Session-based virtualization or Pooled virtual desktops

Hi,
I have a Windows 2012 server and I would like to setup virtual sessions or virtual pooled desktops for about 30 users. They will need to access a range of applications using an RDP interface because everyone is familiar with RDP. Between virtual sessions or virtual pooled desktops, which is more suited to my needs? I am not necessarily interested in the easiest to implement but that could be a factor. I am keen to find out what you think.
DonKwizoteAsked:
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Robin CMSenior Security and Infrastructure EngineerCommented:
You'll get much higher user density with Remote Desktop Session Host.
But compatibility is better with VDI (pooled desktops).

If you want an easy to manage environment where you get fast logons, a consistent user experience and easy management then RDSH is probably the way to go if all the software you want to use is compatible. Most is, but some things are not (e.g. Lync!).
That said, here's why I am NOT using RDSH except for certain LOB applications: https://rcmtech.wordpress.com/2014/09/11/why-im-not-deploying-windows-desktops-using-remote-desktop-services/

Also consider what client device you are going to use.

This decision will impact you in many ways, so do take your time and consider all the implications of each route. (I am available to hire to assist with this stuff)

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DonKwizoteAuthor Commented:
Thanks, another question.
Once the pooled virtual desktops for VDI have been created, how does a user connect to the server to open a virtual desktop? Can a user simply RDP to the server to open a virtual desktop session?
Robin CMSenior Security and Infrastructure EngineerCommented:
Users (should) connect via the Connection Broker. You probably also want a Web Access server.

See http://blogs.technet.com/b/canitpro/archive/2013/04/25/step-by-step-deploying-virtual-desktops-with-windows-server-2012.aspx and http://thewolfblog.com/2014/03/26/deploying-vdi-for-rds-2012-2012r2-part-i/ which will show you how it's deployed.
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DonKwizoteAuthor Commented:
Thanks
DonKwizoteAuthor Commented:
Hi All,
I have almost finished configuring my test VDI environment but I have run into a small problem.

My RD Gateway, RD Web Access and RD Connection Broker all run on the same virtual server
My RD Virtual Host server is a physical server and hosts the pooled Windows 7 VM's

When I connect to through the web access URL, I get a RDP icon for my pooled Windows 7 VM's. This is fine
But when I click on that icon and type in my credentials, it opens an RDP session to the RD Gateway/Web Access and Connection Broker Server. It should open an RDP connection to a pooled Windows 7 VM. PLEASE HELP! :-)
Robin CMSenior Security and Infrastructure EngineerCommented:
Hi Don, you need to ask this as a new question. One "EE question" per question please :-)
DonKwizoteAuthor Commented:
Hi Robincm, thanks for the reply. I have posted a new question. Please let me know what you think. I am very interested to pick your brain. :-)
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