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Virtualization Magazine on Ulitzer One of the questions you must ask yourself when designing a desktop virtualization solution is understanding the user patterns.  This has a direct impact on XenDesktop farm design and scalability with respects to boot up storms and logon storms. Let's take two different examples so you can get a better idea for what I'm talking about: Scenario 1: 9-5: In this scenario, all users logon in the morning and logoff in the evening.  There might be some sporadic users working after hours, but for the most part users stay within these working hours.  This is a fairly easy scenario, which is why I've started with it.   To design your environment, you need to make sure that the boot up storm doesn't overwhelm your environment.  You will be starting a large number of hosted virtual desktops and that has a direct impact on your hypervisor of ch... (more)

Desktop Virtualization.... The Right Way (Part 3)

Total power often leads to corruption. No, I'm not talking about business or politics. I'm talking about desktops.  Have you been in a meeting where people talk about giving users admin rights to workstations. I have two words for you... Be afraid... Be very afraid...  OK that was 5 words, but the point is clear. Be afraid. Many of the challenges with the traditional, distributed desktop operating environment are the lack of standard definitions and enforcement.  Most organizations strive for a secured and locked down desktop environment, but over time users were granted excepti... (more)

Reality Check on the iPad

Do you believe the iPad will change the way we do computing? I don't.  Don't get me wrong. The Apple iPad, the HP Slate, the Notion Ink Adam, Fusion Garage's JooJoo are awesome devices and I wouldn't mind someone buying me one, but do I think they will have a huge impact on business? Not really. I see these computing devices as another alternative, but not the only device you will need.  Gone are the days where each device only did a single thing. You remember those people walking around with pagers, phones, walkmans all attached to their belts.  Looked like a bunch of Batman supe... (more)

Desktop Virtualization... The Right Way (Part 5)

The user discussion doesn't just end with an understanding of the topology. Desktop virtualization architecture will only get a users so far: access to a virtualized desktop. If the virtualized desktop does not provide the required experience in different scenarios, users will find ways of reverting back to their traditional model or find a way to make life very difficult for you, the architect of this less than stellar solution. Trying to get these users back is challenging as the bad perceptions must be changed and that takes time. Many of the missteps with regards to the user ... (more)

Desktop Virtualization: The Right Way (Part 6)

Virtualization Expo on Ulitzer We've followed all of the best practices, did a proper analysis and design and are ready to start moving users to their brand new virtual desktop. But not so fast. We need to make sure we have the proper plan in place or else we will end up with incorrect applications, confused users, or lost files. A migration plan must be put into place providing the following for the users. Personalization Synchronization: A user's traditional desktop has become polluted with numerous application installs, updates, and patches. Blindly transferring these settings... (more)