RDS – The Complete Guide book. Present and Future.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

As you realized, the book I wrote with Freek Berson (awesome guy, great Microsoft MVP for RDS) is now out on Amazon, in both e-book and paperback versions. It is available here. Before you ask us or mention anything about the book, there are a few things I do want to explain the reason behind. So let’s take a look at some of these:

  • Book sucks as it is about Windows Server 2012 RDS. Well if you noticed, RDS on 2016 is pretty much identical to RDS 2012 R2. Very few differences. Same for Windows Server 2019, now in technical preview. Add to that there is way more production RDS environments based on 2012 R2 than 2016. Finally, the book provides a solid foundation that applies to RDS in general, not tied to a particular release. Learn all that is in there and you will certainly be able to deliver a solid RDS solution regardless of the version in question.
  • Certain chapters were sponsored what means you are biased. Well if you know me well from all the conferences I participated over the years, or as an MVP, you are probably aware of the fact when something sucks, I will be the first one to let you know. Over the years I told Microsoft everything I thought was horrible with RDS. Same with Citrix and its products. Did not matter the fact I was a Microsoft MVP for 17 years or a Citrix CTP for 9. For the book, after trying many products to address the RDS shortcomings (and there are indeed several), we truly believe the ones in the book are some of the best out there. And more than that, these are products we use on a daily basis. That is the only reason we reached out to these sponsors in the first place. It was not just about money to allow us to focus in the book but more like bringing to the public what we think are the top tools out there to make your RDS deployment much better.

With that in mind, so what about RDS 2016 and 2019? We are covering these indeed but as companion books. The idea is all the foundation you need is in the RDS 2012 book. The first one. Then, based on what your target platform is, 2016 or 2019, you just get the companion book to complement all that you learned from the main book. Simple. Also this allows us to release these smaller companion books at a much faster pace than what took us to get the RDS 2012 one done. The companion books to be released are:

  • RDS 2016.
  • RDS 2019.
  • VDI using Microsoft RDS.
  • Deploying GPU-based solutions with RDS.

These four should then cover RDS end-to-end, no matter the version and the scenario you have in mind.

I hope this clarifies a bit about the book and the plans we have for it down the road.



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