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Remote Desktop Services on Cloud

This solution is for the Remote Desktop Services on Microsoft Azure Cloud in a secure, scalable and efficient way.

Remote Desktop Services (RDS) is the platform of choice for building virtualization solutions for every end customer need, including delivering individual virtualized applications.

Solution Characteristics and Business Benefits​

Solution Characteristics
  • Access windows applications and desktops from any location and any device
  • Easy deployment with templates in minutes
  • Reduce latency and improve experience
  • Run legacy applications
  • Can be sized for any business
  • Integrate with other Azure Services
  • Ability to use GPUs on the session hosts
Business Benefits
  • Save on infrastructure investments
  • Use current CALs with SA in cloud
  • Start small and grow as needed
  • No need for technology refresh
  • Enhanced Security and Compliance
  • 99.9% availability with Premium Storage
  • Up to 40% savings when used with SA
  • Pay only for what you use
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Solution Reference Architecture

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*Indicative Diagram
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Solutions Component Details

This solution consists of the following Azure resources:
  • Resource Group: A logical container for a collection of resources that can be treated as one logical instance. You can use resource groups to control all of their members collectively
  • Storage Account: Microsoft Azure cloud storage to store the data
  • Network resources: Public IPs, VNets, Load balancers and VPN connection
  • Virtual Machines: Compute power for Domain controller, File Server, DNS and Session Host.
  • Availability Set: A group of Virtual machines deployed together across fault domains and updates domains.

RDS in Azure Terms & Definitions:

  • RD Session Host: A Remote Desktop Session Host server is the server that hosts Windows-Based programs or the full Windows desktop for Remote Desktop Services clients. Users can connect to an RD Session Host server to run programs, to save files, and to use network resources on that server by using Remote Desktop or by using Remote Apps.
  • Gateway Server: Remote Desktop Gateway enables authorized remote users to connect to resources on an internal corporate network, from any Internet-connected device.
  • Web Server: Remote Desktop Web Access enables users to access RemoteApp and Desktop Connection through the Start menu on a computer that is running Windows 7 or through a Web browser.
  • AD Domain Controller: A Domain Controller is a server that runs a version of the Windows Server operating system and has Active Directory Domain Services installed.
  • DNS Server: Domain Name System (DNS) is the name resolution protocol for TCP/IP networks, such as the Internet. Client computers query a DNS server to resolve memorable, alphanumeric DNS names to the IP addresses that computers use to communicate with each other.
  • File Server: In computing, a file server is a computer attached to a network that has the primary purpose of providing a location for shared disk access. It is used for storing user profile disks
  • RD Connection Broker: Remote Desktop Connection Broker supports session load balancing and session reconnection in a load-balanced RD Session Host server farm. RD Connection Broker is also used to provide users access to RemoteApp programs and virtual desktops through RemoteApp and Desktop Connection.
  • RD License Server: Remote Desktop Licensing manages the Remote Desktop Services client access licenses (RDS CALs) that are required for each device or user to connect to an RD Session Host server.
  • Remote App Collection: Remote App Collection is a Session Host or group of Session Host with applications installed, published, and available for users to stream to their local devices.
  • Remote Desktop Collection: Remote Desktop Collection is a Session Host or group of Session Hosts with Applications installed so users access Applications from within streaming desktop experience from their local devices.
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Solution Reference Sizing

This solution has the following cost factors:

  • Azure VM size and operation hours
  • Size of Data
  • VPN connection
  • Bandwidth: data transferred out of Azure Data centers
  • Backup price per month per instance per size
  • CALs cost
Tips:
  • Existing or New RDS CALs with Software Assurance can be used in Azure deployments (Details)
  • Windows 2016 offer an initial 120 day grace period for RDS licensing

Indicative configuration and pricing summary:

*CALs cost not included. All prices shown are in Euro (€). This is a summary estimate, not a quote. For up to date pricing information please contact your local Logicom team.

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