Latest Microsoft Mechanics video highlights recent updates to RDS for Windows Server 2016

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Remote Desktop Services (RDS) for Windows Server 2016 is seeing some serious love, and the latest Microsoft Mechanics video is here to show off exactly what all of the improvements customers can expect to see.

In the video, Simon May and RDS Principal Group Program Manager Scott Manchester get together and show off a ton of different demos to showcase just what RDS is capable of with the latest improvements under the hood.

Here are some bullet points detailing the video, as per the blog post on Microsoft’s Technet.

  • Graphics performance improvements: Scott and Simon take us through the significant performance and app compatibility improvements we have made in user experience, through Discrete Device Assignment (DDA) technology for server class graphics cards; this technology simultaneously provides the full power of available graphics processing to virtual desktops as well as session-based desktops and apps by surfacing the actual IHV’s GPU driver, which improves app compatibility. He also talks about the RemoteFX vGPU related investments including enhanced support for Open GL and Open CL.
  • Connection scale: They then show the new RD Connection Broker capabilities that handle massively concurrent connection situations, commonly known as the “9 am scenario” or “log on storm.”
  • Optimizations for Cloud:  We also see the Azure QuickStart templates in action that can quickly set up a scalable and highly available deployment of RDS on Azure infrastructure.

The world has a whole lot of people doing things remotely these days, so the improvements that the RDS teams are working on could do quite a bit of good. Optimization in graphics performance means that people like 3D animators and modelers will more easily be able to work remotely and the improvements directed towards fixing the “9 am scenario” will save people a lot of headaches. Even if you aren’t the biggest user of RDS, the presentation that Microsoft Mechanics has in its video is pretty sweet. This is definitely worth a watch if you have 15 minutes free.