The Planning and Design Series Approach
Published: February 25, 2008
This guide is one in a series of planning and design guides that clarify and streamline the planning and design process for Microsoft® infrastructure technologies.
Each guide addresses a unique infrastructure technology or scenario. These guides include the following topics:
The guides in this series are intended to complement and augment the product documentation.
This guide is designed to provide a consistent structure for addressing the decisions or activities that are most critical to the successful implementation of the Terminal Services infrastructure in Windows Server® 2008.
Each decision or activity is divided into four elements:
Table 1 lists the full range of characteristics discussed in the evaluation sections. Only those characteristics relevant to a particular option or task are included in each section.
Table 1. Architectural Characteristics
Each design option is evaluated according to these characteristics and is subjectively rated to provide a relative weighting compared with other options. The options are not explicitly rated against each other as there are too many unknowns about the business drivers to accurately compare them.
The ratings are relative and take two forms:
Table 2. Impact on Characteristic
The characteristics are presented either in two-column or three-column tables. A two-column table is used when the characteristic applies to all options or when there are no options available—for example, when performing a task.
A three-column table presents an option, the description, and the effect, in that order, for the characteristic.
Who Should Use This Document
This guide is written for information technology (IT) infrastructure specialists who are responsible for planning and designing a Terminal Services implementation in Windows Server 2008 to serve desktops or applications to devices running the Remote Desktop Client (RDC) software. These specialists include consultants, internal IT staff, and others who are concerned with design decisions relating to virtualization.
The content in this guide assumes that the reader is familiar with Terminal Services technology and is planning an implementation of Terminal Services servers, farms, or both in Windows Server 2008.