By Senthil Baladhandayutham, Solutions Development Manager, Desktop Virtualization Solutions Group, Dell.

The introduction of Microsoft Windows Server 2012R2 has brought several important improvements to Remote Desktop Services (RDS) and VDI solutions leveraging Microsoft Hyper-V. Some of the notable additions include active Data Deduplication on running VMs, RDP clients for mobile endpoints, improved RemoteFX graphics and support for Microsoft Windows 8.1 VDI  VM. In this blog, we will walk you through the integration of Windows Server 2012R2's feature set with Dell Desktop Virtualization Solution (DVS) Enterprise for Windows Server 2012R2 solution.

Dell DVS Enterprise for Windows Server 2012R2 is designed with simplicity and affordability in mind to meet the broadest set of VDI use cases with the emphasis on total cost of ownership. Whether your IT department is planning for a pilot, a small office or a large-scale datacenter VDI implementation, we suggest three deployment options, or PODs, running on Microsoft Windows Server 2012R2 in order to meet your needs.

  • DVS 10-seat trial kit: tower based option, ideal for POC and small scale deployments.
  • DVS on PowerEdge VRTX: ideal for small office/branch office scenarios.
  • DVS Enterprise: ideal for large scale Enterprise deployment requiring a wide variety of user types.

All the three deployment options were validated with latest Intel Ivy Bridge processors running Microsoft Windows Server 2012R2 Session Host VMs and Windows 8.1 VDI VMs.

DVS 10-Seat Trial-Kit:

The   DVS 10-seat trial kit  is ideal for POC and small office deployments up to 10 users. The trial kit comes with a PowerEdge T110ii tower server bundled with Dell thin clients to support a quick and easy deployment.

DVS on PowerEdge VRTX:


DVS on PowerEdge VRTX comes with 2- blades or 4-blades configuration. Nodes are clustered using Microsoft cluster and the storage is shared among the nodes using Microsoft CSV (Cluster Shared Volume) and Dell Shared PERC (PowerEdge RAID controller) technology. Pooled VDI and remote desktop session host (RDSH) deployments leverages CSV caching feature to reduce the boot storm and login storm IOPS experienced in a typical VDI deployment scenario. The DVS on PowerEdge VRTX is best suited for small departmental deployments or remote branch office deployments where sophisticated IT skillset is not required to manage the infrastructure.

DVS Enterprise:

DVS Enterprise for Windows Server comprises the best of breed of Dell datacenter components (Dell PowerEdge R720 rack server, Dell EqualLogic 61xx series storage arrays and Dell S55 networking bundled  with Windows Server 2012R2,  providing the ideal platform to solve the broadest set of VDI deployment  scenarios (RDSH, pooled, persistent, graphics and unified communication (UC)) at an affordable price point. 
Let us provide an example of how much you can save on storage requirements with Personal desktops. Personal desktops with persistent profiles are typically the most expensive VDI option to deploy due to the need for each user VM to be unique and require its own disk space. The DVS Enterprise stack was optimized to deliver personal desktops at an affordable price by hosting such Personal desktops on a Dell PowerEdge R720 server running Windows Server 2012R2 File Server Role with built-in data deduplication feature and  Dell EqualLogic hybrid array 6100XS (SSD low-latency performance with high capacity spinning media HDD) serving  as the backend storage array. By utilizing native Windows data deduplication in our in-house testing, we observed a deduplication rate as high as 88%, translating directly into savings on the storage requirements. This capacity savings from data deduplication, combined with EqualLogic 6100XS ability to handle the higher IOPS, helps deliver Personal desktops at an affordable price.  

Dell DVS Enterprise


In addition to the storage enhancements, the DVS Enterprise stack ships with Dell PowerEdge R720 Servers powered with the latest generation of Intel IvyBridge processors and NVidia (Gird K1/K2) or AMD (Firepro S7000/S9000) graphic cards, making it a highly flexible server platform for deploying remote desktop sessions, RemoteFX shared graphics VM’s, Pooled or Persistent based  desktop VM’s.

Visit DVS Enterprise of Windows Server 2012 resources page to learn more about the solution.

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