Pieter is a Sr. Program Manager in the Windows Virtual Desktop product group, responsible for operating systems. In the past 11 at Microsoft years, he has held several roles including Windows Technical Solution Professional, EMS Blackbelt Technical Solution Professional and Premier Field Engineering. Pieter has visited over 300 different customers across the EMEA region and is well known in the Windows and Mobility field. Outside of work Pieter likes to hike, play field hockey or brew beer with friends.View the profile
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Don’t miss this opportunity to become a Citrix and Windows Virtual Desktop expert. Windows Virtual Desktop unlocks a new world of opportunity in Azure and long-time partner Citrix will be there to embrace and extend the capabilities of Windows Virtual Desktop on day one. In this session, we’ll show the planned Citrix enhancements designed to manage and deploy Windows Virtual Desktop workloads at scale. You’ll see our joint integration opportunities, learn about environment configuration, and discover deployment recommendations for Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops PoC with Windows Virtual Desktop once it is available.Note: This session will be live-streamed during the event and available for on-demand viewing post-event on Citrix Synergy TV.
So welcome to the Windows Virtual desktop in Citrix workspace presentation. My name is Carissa Stringer. I work for Citrix. I do product marketing for app and desktop virtualization product and I'm very excited to have a whole panel here from Citrix and Microsoft still handed over to each one dinner do some cells. Hello everyone. My name is Sir Peter wake 11. I'm a program manager in the Windows Virtual desktop engineering team for Microsoft. I am ready to cook it work with Peter on the Windows Virtual desktop team recently from fslogix came to Microsoft to acquisition
manager for Citrix. You guys will be sore for a while crate and today's presentation first office. What is Windows Virtual desktop and who better to explain that to us than the Microsoft team themselves and then the next question very quickly becomes. What is the Citrix value-add on top of Windows Virtual desktop, so we'll dive into that in a little bit more detail. And then of course, where do you go from there? What's next? How do I get started today will give you some guidance as we go through some of those specifics. So we can start a presentation on
Citrix in Microsoft without talking about the Citrix in Microsoft relationship. I really Brad Anderson set it on stage yesterday and I couldn't agree more. It is really a unique partnership in the industry 30 years strong. And of course the fact that we have Microsoft joining us on stage today as well as many Microsoft representation in the audience. I think it really is a testament to the strength of that partnership. However, every time we talked about the Microsoft partnership we talked about it as super high broad level and what I want to do today is actually go one click down and talk
about it more specifically as it relates to Azure. So Microsoft has made a huge investment and Asher right? You can see from this side here. They have 40 54 worldwide regions present in 140 countries. That's a huge investment on the Microsoft side. And where is Citrix right there in lockstep with them. So starting back in 20 16 Citrix made the commitment that we were invested in a sure it was our preferred in strategic cloud. And from that point forward we continue to invest in it with us the Citrix virtual absent Desktop Service has a global
presence in a sure we've actually introduced new region starting with an Azure gov and from an Integrated Solutions perspective. You can see that it's a preferred identity option with Azure AZ as well as integration with RSC when technology with the Azure virtual and service. So again, it's just a key area of focus for Citrix is our integration with a sure about what does that mean to you as a customer about Citrix in Microsoft? Why is that relevant that's relevant because we seen a huge uptick in the investment you've made in Citrix technology on Asher.
So these aren't stats that you've probably seen in the rest of the presentation this week, but we have three times as many custom. Deploying the Citrix virtual adson Desktop Service on Asher this year as we did just a year ago. Why is that important? That's important because customers are eager to host their workloads on Asher. So those that are using the service you're typically going to find them deployed in a hybrid model. They're going to have some of their resources that are located on premises and summer hosted in the public cloud of those resources hosted in a public Cloud 80% of
them are running on Asher and why of course our customers doing that, why are customers leveraging Citrix Solutions on a sure as well as on-premise it's because of a handful of enhancement Citrix Springs. First of all the ability to manage those were close whether they are on prime or the cloud the ability to optimize the performance of those were clouds in the infrastructure hosted in Azure, and of course our biggest claim to fame the high-definition user experience that we're bringing when users access there's virtual absen desktops. So by a show of hands, I'm very interested
how many people have started leveraging whether it's in a trial or a POC the Citrix virtual apps and Desktop Service today. Okay, great. Great. So for many of you there you can draw the comparison a lot of people are using the traditional deployment. So you might be running your management plan on premises. You may have your workloads on promised the appeal going to The Virtue labs in Desktop Service. So I'm great Dino's her exciting to see all the hands that were raised. Of course, you're going to get access to the latest greatest features enhancements from Citrix.
We're going to be able to optimize that infrastructure. You're not going to need to do manual updates to all the infrastructure you literally are able to focus on the key aspects of your apps and desktop that you care the most which is typically usually user access policies control all those things that are related to your your corporate data some other key reasons to consider the service optimizing your Disaster Recovery strategy is probably one of the number one reasons that we see customers invested in the Birchbox and Desktop Service, but today here on stage when I'm most
excited to share with you. The newest benefit that we're bringing to the virtual apps and Desktop Service, and that is the integration that we have with Windows Virtual desktop. So from here, we'll take it and hand it over to Peter to walk you through what Windows Virtual desktop actually is This is working. So let's go for it. So we announced Windows Virtual desktop lost hieratic night. And ever since we seen a huge amount of interest at this moment worrying public preview already have thousands of tenants up and running and the best thing is that the vast majority of
companies out. There are large organizations that already licensed for Windows Virtual desktop. So what is Windows Virtual desktop? Let's let's talk about that. First of all Windows Virtual desktop is a combination of net new technology and some new entitlements. So one of the four promises that we make is that it's the only multi-session Windows 10 experience in a few slides on Claymore what that means now, we also enable ultima's Asians for Office 365 proplus and we're doing it in two ways. One is we acquire an organization called Eva's Logics and that came
with Randy and the other thing is that our office team is improving the product itself. So it behaves better in a virtualized environment. To think about OneDrive installer. We now I have a machine wide installer. The same goes for teens Outlook is making changes on how stuff is being synchronized and all of this is specifically designed for virtualized environments. Another chance, we may not so long ago is it fact that if you have an audience license, you can also use Windows Virtual desktop. So it's also license friendly and because it's based on that you can deploy and skill and minutes.
So just imagine that you have seasonal workers when the season starts you still up and whenever it's done you still down with just a few muscle aches. Now if you click down a little bit more what are additional benefits of Windows Virtual desktop why she can see in the slide? It's solution for both vdi but also rtsh, we have support for a physician's non-persistent single-session no possession and then she can see all the second bullet. We also have support for full desktop or remote app. So we support everything. Another benefit you're getting this is more of an entitlement is Windows 7
with free extended security updates. So what does it mean? Well as you know, hopefully in January 2020, so roughly what is it 6 7 months from now Windows 7 will reach end of support and that means if you still have Windows 7 running you got two options you wider. Well, if you have three options that I think about it one is doing nothing always an option not recommended. The second option is you purchase extended security updates for your own Prime Windows 7 machines. You can purchase one two or three years. So why 2023
that's one Microsoft will stop creating security updates for Windows 7. The other option is if you upload that Windows 7 workloads own to Azure as part of Windows Virtual desktop, you'll get the three years of extended security updates free of charge. The only thing you'll be paying for is the compute and storage and network that agreeable generate and that's the only thing you will be charged for. We integrate with all of the other security aspects or the other capabilities of Microsoft 365 think about InTune management MDM management. And we also
leverage as you're a d identities, which means that once you connect into the service your remote into the service, we can all use things like multi-factor authentication or conditional access just like a light switch. It's super easy to enable. So I mentioned this Windows 10 multi session experience. So let's dive into this a little bit more what it means. Turn on the left. You can see Windows server and is the world today, right? You can choose between Windows server or Windows and Enterprise. So what are the pros and cons on the left side?
You can't see Windows Server. The biggest benefit is that it's allows multiple sessions. So, you know what it means but I do Ken if multiple people remote into this virtual machine or potentially physical machine. It supports win32 apps. It does not support more than that. So I catch Cortana and the store it's the best fit is with office Perpetual depending on which Bill to running Office Pro Plus might not even be supported. And it's super aesthetic. I want you to play it it remains static for about 10 years. On the other side of the spectrum there's Windows 10 Enterprise
which only supports one session. So if you have a company of a thousand employees, you'll be running a thousand instances of Windows 10 Enterprise, which is more expensive but it does come with some benefits. It supports modern apps again at Cortana the store Office 365 proplus and it's based on a different release Cadence. It won't be called the semi-annual channel. That means you get feature updates twice a year. There's a spring and a fall update. I don't change that. We made a couple of months ago is we declared additional support for the fall update?
That means you got 30 months if you deploy The Fallout date and this is mostly towards larger organizations or Enterprises because twice a year potentially was too quick. So if you take a photo update you could even Skip One release and still remaining support. The new thing we've been working on is Windows 10 Enterprise multi-session and it combines the best of Two Worlds. So it's it feels and it looks and it smells like Windows 10 because guess what it is Windows 10. The only big difference is that it allows multiple sessions. So now if you deploy one virtual machine
with Windows 10 Enterprise note I said you can have multiple people remote into it. And one of the questions we get pretty often is but what's the limits how many folks how many sessions do you support and answer is we have no limit. It depends on how much Hartford resources you assign that will be the bottleneck, but it's not the operating system itself. So you can see that it's combines the best fuel rail to support win32. So you have great or good application compatibility mode on apps Office 365 proplus. We even had a lot of enhancements for virtualized environment
including shared computer activation and the other tweaks that I mentioned at the beginning like machine wide installers in and such and we have the same thing. Send me a note channel. So twice a year including 30 months for the fall update. So I'm going to head over to Randy and he's going to talk a little bit about fslogix and all the magic that it said that it brings. All right. Thanks Peter. Thank you all for coming today. Appreciate it. I'm going to take a minute and just a cover at a high-level what the the different products are that are
available with it with the come from Memphis logic. These all now live inside the WV team has where we landed. First of all, we want to talk about our profile container. So the profile container is just the ability to roam the user's profile. We do the same kind of a unique way. We put it all into a PhD or a vhdx and what happens is that file is stored on a file server somewhere and as a user is logged on that is quickly attached to the machine that has Logic Technology makes it look like it's native part of the C drive. You can't really
tell the difference all the office stuff thinks. It's all Native see Dr. Azmi user logs off the volume just attached and all the changes that the user made our Network persisted on the file share. This is just a really fast way in these types of environments to meet to roam the profile and the cool thing that that this enables is that you can turn on all of the office cashing that you had to turn off previously and this is really what makes the office experience working a native fashion and get users. Just get a native experience. Now sometimes there's reasons why you can't replace your
profile solution lots of of them and so for those situations we have something that we call the office container. It does exactly the same thing. But it only does it For Those portions of the user profile that have to do with office cashing all the rest of the stuff will just fall through to the regular profile and just be wrong by your regular profile roaming solution. So this is something that you can easily put into your environment and without having to replace anything and then make your office stuff work really quickly. We do have a recommend if you can use the profile container
because that's really going to get you an easier migrations at wvde later. You just can be able to copy these files up to the cloud and be ready to go. We have another couple of products that other interesting as well one is called at masking and this is just the ability to allow visibility of applications to applications that are installed in the base image. So there's no kind of provisioning or anything like that. It's just if the applications are there, you can say this set of users get sees the application this set doesn't it's always seen as very
complementary to a blaring Technologies. We don't see them to complete the actually are better together. So it's a great story. Our last part I got is Java redirection and this just simply allows you as an administrator to say when a user opens up this particular application or the particular URL that needs to run with this particular version of java. That's why you can have a variety of versus job on the machine and everything by default will run with the latest version, but if you have an older application But needs particular version, It's just a simple policy that you put in place
to make that work. So since we've been acquired it's been about 6 months now or so and we've been working on what the entitlement is going to be for this and this this will be announced shortly, but it will be very broad. So most likely everybody here will be covered by the entitlement you'll be able to use all these products for free and there will be no limitation about where you used to be. So you're not just going to be able to use it in WV D. We totally understand the hybrid environment. We understand the importance of you being able to adopt these
Technologies As you move into the cloud so they will be available to you in those environments as well. so that's a very good message to send. Thank you. Appreciate it. Yeah, it's pretty exciting. Alright, thanks for the thanks Randy. So well, so here would looking at my local device. But this is Windows 10 multi-session and there's a few ways to see if that's the case. The easiest is by just going to task manager. And if you go to the user tap, you can see that we have a few or a
bunch of gooses Wild on most of them are disconnected, but they could also have an active session right now. So, you know like I mentioned before it's smells and feels like Windows 10 because it's actually what it is. Evansville Jakes adds the capability to use office just like it would on a physical device and that's our vision. That's our future we want to make sure that office behaves just like it would on a physical endpoints. Evansville cheeks helps just like Randy mentioned because of all of the cashing which is now stored on a PhD that's stored outside of the VM and just
is mounted right in time when you needed that we can tell by just opening Outlook. And here I have all my data not even if tomorrow I log on and I'm assigned another virtual machine that I've never seen before in a non persistent environment. F is what monster PhD which builds my or is using my my user profile and whenever one of The Office Products starts all my data is just there so it's feels like this is the machine I was using yesterday. And because of that we can also use my OST file to search in like I can search for Boker and
I find my friend who invited me over for an evening of Poker just one example. Another thing which just automatically works is OneDrive. So if I go to OneDrive you can see over here to zoom in a bit from the folks in the back. Try again. So you can see that I have a few files and some of them are in the cloud so sport also an edger by the way, and some of them are on my local within my local profile. Not the cool thing is that false getting files across is relatively quick because my virtual machine is in Azure. My OneDrive for business data is also an Azure. So if I write fake
and I choose always keep on this device and did his actually win the file will be hydrated to my environment or to my profile. It's almost instant because it just almost like a local Falco. So that's one of the benefits as well. OneDrive is fully supported the on demand feature or on the month files that were showing now is also fully supported. Soap that just a quick demo of Windows 10 Enterprise multi-session with office with OneDrive and the best thing as well. Is that for Windows 10 Enterprise multi-station? You
don't need an audience Cal. So if you're licensed or for Windows per user or something better, it means you're already entitled for it. So you don't need an audience Cal like you would for Windows server. So let's talk about the high-level architecture. If we look at these boxes he on the ride the three sections you see let's start at the bottom, right so you can see provided by Microsoft. Do you compute storage networking? That's just basic as your functionality. This is been around whenever Azure was
born. So Microsoft abstract all of the hardware layer, that's something you don't have to worry about. The only thing that you bring is your subscription. So you bring an address subscription and was in it, you can deploy specific operating systems. So we have support for Windows 7 including the three years of the extended security updates. We have support for Windows 10 Enterprise and then of course Windows 10 Enterprise multi-session, but we just showed and if you have Citrix, so Citrix as a lot of value on top of Windows Virtual desktop support Windows
Server 2008 R2 and up. If you look at the Windows Virtual desktop, that's a natively without Citrix. We don't have support for Server 2008. It starts with 2012 R2 in them. So they just one example and harsh will talk about more examples later on. Turn on top of that you have additional features or functionality and services that are provided by Citrix and harsh and since you are, you know, this is your bed and butter. So hopefully you can take it. Take it over from my thing. You did a really great job promoting subject. It's probably continue. No, but seriously, thank you.
Thanks Peter. They contain Valerian definitely wanted to call out in the slightest. Peter was referring to is Wyndham Luigi great benefits coming out the customers bring their own computer after that. They have all their entitlement specially the ones around Windows 10 multi-session Windows 7 years Hill and then through Citrix xendesktop service. You can be managing all the workload and the best way to see almost forty to fifty percent customers. This is we are just going to add you into the mix and you're managing that game experience. Is there a new customers you want to try? This is a great
way to start your Cloud Journey. Weather along with WhatsApp Desktop Service probation in Catskill is a major benefit and thereby you can be managing across multiple different to yourself. You don't understand that. And not that beautiful the pressure of a demo. I'm going to try. So, let's see what the public preview looks like. First Step what you have a supraglottic on your login You going to the hotel option Desktop Service? Just like I was going to go to any other
machine catalog in the past Windows 10 multi section would become a new machine catalog. And the only thing that's coming very shortly is today. We had server server and desktop OS that's going to change names do multi sectional Wesson single session of a search more customers. The ones I've done that I'm going to log into my workspace app. Let synthesis use the One login. Does Windows 10 multi section desktop with Peter showing earlier? Let's make sure we have the same desktop. And there you go. All right. This is the end of Rise weed Enterprise virtual desktop
second user login. That's older Windows 10 multi last stop. And then finally you want to make sure we can monitor all of this experience be going to director and really showcase. The number of machines that are being used. Is that one single machine that we had country gun? But from a user standpoint of the sessions band when we actually have two sessions coming out of the Sleep ending soon as I slept. So it's a really great benefits for customers who wanted the
desktop experience but have all the cloud benefits as cop cost Savings in agility and so on. And now I'm just a little spill. If you have access to give. Drivers left in the sub service sign up for the trial and then learn more about this relationship in further detail at the blue material pause that for a second so that I can copy the link. Good 543. Okay. Okay, so bad that it is very similar to the same concept of value-add and this is identical to what you're doing the same thing. So will you be getting stronger at the very core? So that's why you have this
wvde and all the value add-ons on top of it, but when you Get to the specifics of and there are a certain item because it's the benefits you have better image management directly support MCS from day one and then auto-scaling I want to talk about that for a second because it's a brand new feature that give interviews very overall power management for high bridge was closed. So now you can. Just do a DS but also vdi I should read read single-session and
multi-session work clothes, right and then you can be scheduled to be on top of that. I will further enhance that so that you can go ahead and take high levels of benefits of your hybrid deployment and your Cloud Investments. Further along user experience HDX. I think we've already set the stage for this one for a while will space intelligence. I would say it's a great way to start is that David henshall in PJ mention of the keynote and then finally a broad-line support. Monitoring our we have Growler policy control have guessed. Most of you must be aware of
bad art director grape to write for your operational analytics and the platform itself. We really secure. We are releasing an operation that leader in this year. So photo you would just keep getting those values and finally all these office optimization. Steam Skype for business OneDrive and I'm just a call out for everyone. So what are you really doing is with it because of the relationship we have those APR Titans where no matter. What is your location? You are the closest part of Office 365 the bridge performance. With that said for all
of us admins are in the room just like us. This is what we have to deliver. We have to deliver a great user experience with high security and choice but to be able to do that. This is what you require. So when Citrix in Microsoft come together, you get all these different pieces all tired. And so it's a tide ad if you can read them in like the next three seconds great, but this is all the value at So that's a plus we have multiple offerings or multiple Services. You must have heard us manage that stop that mean I was recently
wvdnr arguments of benefits for their long for a more flexible or Hybrid used case which laptops and Desktop Service and then how quickly your face and the latest and greatest features. You have the most comprehensive offering from Citrix. Helena from an entitlement standpoint at the base manager job services Rescue by itself. You get it with that. Then you have the Watch Lock Service because it wasn't supposed multi-session far along were dropped in Desktop Service multi-section single-session to Windows 7 ESC comes
into the mix and finally workspace Premium Plus. So all these additions if you have them you do have access to the movie D. I mean if not you can extend to it. Tight through there. Okay, just to summarize where we are at. So it's a lot of information to process. So when we kind of went through obviously having four people on the stage and going through it in different angles can be challenging. So we went through and said what are the top highlights that we want to take away based on each individual's presentation. So Peter, obviously, we're thrilled to
have program management from Microsoft on stage. The key areas of focus from Peter section was really highlighting that Windows Virtual desktop isn't public preview today that mean if you are a Citrix virtual Epson Desktop Service customer and you're interested in the new multi-session capabilities of Windows 10, you can actually go and access that template today. It's available in Asher. From my side I want to make sure it is very clear as Hirsch Rd demonstrated in the video Citrix is committed to Day One support for Windows Virtual desktop and we're committed to that not just for the
virtual abson Desktop Service, but across the entire workspace offering as well as the new Citrix managed desktops as a service platform. The other part is and I I really love this analogy. I've been at Citrix for many many years and when I think of Windows Virtual desktop, I hopefully the Microsoft folks think about it the same way I think of it as the future and evolution of remote desktop services in many ways. You can think of Citrix bringing the value-add we've done on remote desktop Services were very excited to go into this new era hand-in-hand with Microsoft and we're bringing
that in that ability to extend and enhance RDS going forward. From Randy's presentation. So thanks to the gentleman who applied it in the corner. I think it's excellent to hear that Microsoft is committed to optimizing the performance of office in a virtualized environment. I think it is wonderful news for all of us. It's something that we're all going to benefit from and obviously Randy kind of highlighting that fslogix technology in the near future will be eligible for folks. You can go and download that from them the fslogix site today and from harsha's if there's one key
takeaway, for those of you that race your hand the integration between the benefits of Windows Virtual desktop in Citrix. It is something that is relevant to our cloud services. So you must be leveraging whether it is the Citrix virtual absent Desktop Service the Citrix manage desktops. It has to be one of our cloud services offerings to be able to take advantage of the new Windows Virtual desktop benefits, obviously because that solution has a very cloud-centric spell And the next part is if you are interested, you can get started with a public preview today Hurst gave you the
URL. I'm you can actually go to that page on citrix.com somewhere. Citrix.com search WV D but this is actually what the preview guy that looks like. I want to give a big thank you to my on staying and low a were able to pull together this a reviewer Sky. It's a very detailed step-by-step instructions on how you can integrate Citrix virtual absen Desktop Service with Windows Virtual desktop. So I'm going to wrap it up here. So next stop before you leave if you want to see all this inaction you want to ask for more detailed questions. So the Citrix Booth is showing the live demos of
what I'm harsh and Peter showed hear the Microsoft build a booth is also showing both of those pieces. So by all means please make sure you go down and ask more questions about your booth Clark's here. He loves licensing questions about Microsoft, so it'll be in the bed you can ask him. I'm going to ask you to to fill out the survey we're being recorded. So it'll be available on demand on the TV and you can download this presentation will be available starting next week. And then of course, we always like your feedback so we want to make sure we make Synergy better for you this year and
next. So if you would take him home and give you your feedback on a session, we'd appreciate that as well. So I will go ahead and pause there and open it up for any question. No questions. We did such a good job entitlements excetera excetera. Do you know when that's going to appear on our entitlement Pages for download I can say soon so Can be very it'll be it'll be very shortly in the meantime words. We got a wide open. So if anybody wants to get an eval of the stuff and look at it
right now, we're just handing those out. So you just as well. The next release will have no key in it. So you won't have no license required. So just simple install upgrade you'll be good to go. One thing. I want to mention to is if you're interested in fslogix or wvde news, you might just follow me on Twitter Randy coder imunch. I mentioned everything and that's close to where you'll see it first. So Go ahead one drive. Is there going to be any options that we can actually limit how much we can download that uses can
actually download to to session? Yeah, that's a great question. We will be working on that with the OneDrive team that there's nothing that fslogix is doing to limit the size of the cash currently. But we do get that question a lot and it needs to be addressed. So we're working with the OneDrive team to see if they want to do it or if we want to do it. So it'll it'll get done. He's coming. He's coming. Citrix box in the desert for trying to all do Apple letter in
Microsoft Office work together absolutely so together and and they continue we have customers that are using those in conjunction. We recommend using the conjunction the are very complimentary has logic stuff is really good at doing just small things like plugins and Adams and things like that, but also just stuff that you've got in your base image that you need to control disability for the rest of it should all be done without Larry little The office problem. Yeah. Yeah
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