RemoteApp and Desktop
RemoteApp allows applications running through a terminal service session to appear as if they're installed locally on the system. This is also termed "presentation virtualization," with the application running on the server side and the client seeing only that application rather than the entire desktop environment in a window. Although this capability was added in Windows Server 2008 R1, Windows 7 enhances the process with RAD (RemoteApp and Desktop) feeds, which improves the integration process with the client.
The benefits to using Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 together for these RemoteApp session include the fact that you have the new RDP protocol (RDP v7) that allows for a better multimedia experience, including Aero glass features and multimonitor support. More important, it allows for a greater level of security between the client and server, thanks to the Windows Server 2008 R2 server role called the Remote Desktop Gateway, which replaces the Terminal Services Gateway and allows you to configure more restricted access for clients.
So happy together
It's obvious that Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 are designed to play well together. That doesn't necessarily mean you have to revamp your entire network. In fact, although there are many fine reasons to like R2, the new features may not be what you need within your environment. If that's the case, no worries: Windows 7 will work just fine in your existing environment. However, if any of these features are appealing to you, you won't be disappointed by pairing these two.
What is your deployment strategy? Are you going to deploy Windows 7? Do you have a Windows Server 2008 R2 solution in mind as well? Enterprise Windows readers want to hear from the decision makers.