Windows Vista Enterprise and Windows Server


Flexible Desktop Computing

Dynamic choices for deploying and securing desktops

Enterprise organizations have to maintain large-scale, complex IT environments. The more extensive and sophisticated their infrastructure becomes, the more they can benefit from flexible desktop deployment solutions. Microsoft® has designed new flexible desktop computing options centered on Windows Vista Enterprise and Windows Server code name “Longhorn” to give enterprises a range of options for simplifying desktop infrastructure management. For most customers Windows Vista Enterprise installed on laptops or desktops, combined with the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack, will be the best solution for end-user productivity and streamlined management. For enterprise early-adopter customers specifically looking to centralize Windows execution or storage, Microsoft provides two new options: Vista Enterprise Centralized Desktop and Diskless PCs as part of Vista Enterprise. These two new options add to the existing Terminal Services offerings.

Flexible Desktop Computing Options
Local Deployment:
Windows Vista Enterprise gives Software Assurance customers who want to deploy and execute desktops locally the ability to use local virtual machines, diskless PCs, and remote boot for PCs. • New! Diskless PCs and Remote Boot: Reduce TCO by eliminating PC hard drives while centralizing data storage and applications. The OS and applications execute locally on the PC to take advantage of the hardware. • Virtual Machines (VMs) for PCs: Locally run up to four VMs with Virtual PC 2007 on Windows Vista Enterprise to address application compatibility issues and simplify testing environments. • New! Centralized Desktop for PCs: VECD provides licensing for Windows Vista Enterprise VMs running on servers on top of Windows Covered PCs. This enables enterprises to combine PC productivity and local execution with the advantages of centralized deployment. • New! Centralized Desktop for Thin Clients: To centralize desktops on the server on thin clients, use Windows Vista Enterprise Centralized Desktop to provide secure Windows Vista VMs on a server-based infrastructure delivering the Windows experience to reduced desktop hardware. Terminal Services is a feature of Windows Server, and is included with the operating system. However a Client Access License (CAL) is required for every user or device that connects to the terminal server. Users typically connect from thin clients or rich PCs using a remoting protocol such as Microsoft RDP. • Centralized Desktop with Terminal Services: TS enables the desktops of many users to share and run on the same server-based operating system that allows large numbers of user desktops while centralizing and protecting the applications and the data.

Centralized Deployment
Centralized desktops in the data center can be achieved using Windows Vista Enterprise Centralized Desktops (VECD) or Terminal Services (TS). VECD is a subscription license to provide Windows Vista Enterprise Virtual Machines on a server to either desktop PCs or thin clients using remoting protocols such as Microsoft RDP.

The VECD, Diskless PC, and TS options can be extended with Microsoft SoftGrid® Application Virtualization. SoftGrid for desktops is available as part of Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP); SoftGrid for Terminal Services is available as a separate device or user CAL. Through application virtualization and local caching on the client, applications can be centrally-managed yet run locally. Application files are copied (or streamed) to the local device only when needed and then executed locally on demand. User preferences and settings are saved separately and can be stored on the network so that they are always available no matter which device is used to access applications.

Windows Vista Enterprise and Windows Server

Flexible Desktop Computing Advantages
With Flexible Desktop Computing you can make the right choice of architecture to suit your particular deployment needs.

Increased Flexibility
Tailor deployment options to specific enterprise needs by using the optimal combination of local VMs, centralized desktops, and diskless PCs. Add Microsoft SoftGrid Application Virtualization to extend this flexibility to application deployment.

Streamlined Deployment
Reduce TCO through streamlined and flexible deployment: • Reduce hardware costs: Reduce hardware costs with options such as Diskless PCs which eliminate local hard drives, VECD which maximizes server footprint, and local VMs which extend PC capabilities. • Reduce support costs: Improve efficiency of end users and IT departments by limiting the amount of desktop visits needed to resolve desktop issues and increasing end-user performance with less downtime during business hours. • Centralized resources: Enabled Shared Access Infrastructure with Diskless PCs and VECD which centralize data sharing and OS provisioning, and Local VMs which allocate PC resources across multiple desktops.

Centralized Security
Improve security, protect and centralize corporate data, and simplify regulatory compliance: • Centralized data: Protect and secure sensitive corporate assets by centralizing data storage and execution • Centralized applications and OS with SoftGrid: Centralize the storage of applications and operating systems, while allowing PCs to boot and execute remotely or to run an OS and its applications on a virtualized server. • Sandboxed virtual environments: Improve compatibility and provide a security barrier against potential threats and malware.

Microsoft Flexible Desktop Computing with Windows Vista Enterprise and Windows Server provides customers with a broad range of flexible deployment solutions. For more information about any of these options, please contact your Microsoft sales representative or visit

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