By using a Session Virtualization deployment scenario, centralized management and installation is enabled. Session Virtualization in Windows Server 2012 offers the following benefits:
- Unified central experience – In Windows Server 2012, you can deploy Session Virtualization quickly and manage your deployments through a new unified central experience.
- Simplified and centralized deployment – Simple scenario-based installations allow you to create an entire session collection at one time.
- User personalization – User profile disks allow you to preserve user personalization settings for your session collections.
- Centralized and unified management – Manage all of the RD Session Host servers in your session collection from a single location.
- Fairshare experience – For a predictable user experience in Windows Server 2012 and to ensure that one user does not negatively impact the performance of another user’s session, the following features are enabled by default on RD Session Host servers:
- Network Fairshare – Dynamically distributes available bandwidth across sessions based on the number of active sessions to enable equal bandwidth utilization.
- Disk Fairshare – Prevents sessions from over utilizing disk usage by equal distribution of disk I/O among sessions.
- CPU Fairshare – Dynamically distributes processor time across sessions based on the number of active sessions and load on these sessions. This was introduced in Windows Server 2008 R2 and has been improved for heavier loads in Windows Server 2012.
A Session Virtualization deployment consists of RD Session Host servers along with infrastructure servers, such as RD Licensing, RD Connection Broker, RD Gateway, and RD Web Access servers.
A session collection (referred to as a farm in earlier versions of Windows Server) is a grouping of RD Session Host servers for a given session. A session collection is used to publish one of the following resources:
- Session-based desktops
- RemoteApp programs
Session Virtualization is a scenario-based installation within Server Manager that allows you to install, configure, and manage RD Session Host servers from a central location. With the Session Virtualization deployment scenario, you’re presented with two deployment types:
- Quick Start: Installs all the necessary Remote Desktop Services role services on one computer to enable you to install and configure Remote Desktop Services role services in a test environment.
- Standard deployment: Allows you to flexibly deploy the various Remote Desktop Services role services on different servers.
Deploying Session virtualization “standard deployment”
On the connection Broker’s server manager, In the QUICK START section, click Add
other servers to manage.
Select both session Broker and session host servers
Here we need to enable Remote management on our Host
On the host server local server stings, enable the remote management.
In the QUICK START section, click Add roles and features.
On the Before You Begin page of the Add Roles and Features Wizard, click Next
On the Select Installation Type page, click Remote Desktop Services scenario-based Installation, and then click Next.
On the Select deployment type page, click Standard deployment, and then click Next.
On the Select deployment scenario page, click Session-based desktop deployment, and then click Next.
On the Review role services page, click Next.
On the Specify RD Connection Broker server page, we select our porker server, click the right arrow, and then click Next.
On the Specify RD Web Access server page, we select our web Access server, click the right arrow, and then click Next.
On the Specify RD Session Host servers page, click HOST-003.walid2012.local, click the right arrow, and then click Next.
On the Confirm selections page, select the Restart the destination server automatically if required check box, and then click Deploy.
Create Session Collection
On the left side of the window, click Remote Desktop Services.
Click Tasks, and then click Create Session Collection.
On the Before You Begin page of the Create Collection wizard, click Next.
On the Name the collection page, type SessionCollection in the Name box, and then click Next.
On the Specify RD Session Host servers page, select Host-003, click the right arrow, and then click Next.
On the Specify user groups page, accept the default selections, and then click Next.
On the Specify user profile disks page, type a valid network path in the Location of user profile disks box, and then click Next.
On the Confirm selections page, click Create.
After the session collection is created, click Close.
Test Remote Desktop Services connectivity
Open Internet Explorer
In the Internet Explorer address bar, type https://webAccess.walid2012.local/RDWeb, and then press ENTER.
Click Continue to this website (not recommended)
Type the username and password, and then click Sign in
Click Sessioncollection, and then click Connect