Remote Desktop Services in Azure

Over the past few months I have had the opportunity to implement Remote Desktop Services in Azure.  The strategy of this project was to go beyond a “lift and shift” mentality of an RDS deployment to an infrastructure that will scale on demand and provide for rapid deployment of new resources as needed.  In this post I give a high-level view of the RDS services deployed and the Azure services used to support them.

Running RDS in Azure provides a high degree of availability compared to hosting in a conventional data center.  For example, Azure has native features such as Availably Sets and Load Balancing services to limit interruptions from planned and unplanned outages.  Azure also has network resilience built in.  Hosting a reliable externally available RDS environment on-premises requires redundant internet connections, BGP and underlying Routing and Switching infrastructure.  In Azure, simply provision an external IP and the rest is built in. Continue reading “Remote Desktop Services in Azure”