RemoteApp Delivery Can Be Complex

On 8 February 2013 by Pete Petersen

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There are two quotes by Albert Einstein that seem to make sense in the VDI world:

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction.”

“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.”

The point being that any VDI solution should include all the right components, deliver the right applications in the right format, and enable the users in the most efficient, cost-effective way possible.

Microsoft RemoteApp can help simplify an implementation. But to be clear, the simplification isn’t for the administration nor the implementation; it’s for the users. RemoteApp is good in a use case where the users are going to keep their local (physical) desktop (or laptop) for whatever reason, and need to run applications in “seamless” mode, so that they look like they’re running locally, but really running centrally on a server in the data center.

The applications still need to be installed somewhere, whether on an RDS server (where it will play in multi-user mode), or with the introduction of Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8, on a virtual desktop. Care and feeding is not different and is not less (or more) complex. In contrast to Greg Shields’ assessment, to be clear, the simplification is for the user.