Microsoft Ignite Update, Azure/Windows Virtual Desktops…and more!
It has been an exciting time for all EUC enthusiasts, as Microsoft has announced a lot of interesting new bits that will influence our jobs in the upcoming time.
While Windows 10-multi user has not been a well-kept secret, the fact that it will be Azure only remained a secret for most people, until announced at Ignite, and it sparked a lot of discussion as you can see below this post by Jack Madden.
Released as Windows Virtual Desktop (now called Azure Virtual Desktop) Microsoft will focus on the backend infrastructure making sure security, productivity (new features) and big deployments will no longer be a problem for the IT-department.
While this could lead to more “Microsoft Only” environments Citrix announced that they are working on their Citrix Workspace / DaaS offering, an end-to-end cloud solution that simplifies and accelerates the delivery of Windows 10 Enterprise for Virtual Desktops. The upcoming Citrix Desktops-as-a-Service release will include the cloud services, software licenses, and Azure compute needed to securely deliver an Azure Virtual Desktop on demand.
Naturally VMware also announced how they will continue to work on Azure for their Horizon solution: We continue to work ever-closely with Microsoft to support their Azure Virtual Desktop offering. Customers can look forward to leveraging value-added features on Azure Virtual Desktop from VMware such as application layering, user profile management, network micro-segmentation, and an intuitive cloud management console that are our customers love. This is just the beginning.
Additionally, Microsoft has also updated their release schedule to give customers more time to implement new feature releases. Personally, I’m happy to see this happening, a lot of customers are struggling to keep up and are currently figuring out their update automation, application compatibility testing and modern management strategies.
For your convenience I’ve created a nifty release schedule calendar to hang above your bed or in the office. The red boxes show where to use Login AT, the orange bits are where you start to do your first sizing and scalability tests with Login VSI, and the Green parts are where Login PI works best.
As Login VSI is the industry standard test for centralized desktop environments we’ve set out to get our hands on a non-Azure copy of Windows 10 – Multi user / Enterprise Remote Server prerelease to do some initial performance testing. It shows that Windows 10 can surely scale, however future tests on Azure will show true scalability. Check out this excellent blogpost by Christiaan Brinkhoff for more information on Azure Virtual Desktop including Login VSI performance test results.
This also means that Windows Server 2019 will still have the Remote Desktop Session Host (RDSH) role for on premises and hybrid environments (without Universal Apps, Store, Search, Cortana..) Arguably Windows 10 – Multi user if it would be available on premises would be a good replacement for the desktop role, however at this point it’s not available, and it might cause too many application compatibility issues on the short term.
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