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Microsoft Updates Remote Desktop Software for Mac and iOS

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Microsoft Remote Desktop 8 screenshot

Image Source: Softpedia

Mary Jo Foley brought on Twitter to my attention that Microsoft has released new versions of their RDP clients for MacOS and iOS.


Written by Christoph Harding

March 17th, 2014 at 11:55 pm

Posted in Remote Desktop

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Why Choose VMware View over Microsoft RDS 2012?

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Nice whitepaper by VMware explaining why to choose VMware View over Microsoft RDS 2012. You can directly access the whitepaper using the link below.



Written by Christoph Harding

February 4th, 2013 at 5:11 pm

Teradici Arch Enables High Performance & Security in Microsoft RDS Environments

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The baby finally got a name: Teradici Arch! Teradici’s PCoIP solution for RDSH gets into the first preview stage as of an article in the CIO magazine.

 IDG News Service (London Bureau) — Teradici has been forced to delay the release of Arch, which combines VMware and Microsoft server-based desktops using its PCoIP protocol, due to a scalability issue. But a new tech preview will still allow enterprises to familiarize themselves with the product.

Today, PC-over-IP (PCoIP) is used to improve the performance of multimedia and other graphics-heavy applications on VMware’s Virtual Desktop Infrastructure.

Teradici’s Arch was previously known as Remote Desktop Services Host. The platform allows enterprises to combine VMware View and Microsoft RDS desktops and have the same performance levels across both types of desktops. The first version was supposed to have shipped in December, but the company was forced to delay the launch because of a scalability issue related to VMware View, which results in only 45 sessions per virtual server.

Link: Data Sheet | Website

Written by Christoph Harding

January 31st, 2013 at 9:38 am

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What’s New for RDSH Published Desktops: A Close Look at Published Desktops Delivered Through PCoIP®

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Back in August at VMworld 2012 in San Francisco, Teradici has announced a new product bringing the power of PCoIP to Microsofts Terminal Server. In fact it is a competitive solution to Citrix XenApp, brokered by VMware View.

Teradici has recorded a webinar about their new RDSH solution which is now available on their website.

Watch this webinar to learn how you can unify your mixed VDI and published desktop environments using PCoIP, simplifying network configuration and standardizing end point devices to meet expectations for lower TCO and improved end user experience.

The new product offers:

  • Unifies mixed deployments under one protocol to simplify network configuration
  • Opens up the PCoIP ecosystem of zero client endpoints
  • Allows users to access their RDSH desktop over the WAN

At VMworld Europe in Barcelona I had the chance to get a Live Demo of Teradici’s new solution and I was really impressed about it. If you didn’t read my article, here’s the link:

The following link will take you to the Teradici website where you can register for the webinar.

On the Teradici website it still says that the RDSH solution is coming in Q4/2012 so stay tuned. If you want to learn more about it please feel free to visit this link.



Written by Christoph Harding

October 31st, 2012 at 11:21 am

Teradici Brings PCoIP to Microsoft Remote Desktop Services

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Interesting news which we got today! Teradici brings PCoIP to Microsoft Remote Desktop Services. This is what loads of people where looking for I guess. Let’s wait until VMworld US and hope that many bloggers will visit Teradici’s booth to take videos. :-) Unfortunately I’ll not be there this year.

“Until today VMware View customers and service providers looking to combine full-featured VDI-based virtual desktops with Microsoft RDS to provide basic desktop virtualization services have had no choice but to run multiple separately managed desktop virtualization solutions with multiple remote display protocols; both of which significantly add to the cost and complexity of a comprehensive service,” said Simon Bramfitt, research analyst at Entelechy Associates. “Teradici’s entry into the RDSH market will prove attractive both to existing View customers and service providers alike as awareness of the benefits of desktop virtualization increases and organizations that had previously discounted VDI reconsider that decision. Teradici’s announcement of its RDSH solution should do much to refocus attention on the technology that has frequently been overlooked since the introduction of VDI. The increased choice it offers will do much to help customers looking to implement RDSH, especially those who do not need the comprehensive feature set and corresponding premium price of Citrix XenApp.”

For IT managers with both VMware View and Microsoft RDS session desktop environments, Teradici RDSH provides RDS session desktops with:

  • PCoIP protocol support for Microsoft RDS session desktops with the benefits of industry leading performance, security, and user experience.
  • The ability to broker and manage both VMware View and RDS session desktops through VMware View Manager.
  • The benefits of high performing, secure, and minimal management Teradici Zero Clients for RDS session desktops. Teradici PCoIP Zero Clients are available from over 30 OEM partners in a wide variety of form factors and options.
  • The ability to use the revolutionary Teradici APEX 2800 PCoIP server offload card to provide Microsoft RDS desktop sessions with the same increase in performance and scalability as currently offered in VMware View deployments.

To read the full text please visit the Teradici website.

As of this text from Teradici’s website they’re going to release the product in Q4 this year!

Teradici RDSH will be generally available in December 2012 and will be demonstrated at Teradici’s booth #917 at VMworld 2012 taking place August 26 to August 30 at the Moscone Center, San Francisco. For further information, visit



Written by Christoph Harding

August 13th, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Apparently OnLive has changed their OnLive Desktop offering to Windows Server 2008

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That must have been a quick migration from Windows 7 to Windows Server 2008 over at OnLive. The provider of a DaaS (Desktop-as-a-Service) offering which used to be a proper Windows 7 platform has apparently migrated their environment to Windows Server 2008. This is what a new article over at Techspot says. There was a lot of trouble and rumors going on in the last few weeks at Microsoft admonished tuCloud, another DaaS provider as they were also using Windows 7 for a VDI offering.

“We’re pleased to have been told that the OnLive Desktop application is now accessing our software by hosting it on Windows Server, an important step in delivering any Microsoft-licensed desktop-like service to the public. Based on this information, we will work with OnLive to take a closer look at its service and ensure it is operating according to its license like thousands of other partners and utilizing our standing pricing and licensing terms,” Microsoft said in a statement to The Register.

The migration to the Windows Server 2008 platform at OnLive was very quick as usually there a a lot of things you have to manage before you can do such a migration. Think about the applications running on the desktop which need to be compatible and sometimes certified to the new operating system. In case of Office 2010 it should’t be a real challenge.

It would be interesting if OnLive is now in a real OS-sharing scenario with Windows Server 2008 where they’re using the Terminal Services to offer the desktop or if they’re using Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Datacenter Edition to host a maximum of Windows Server 2008 instances and offer them as full Windows based desktops with a customized look and feel like Windows 7 has.

It’s still a miracle to me why Microsoft is not going to relax the rules on Windows 7 hosting.


Written by Christoph Harding

April 12th, 2012 at 7:27 am

Posted in End User Computing

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