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RDS in Microsoft Azure Definitions

Basic definitions of terms you will need to know before creating an RDS deployment.

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

Overview

This guide will give you a basic definition of the terms that you will need to know before creating an RDS deployment.

RDS in Azure Terms & Definitions

RDS Deployment name (Basic and Standard RDS & Remote App deployments): A friendly unique name given by the customer to the deployment, it is used to name the resource group in the Azure subscription where the RDS deployment will be created and contained. It must follow certain naming conventions dictated by Azure and must be unique among the subscription.

Server name (Standalone Virtual Machine deployments): A friendly unique name given by the customer to the deployment, it is used to name both the virtual machine and the resource group where it will be created in. It must follow certain naming conventions dictated by Azure and must be unique among the subscription.

Public DNS name: A unique identification string used for naming and addressing purposes that defines the administrative autonomy and authority of the deployment within the Internet.

RD Session Host: A Remote Desktop Session Host server is the server that hosts Windows-Based programs or the full Windows desktop for Remote Desktop Services clients. Users can connect to an RD Session Host server to run programs, to save files, and to use network resources on that server. Users can access an RD Session Host server by using Remote Desktop or by using Remote Apps.

Gateway Server: Remote Desktop Gateway (RD Gateway), formerly TS Gateway, enables authorized remote users to connect to resources on an internal corporate network, from any Internet-connected device.

Web Server: Remote Desktop Web Access (RD Web Access), formerly TS Web Access, enables users to access RemoteApp and Desktop Connection through the Start menu on a computer that is running Windows 7 or through a Web browser. RemoteApp and Desktop Connection provides a customized view of RemoteApp programs and virtual desktops to users.

AD Domain Controller: A Domain Controller is a server that runs a version of the Windows Server operating system and has Active Directory Domain Services installed. When you install Windows Server on a computer, you can choose to configure a specific server role for that computer. When you want to create a new forest, a new domain, or an additional domain controller in an existing domain, you configure the server with the role of domain controller by installing AD DS.

DNS Server: Domain Name System (DNS) is the name resolution protocol for TCP/IP networks, such as the Internet. Client computers query a DNS server to resolve memorable, alphanumeric DNS names to the IP addresses that computers use to communicate with each other.

File Server: In computing, a file server is a computer attached to a network that has the primary purpose of providing a location for shared disk access. A file server is not intended to perform computational tasks, and does not run programs on behalf of its clients. It is designed primarily to enable the storage and retrieval of data while the computation is carried out by the workstations.

RD Connection Broker: Remote Desktop Connection Broker (RD Connection Broker), formerly TS Session Broker, supports session load balancing and session reconnection in a load-balanced RD Session Host server farm. RD Connection Broker is also used to provide users access to RemoteApp programs and virtual desktops through RemoteApp and Desktop Connection.

RD License Server: Remote Desktop Licensing (RD Licensing), formerly TS Licensing, manages the Remote Desktop Services client access licenses (RDS CALs) that are required for each device or user to connect to an RD Session Host server. You use RD Licensing to install, issue, and track the availability of RDS CALs on a Remote Desktop license server.

Remote App Collection: Remote App Collection is a Session Host or group of Session Host with applications installed, published, and available for users to stream to their local devices.

Remote Desktop Collection: Remote Desktop Collection is a Session Host or group of Session Hosts with Applications installed so users access Applications from within streaming desktop experience from their local devices.