowerShell to configure the App-V client 267
Using Group Policy to manage the App-V client 270
Autoload 273
Registry settings for the App-V client 273
Chapter 6 Managing and administering Application Virtualization 277
Using the Application Virtualization Management Console 277
Managing App-V administrators 281
Registering and unregistering servers 282
Managing application packages 284
Connection groups 287
Managing management servers by using Windows PowerShell 289
Modifying and upgrading published applications 297
Update an application 297
Copy access and configuration 303
Update a connection group 304
Remove applications 305
Edit the default configuration for a package 306
Exporting the configuration 307
Assignment of applications 308
Naming conventions 309
Enabling scripting for dynamic configuration 310
App-V reporting 312
How App-V reporting works 312
Data collected by App-V reporting 314
App-V client configuration for reporting 315
Generating App-V reports 317
Chapter 7 Application sequencing 319
Overview of application sequencing 319
App-V Sequencer 319
The sequencing process 321
Items to document in a recipe 322
Portions of a sequenced application 324
Planning for application sequencing 326
Sequencer configuration 326
Best practices for application installation 330
Best practices for package configuration 331
Applications that cannot be sequenced 332
Sequencing an application 333
Types of applications that can be sequenced 333
Preparing for sequencing 335
Sequencing tasks 337
Customizing the package 344
Package editor 345
Windows PowerShell 351
Deploying Office 2013 by using App-V 351
Advanced application sequencing 357
Package accelerators 357
Creating a package accelerator 358
Options for updating packages 378
Sequencing for connection groups 380
Dynamic configuration and targeted scripting 381
Chapter 8 Planning and deploying session-based virtual desktops 387
Understanding RDS 387
Comparing RDS and the Remote Desktop feature 389
RDS architecture 390
Connecting to virtual desktops and RemoteApp programs 392
RDS functionality that enhances the client experience 395
RemoteFX 397
Remote Desktop Connection configuration options 399
RDS licensing 401
Planning infrastructure for session-based desktops 403
Assessing RDS infrastructure requirements 403
Planning for the RD Session Host role service 406
Planning for the RD Connection Broker role service 408
Planning for the RD Web Access role service 410
Planning for preserving user state 411
Deploying session-based virtual desktops 415
Understanding the session-based desktop deployment process 415
Understanding session collections 422
Configuring session collections 426
Configuring RD Licensing servers 434
Understanding high availability for RDS 438
Understanding load balancing 439
High availability for RD Session Host servers 441
High availability for the RD Connection Broker role service 443
High availability for the RD Web Access role service 447
High availability for the RD Licensing role service 447
Chapter 9 Configuring RemoteApp programs and client connectivity 451
Publishing and configuring RemoteApp programs 451
Understanding RemoteApp programs 453
Installing applications on RD Session Host servers 454
Publishing RemoteApp programs 457
Configuring RemoteApp programs 458
Configuring and managing client connections to RDS 461
Configuring RemoteApp and Desktop Connections 462
Customizing RD Web Access 466
Understanding device redirection 467
Understanding printer redirection 469
Managing connections 470
Configuring certificates and single sign-on 472
Understanding RDS certificates 473
Requesting and configuring RDS certificates 475
Understanding single sign-on 478
Chapter 10 Planning and implementing pooled and personal virtual desktops 481
Understanding pooled and personal virtual desktops 481
Using pooled virtual desktops 483
Using personal virtual desktops 484
Comparing virtual desktop options 484
High availability for pooled virtual desktops 485
High availability for personal virtual desktops 486
Planning and creating virtual desktop templates 489
Selecting an operating system 490
Activating the operating system 491
Updating applications and the operating system 494
Eliminating the system partition 495
Optimizing operating system configuration 497
Optimizing App-V 500
Optimizing antivirus software 500
Using Sysprep to prepare a virtual desktop template 501
Planning storage for pooled and personal virtual desktops 503
Using local storage for pooled and personal virtual desktops 503
Using a SAN for pooled and personal virtual desktops 505
Using scale-out file servers for pooled and personal virtual desktops 506
Using additional Windows Server 2012 R2 storage technologies 508
Capacity planning for pooled and personal virtual desktops 511
Capacity planning for storage 512
Capacity planning for memory 513
Capacity planning for networking 514
Capacity planning for processing 515
Capacity planning example 517
Implementing pooled and personal virtual desktops 518
Deploying RD Virtualization Host servers 519
Understanding user profile disks for VM-based virtual desktops 523
Creating a virtual desktop collection 524
Updating pooled virtual desktops 533
Implementing RemoteApp for Hyper-V 535
Chapter 11 Implementing Remote Access for VDI 541
Extending VDI outside the organization 541
Why remote access is important for VDI 541
Methods for securing remote access to VDI 542
Network configuration for RD Gateway 543
Configuration options for RD Gateway 548
Controlling RD Gateway access 557
Overview of controlling RD Gateway access 557
RD CAPs 557
RD RAPs 559
Central RD CAP store 560
Integrating Microsoft Azure Multi-Factor Authentication 561
Chapter 12 Performance and Health Monitoring of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure 565
Monitoring desktop and application virtualization 565
Understanding monitoring for desktop and application virtualization 565
Event monitoring for desktop and application virtualization 566
Performance monitoring tools for desktop and application virtualization 569
Using Process Monitor to identify application issues 571
Using Operations Manager for monitoring 572
Parts of an Operations Manager implementation 573
Understanding management packs and overrides 579
Management packs for monitoring application and desktop virtualization 581
Installing management packs 583
Monitoring desktop virtualization infrastructure 585
Understanding resource bottlenecks 585
Considerations for monitoring desktop virtualization 586
Monitoring RD Session Host server performance 587
Optimizing RD Session Host server performance 588
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About Byron Wright

Byron Wright, MVP (Microsoft Exchange Server), is a consultant specializing in Windows Server, Exchange Server, and Microsoft Office 365 solutions. He teaches Management Information Systems (MIS) and networking at the University of Manitoba's Asper School of Business and has coauthored Microsoft official curricula and the Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Resource Kit.

Brian Svidergol, MCSE, specializes in infrastructure and cloud solutions built with Windows Server, Active Directory Domain Services, Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft System Center, virtualization, and Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP). He was the MCT Ambassador at TechEd North America 2013 and authored Exam Ref 70-695 Deploying Windows Devices and Enterprise Apps.
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