Announcing Support For Windows Server 2019 and Windows Virtual Desktop

Friends,

We’re excited to announce that Remote Desktop Commander Version 4.5 has now been tested on and supports managing Server 2019 Remote Desktop Services deployments.

We’re also pleased to announce that based on preliminary testing in the Windows Virtual Desktop private preview, we are “Windows Virtual Desktop ready.” As WVD transitions into its public preview soon, we will continue to test against WVD and start adding WVD specific features, which will be announced at a later date. As part of our support for WVD, we will soon be releasing a new specialized installer of the Remote Desktop Commander Suite called the Remote Desktop Commander Core Install, which provides for completely scriptable, headless deployments of our software into WVD and other MSP / multitenant environments.

Need to monitor Windows Virtual Desktop in a planned roll out later this year? We’ll be ready to help!

Windows Virtual Desktop Officially Announced – My Take

This week at Ignite, Microsoft is announcing the introduction of Windows Virtual Desktop, a multi-user version of Windows 10 Enterprise that is deployable in Azure. Please see their blog post here about it.

I will have much more to say about this in future blog posts, but coupled with their heavy investments in “Remote Desktop Modern Infrastructure” (a.k.a RDmi for short) where RDS roles like the Connection Broker, Web Access, and Gateway are now simply PaaS components in Azure, this is going to upend the EUC/virtualization industry in an extreme way. The downward cost pressure Microsoft will place on user desktop and app hosting with this play will be tremendous. In the future at this blog and in webinars we host, we will analyze Windows Virtual Desktop licensing (with RDmi and compute costs factored in) versus traditional on-premise or datacenter-based Remote Desktop Services hosting on Server 2016/2019.

At first glance, I don’t think Windows Virtual Desktop will be good for Citrix, and I certainly think it will threaten Amazon’s DaaS offering. It’s also probably going to put a good swath of non-Azure based MSPs and CSPs out of business. I could be wrong, of course, but that’s my read on it right now.

Fortunately for our customers, we will be Windows Virtual Desktop ready in Q1 2019, and will be able to monitor multi-user Windows 10 instances just like Windows Server RDS session hosts. We look forward to continue to serving the Remote Desktop Services management and monitoring needs of all organizations, whether they run Windows Server or Windows 10 on premise, in the datacenter, or in Azure.