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Welcome to our new Demo Tuesday series. Each week we will be highlighting a new product feature from the Hybrid Cloud Platform.

If you manage a virtualized desktop/app environment, you probably spend a lot of time min/maxing resources for a variety of uses: from a power user designing graphically intense data visualizations to a group of employees sharing the same app resources. Our two demos this week show you new capabilities to:

  • Help scale up and scale down connections
  • Provide high-end device pass through capabilities for the most graphics-heavy workloads
  • Set up Azure SQL connections that can now be shared across more than one RDS deployment

Demo #1: Improve GPU virtualization

This video demonstrates the improved tools for virtualization performance testing support and shows how to easily dedicate specific hardware to specific VMs for high-demand tasks and users.

RemoteFX vGPU in Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V has integration improvements specifically aimed at making GPU performance testing and monitoring smoother and more intuitive. It works in Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 and is well suited for load balancing all types of VM use cases.

Discrete Device Assignment (DDA) is a new technology that helps you manage high-performance demands on virtualized resources. It’s also useful for maximizing app compatibility across a large pool of users sharing a GPU resource. DDA works in Windows 10 as well as in Windows Server 2016, and in Linux VMs.

Demo #2: Beat the remote “logon storm”

Tired of the 9 A.M. scenario where everybody starts a connection request to their virtualized workloads, potentially slowing down connection times and deteriorating reliability?

We have made big improvements in highly available Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2016—including fixing the issues around “logon storm” and providing a much easier way to do SQL connections. This video shows how to set up Azure SQL Database and connect via Remote Desktop Connection Broker (RD Connection Broker).

Remote Desktop Services technology can now handle 10,000 simultaneous connections, meaning the sudden performance bottlenecks that occur when a large number of users access virtualized resources at the same time—AKA “logon storms”—are no longer an issue.

In previous versions of high-availability mode, the RD Connection Broker required a dedicated SQL Server always-on cluster using Windows authentication, but this connection was hard and expensive to set up in high-availability mode. Windows Server 2016 has been updated to use RD Connection Broker to connect to an Azure SQL Database using SQL authentication instead.

Give it a try and get started with RDS on Azure or visit our website to learn more about Remote Desktop Services from Microsoft.