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Too many organizations believe that the transformation to a virtual desktop requires a complete migration to a hosted virtual desktop model. As many realize, this is one of the biggest roadblocks for desktop virtualization. Too many users cannot work in the confines of a hosted virtua...
Even with the best product and best architecture, storage can break an otherwise stellar desktop virtualization solution. It is the number one reason why desktop virtualization fails. And now it is time for the #1 thing that people mess up with desktop virtualization. Storage. Ac...
Default configurations are great in that they make the setup and configuration easy. Unfortunately, they don’t work for all environments. In fact, if you simply use the defaults for an entire virtual desktop deployment, you will miss out on tons of optimizations to allow your environme...
It almost sounds like I’m talking about personal finances. You better plan your cache appropriately or you will run out. I’m not talking about money; I’m talking about system memory (although if you plan poorly we will quickly be talking about money).
Building a virtual desktop is simply a matter of installing the Windows operating system. Right? Slow down... although this will work, it won't give you the best performance and scalability. One of the items that many people mistakenly forget to accomplish is to optimize the base ope...
Boot up, log on, log off, anti virus storms are dangerous. Storms, can destroy the end user experience when working on a virtual desktop. These storms must be managed to safeguard the infrastructure from failure. Rush hour. Something we all can relate to. Way back in time when I used...
Protection from antivirus. Are you wondering if you read that correctly? Yes, it is correct. Odd isn't it? Anti-virus is there to protect us, but we also need to be protected from antivirus. Antivirus solutions are critical, even in a virtual desktop environment. Many people believ...
If you ask me what type of desktop I need, I'm going to give you specs for the most powerful, uber-cool desktop on the market. But if you look to see what desktop resources I need, you will see that the specs are quite a bit lower: 1 core and maybe 2 GB of RAM. In fact, when I look at...
Creating a desktop virtualization strategy does not mean you have to integrate every function and feature known. In fact, many small to medium enterprises are able to quickly build a virtual desktop environment because all of the complex design decisions are simplified due to smaller s...
The world is full of apps. And so is your organization. And you are probably not even aware of 50% of your applications. How does this relate to desktop virtualization? Well, many people fail in their desktop virtualization endeavors because they do not consider application virtualiz...
An organization had a profile strategy in place. Users started working in the new system. One day, a user had a profile corruption issue. To solve the issue, the profile was deleted. This meant the user had to recreate their entire personalized environment. After the profile was dele...
Do you ever wonder how much bandwidth you need to do a desktop virtualization implementation? Regardless of the flavor of virtual desktop being implemented (hosted shared, hosted VM-based VDI, local streamed, etc), the network plays a critical role. That should not be surprising (if it...
Once upon a time, there was a little school (70,000 users) with a little problem (desktops over 5 years old) with a little idea. The school was trying to find a way to make the tax money go further. The newest desktops were 5 years old with many more approaching 10 years. Depending o...
Schools typically have limited funds to take on massive IT projects. In fact, many of the desktops are over 5 years old, with significant numbers of desktops reaching 10 years old. So how does a school expect to maintain aging hardware. How does a school plan to provide students with n...
Previously I've talked about how using local storage can help reduce the costs of desktop virtualization. Paul Wilson tested this type of environment to determine that it is indeed possible. So we have a new design decision, which way will you go? Before making the decision, you hav...
What do you think are the main ingredients to any successful desktop virtualization project? Is it application integration methodology? Is it hardware? What about the IT team? Based on my experience, the top requirements really boils down to a few core items, all of which I've discus...
Users have bought hundreds of thousands iPads and are bringing them into the workplace. It doesn't matter if your environment is ready to support these devices because they are already here and in the environment.
Even with the best design and plans defined, any move to a virtual desktop will come crashing down if the migration strategy is not fully defined, tested and supported. A virtual desktop is a new computing experience for users and they will need assistance.
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 ve...
One office with one type of desktop... Easy. Hundreds of offices with any type and age of desktops... Difficult but not impossible. Most organizations find themselves in the difficult camp. A user's desktop can be completely different (in terms of hardware, resources, applications ...
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 wo...
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...
User supported applications account for the largest percentage of applications within the organization. IT does not have visibility into these applications, which makes a move to desktop virtualization difficult without proper analysis. By focusing on Application Assessments, Applicati...
By all accounts, 2010-2011 is going to be the time when organizations migrate off of Windows XP and onto Windows 7. But how to migrate thousands of users spread all over the globe? Desktop virtualization provides capabilities that can simplify this process. The migration to the new op...
VDI is often considered the first type of virtual desktop and many people believe it is still the only way to. Lucky, this one-size-fits-all model is not the case. Using a VDI-type solution is like using Notepad for all of your documents, even though a better solution, like Microsoft...
Am I the only one who has trouble understanding Cloud Computing? Is Instant Messenger considered cloud computing? Is my company's enterprise deployment of XenApp on XenServer considered Cloud Computing? Is the iTunes store considered Cloud Computing? Why is Cloud Computing so hard to ...