Deploying Applications in TS Farm
Posted on 2009-02-17
We currently have a few windows 2003 "stand-alone" terminal services. No clustering or session balancing.
we're gonna buy some new servers and run windows 2008 in a TS farm with Session Broker and Ts Gateway.
I've read that in order for a TS farm to perform effective you need to configure your TS-servers 100% the same when it comes to application installation and user profiles. My question is. What is the recommended approach for deploying different apps? How do I smoothly control what usergroups can access what applications? Also there might be cases where i need multiple instances of an application so that group1 can use app-instance1, and group can use app-instance2. Is there a way to handle this in TS2008 without buying third party application virtualization?
Also how do you move the complete user profile to a centralized storage so that outlook and other stuff is in sync. Is it enough to define Folder Redirection for Application Data, Desktop and My Documents? There's a folder that is called "Local settings" in the local userprofiles. I think that also needs to be on the central share, but i can't see a option for that in the Group Policy Object Editor under Folder Redireciton.