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Windows Server 2008 R2, Desktop Virtualization Pop Quiz: Hosting Remote Services and Distributing RemoteApp Programs

Applies to the "Deploying and Managing a Presentation Virtualization Environment" objective of Exam 70-669 TS: Windows Server 2008 Desktop Virtualization.

Q: Which distribution methods are available for RemoteApp programs accessed by users using Remote Desktop and appear as if they running on the client's local computer, created using the RemoteApp Manager? Choose two.

  1. Create Windows Installer Package
  2. Create .rdp file
  3. Create Remote Desktop object file
  4. Create Remote Desktop Web Access installer

Answer and explanation is below.

Answer is A, B: A Windows Installer (.msi) package or Remote Desktop Protocol (.rdp) file can be created and used to distribute RemoteApp programs to users. To distribute either package to client computers, use an existing software distribution process, such as Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager or Active Directory Group Policy. These can also be made available through a file share.

Remote Desktop Services lets you deploy and maintain software from a central location. Because you install the programs on the RD Session Host server and not on the client computer, programs are easier to upgrade and maintain.

Quick Tip: To access RemoteApp programs, the client computer must be running at least Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) 6.0, available in Windows Vista and later or as a download for Windows XP and Server 2003.


Bonus Question: RemoteFX virtualizes the server's display adaptor and makes it available to virtual desktops giving users a rich graphics desktop experience when connecting to a virtual desktop. What is the minumim requirement for the server? (Tweet your answer with #pop669b and get a chance to win a Redmond t-shirt! Deadline for entries is Wednesday, March 21.)

Answer to last week's bonus question: Remote Desktop Virtualization Host allows users to access RemoteApp and Desktop Connections through the Start menu on a computer that is running Windows 7.

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