What are you good at?

I just got back from visiting friends who live about 2-3 hours away. Every time I take this trip, I decide if I will take the interstate or local highways. The interstate gets me there faster, but it is usually more stressful due to the number of people. Even though the interstate is faster, it feels longer as the road is straight and boring while the highway is more fun to drive.

This is the same problem that plagues desktop virtualization.

For those of you who were there in person or watched online, I got the change to host GeekSpeak Tonight at Citrix Synergy 2013. The topic… Desktop Virtualization (big surprise :))

I wanted to make this session different than GeekSpeak Tonight from previous years. I wanted people to walk away with a set of guidelines on how to achieve success with desktop virtualization. I wanted everyone to come away with a plan for how they should move forward with their own solution. I had a great cast of experts on the panel. I had a list of questions that should be easy to answer. I was all set. And then, something else happened.

No one could agree. No matter what topic I brought up, there room was split down the middle. If I asked if the glass was half full or half empty, I would get part of the room to say half-full, the other part to say half-empty, and then the true geeks of the room would say the glass is completely full as it is 1/2 full of water and 1/2 full of air. This was not what I wanted.

The problem with desktop virtualization is choice.

  • Do I manage my virtual desktop like a traditional desktop or do I manage it differently?
  • Do I use persistent or non-persistent desktops?
  • Do I let users install applications?
  • Do I …

The list goes on and on and on.

How do you answer these questions? You have to answer them or else you will never go anywhere or do anything.

Before we can have a productive discussion that comes to a result, we need to have the same perspective. Why am I doing desktop virtualization (The “Why” of the project might change for each user group.)? What do I excel at?

  • If I have a good desktop management system in place, why do I want to change that? Why not use these same techniques for the new environment?
  • If my concept of desktop management is to give new employees a new end point and walk away (and this process works), why would I change?
  • If I have a locked-down desktop environment, why do I want to change that? I’ll have to completely rethink the way I manage, support and secure the desktop and it might go against company policy.

You can be average at a lot of things, or great at a few things. Use your strengths to help you develop your solution.

Daniel – Lead Architect

Project Accelerator
Citrix Virtual Desktop Handbook

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