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The Terminal Services guide leads you step-by-step through the process of planning a Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services infrastructure. The guide addresses fundamental decisions and tasks including identifying which applications are to be delivered by Terminal Services and determining whether Terminal Services is the right approach to use. Determine the resources needed to employ Terminal Services to serve the selected applications and design the components, layout, security, and connectivity of the Terminal Services infrastructure.


Figure 1. Decision flow chart

The Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide for Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services includes the following ten-step process:

Step 1: Determine the Scope of the Presentation Virtualization Project. This step drives decisions related to what applications to add to Terminal Services and for what user population.

Step 2: Determine Which Applications to Deliver and How They Will Be Used. This step’s goal is to look at the end-user populations that fall within that scope and to determine which applications each person uses and how he or she uses them.

Step 3: Determine Whether Terminal Services Can Deliver Each Application. The goal of this step is to examine each application that is intended to be served through Terminal Services in Windows Server 2008 in order to identify any applications that cannot or should not be used with Terminal Services.

Step 4: Categorize Users. This step involves categorizing users according to the intensity with which they use the applications to be hosted.

Step 5: Determine the Number of Terminal Server Farms. The goal of this step is to arrive at an optimal number of terminal server farms for the Terminal Services design.

Step 6: Map Applications and Users to Farms. The goal of this step is to assign the applications and users to the appropriate terminal server farms.

Step 7: Design the Farm. This step determines the form factor of the server in each farm and the number of servers required to deliver the applications from the farm.

Step 8: Determine Where to Store User Data. The objective of this step is to determine where to store the user data and profiles so that they are always available to all the servers in the farm.

Step 9: Size and Place the Role Services for the Farm. The goal of this step is to optimally place each of these role services and then to determine the number of servers required and how they will be architected.

Step 10: Secure the Communications. This step involves determining the security implementation between the clients and the terminal server.

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