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Azure Remote Desktop: Templates

Learn the differences between 3 different Remote Desktops templates: Basic RDS, Standard RDS, and Highly Available RDS.

This article refers to the MyCloudIT Gen 2 platform, which was launched in 2015. Look for MyCloudIT Gen 3 to be launched in early 2020.

Overview

Using remote desktops enables any business to access workspace anywhere, expand the lifespan of hardware, enable Bring-Your-Own-Device and provide secure deployment. This guide will explain the differences between 3 different Remote Desktops templates: Basic RDS, Standard RDS, and Highly Available RDS.

Basic RDS

Basic RDS template is designed for small businesses up to 32 users in one session host, the more users the larger the VM size required. Basic RDS template only has 1 user collection. 

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Standard RDS

Standard RDS template is designed for up to 250 remote desktop users with unlimited user collections. Standard RDS template also allows you to manage both “Desktop Collection” and “RemoteApp Collection,” which enables you to provision different app collections for different departments within an organization. 

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Domain-Joined RDS

Domain-Joined RDS template allows you to create a Remote Desktop solution in an existing Windows Server Active Directory domain, in an existing Azure Virtual Network. The template is also designed for up to 250 remote desktop users and includes all capabilities offered by the Standard RDS template.

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Highly Available RDS

Highly Available template also supports up to 250 desktops, however, it deploys multiple RD Session Host servers into a farm to avoid disconnection when a single server fails. Highly Available template is recommended for the highest availability and scalability for a deployment.

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After choosing the right Remote Desktops template, you can start your deployment. For assistance with large deployments (more than 250 users) or customization, contact MyCloudIT at support@mycloudit.com