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BillBondo
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Spent the last two days trying to figure out 2008r2 server and the remote desktop thing. As far as I am concerned, I can use remote desktop on any machine in the world. I dont need 2008r2 for this. This is where I get confused as to what microsoft is actually doing. I have VMWare 4.1 in a test environment and that is fine for server consolidation. But from what I understand is that 2008r2 with hyper v and remote desktop will enable me to "boot from" the xp image I created and assigned to a user in ADDS. Not to run Win7 and connect to a XP VM. Maybe I am thinking that it should be like pxe or thin clients.

Well, I hope someone can clear this up for me. Virtual desktops should work the same way a roaming profile does. Thanks in advance.

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Thanks for your response. Now that my frustration is gone, I should restate what I mean. I thought that 2008r2 would allow a user to log on and just like a roaming profile get a desktop that is asigned to them. That has allways been my vision of a virtual desktop.

I actually did this with virtual server 2005 and some free "desktops" I downloaded and when the computer started it would do a network boot. Make sense? Like a thin client.. Never had any luck getting it to load a xp image up to the computer.

So I dont understand why I set up a virtual machine and asign it to a user in ADDS,  BUT the user logs on like normal and then does a https/rdsweb into the desktop.. I have to be missing something....

I read something about win7 being setup with this but thats still not what I am looking to accomplish. Something along the lines of a WYSE Machine?

Is that what 2008r2 is capable of I guess is my question?

Thanks in advance for all your input!!!
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2008R2 is capable as long as you meet the hardware requirements (must be 64bits, enough HD, enough RAM, etc)
2008 standard can have 1 VM
2008 enterprise can have 4 VMs
2008 datacenter can have unlimited VMs
2008 Itanium can have unlimited VMs

I suggest you to take a look at this setup
http://www.windowsecurity.com/articles/Configuring-Windows-Server-2008-Terminal-Services-Gateway-Part1.html

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