Microsoft has released service pack 1 for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 for beta testing. A set of new remote desktop capabilities named RemoteFX is included in the service pack. RemoteFX is designed to make the Remote Desktop client on Windows 7 deliver the user experience of a locally installed operating system on a PC. RemoteFX technology includes full-fidelity video and audio, 3D graphics and a full Aero desktop. RemoteFX was developed with help from Callista Technologies, a startup company that Microsoft acquired in 2008.
Why is Microsoft so focused upon improving the user experience available over a Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) connection? Many enterprise networks today are shifting from a distributed client-server model to a more centralized computing environment. This change is driven by the need to respond rapidly to regulatory changes and to be able to quickly implement new or updated applications.
RemoteFX will be used in RDP connections to a Windows Server Remote Desktop Session Host (the new name for what was previously called a Terminal Server) which is now referred to as a session-based desktop. RemoteFX can also be used to connect to a virtual desktop, that is, a full virtual machine of an operating system that is executing on a Hyper-V server. In this scenario users could have an entire instance of Windows 7 with all necessary applications and security settings provisioned for them upon demand. This virtual desktop can be accessed from anywhere in the world using inexpensive thin clients or specialized hardware devices used in lieu of a traditional PC.
To learn more about RemoteFX and the future of RDP-based computing check out Microsoft’s RemoteFX website at:
Author: Mark Menges