One of our past blogs does a great job of describing what Remote Desktop Services (RDS) is and the two solutions that are provided, which include Remote Desktop and RemoteApp. The blog also goes on to discuss the value of RDS. There are several benefits and we encourage you to take a look if you aren’t familiar with them. You can read 5 Benefits of Using Remote Desktop Services.
Today we are going to discuss a few ways you could be using RDS if you aren’t already. This includes everything from testing to using old applications to using it on your smart phone.
Curious about Windows Virtual Desktop? Click here to read more about the difference between RDS and Windows Virtual Desktop.
1. Testing New OS or Software
With on-prem environments, companies typically will wait to roll out “new” software until the bugs have been worked out and they know they shouldn’t run into many issues. Using remote desktops means you have virtual machines you can spin up to test the new OS or software on to see if it a smooth upgrade or if it still isn’t ready. The beauty in virtual machines is that if it breaks, you can end the session and just start over. No harm, no foul. So why not test them out sooner rather than later so you are able to safely and confidently know you can roll it out to your users when it is truly ready for your environment?
2. Legacy Applications
An upside to using RDS is your remote desktop can run your preferred operating system. So, if there is an older application that you still prefer to run, you are able to run the application on the OS of your choice versus having the current OS that an older software can’t run on.
On the flip side, RemoteApps are also a great opportunity for Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) who have an application that they want to move to the cloud but would need to start from scratch in building it. Using a RemoteApp allows them to offer their legacy application in the cloud with the same functionality and not have to worry about trying to create a web-based application.
3. Access Your Remote Desktop from a Smart Phone
Like most things these days, “there is an app for that”. If you’re on the go or traveling, you are able to pull up your remote desktop from any iPhone, iPad, or Android device. By being able to access your remote desktop from anywhere, at any time, you are able to quickly pull up what you need without having to go through the hassle of first pulling out a computer and second having to connect to a VPN.