Windows Server 2019 RDS Features | Parallels RAS

Windows Server 2019 RDS role—which plays an increasingly crucial part in today’s digitally-driven business innovations—has been likewise designed to support areas like hybrid cloud, security, and hyper-converged infrastructure.

RDS (Remote Desktop Services) has now been equipped with new and improved features that help businesses to acquire better capabilities to:

Windows Server 2019 RDS Features That Support Hybrid Cloud Adoption

Instead of just maintaining either a public or private cloud, many businesses are now starting to adopt hybrid cloud and even multi-cloud strategies. Windows Server 2019 RDS supports these strategies by enabling businesses to carry out a public cloud (via Azure) or on-premises deployments. Also, it enables deploying infrastructure roles (e.g., RD Connection Broker, Gateway, Web Access, Licensing) in Azure while keeping host virtual machines on-premises (if they choose to).

The previous version of RDS already had the capability to store business resources, user personalization data, and settings on either on-premises datacenters or in Azure. By leveraging the existing and new hybrid-cloud capabilities of RDS, businesses can have more flexibility in the way they build their virtual application and desktop environments.

How Long will Windows Server 2019 be Supported?

The life cycle start date for Windows Server Standard 2019 was 13th November 2018. The mainstream support date is expected to end on 9th January 2024. The extended support date is specified as 9th January 2029.

Features That Improve Cybersecurity Posture

Rising cyber threats are forcing businesses to increase their focus on strengthening cyber defenses. RDS 2019 helps in this regard by:

Other New Features Worth Mentioning

In addition to those features mentioned earlier, Windows Server 2019 is also accompanied by the following:

Windows Server 2019 RDS licensing

Windows Server 2019 version has enhanced security, cloud integration, and improved end-user experience and has additionally introduced the new server operating system of Remote Desktop Services architecture.

Remote Desktop Services, known in the older versions as Terminal Services helps users control remote computers or virtual machines over the network connection. Any client machine that supports the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) is accessible to RDP users.

The Windows Server 2019 RDS licensing model has also been eased out because it lets customers update per-user licenses without the need of direct Active Directory connectivity. In other words, RDS licensing requires users or devices to have a client access license (CAL) when connecting to Remote Desktop Session Hosts (RDSH). The RDSH also obtains a CAL from the Remote Desktop license server automatically. Microsoft also offers a wizard to configure the Remote Desktop licensing server role, thus making licensing faster and efficient.

Deploying Windows Server 2019 RDS on the Cloud

The previous versions of Windows Server required you to bring in your own infrastructure for deploying it to the cloud. This caused reduced flexibility and scalability of Windows Server. However, the newest version (Windows Server 2019 RDS) offers RDS templates that can be deployed and installed directly to the Azure portal. Hence, Windows Server 2019 reaps from all of the benefits of Azure.

Additionally, RDS 2019 also supports hybrid deployments. The infrastructure roles can be deployed on Azure whole the host Virtual Machines (VMs) can be on-premises.

In the security arena, RDS 2019 has introduced the Azure Key Vault. You can manage certificates and use Azure SQL DB for high availability RD licensing.

RDS subscriptions are also now available through Cloud Solution Provider (CSP). This availability addresses customer needs and also makes desktop and app virtualization support more cost-effective. Since RDS subscriptions can directly be done through CSP, customers and partners do not have to acquire different licenses by going through multiple programs. Customers can hence enjoy a faster-licensing cycle as the CSP integrates with other Microsoft licenses like SQL Server, Office, and Windows Server.

Windows Server 2019 RDS hence makes integration and deployment in the cloud easy, flexible, scalable, and secure.

Windows Server 2019 RDS Pain Points

While these new features certainly improve on the previous version of RDS, there are still pain points that haven’t been addressed in Windows Server 2019. To mention a few:

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