Recently at iForum, the Trinity project was announced. The concept was presented in the context of Dynamic Desktop Initiative. There seems to be a number of alternative names (VDI, DVI) but the basic concept is the same. Administrators want the ability to host desktops in a more flexible way. This can include using racks of blades or hosting desktops in virtual machines. Currently the most common way to support this is using RDP on Windows XP.
This is where PortICA comes in. For the first time, it will be possible to host ICA on Windows XP. This makes it possible to use existing ICA clients and infrastructure to access Windows XP desktops.
The project started early this year with a team from Sydney, Australia. I’m a part of this team. Members of the team have worked on a number of projects like Application Isolation (AIE) and Access Gateway in the past.
Now that PortICA has been announced as part of Trinity, I can finally start talking about it.
I’m interested in what people are doing with XP remotely and what kind of things they would like to see happen. As a team, we’d like to see some validation of what we have been working on from the real world.
It is important to mention that this is not a project to port Presentation Server to XP. For licensing reasons, we cannot use Presentation Server on XP. It’s complicated (well sort of) to explain. Essentially PortICA uses none of the Terminal Services interfaces and is designed only for a single user environment.
PortICA was first demoed to the public at iForum in Orlando during this last week. Andrew (team lead) went to iForum and the feedback has been really good.
If you have any questions (which I can answer without hitting something confidential), please let me know in a comment.