ABC School District Webinar Q/A


For those of you who missed the June 18th TechTalk on the design for a 20,000 user environment, missed out. Well, not really.  Luckily, we recorded the presentation so you can watch it whenever you desire.  As you know, the webinar was based on a reference design for a 70,000 user school district.  Links to… Continue reading ABC School District Webinar Q/A

Delivering Desktop Images at the School


In a previous post, I discussed how many different desktop images the ABC school district required for their desktop virtualization design: five. Read the previous blog to find out why five were needed. With 18,000 virtual desktops, the challenge now becomes on how to design/scale the Provisioning services environment. And even still, what happens if… Continue reading Delivering Desktop Images at the School

Hyper-V and XenDesktop – What the School Decided


To cluster or not to cluster, that was the question for the ABC School District. For those of you that read through the ABC School District reference design noticed that the environment was based on Microsoft Hyper-V.  And not only that, it consisted of two distinct groupings: Virtual Desktops Infrastructure Why the two groupings? Because… Continue reading Hyper-V and XenDesktop – What the School Decided

The Virtual School Is In Session, Please Take your Seats


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 on the… Continue reading The Virtual School Is In Session, Please Take your Seats

How many desktop images do I really need?


One of the main goals with desktop virtualization is to reduce the number of required desktop images. The fewer number of images, the easier it is to support and maintain the desktop environment, which makes desktop virtualization so promising when compared to the traditional desktop approach. The goal is a single image, but oftentimes, other… Continue reading How many desktop images do I really need?

I Choo, Choo Choose You


From the words of Ralph Wiggum, I Choo, Choo, Choose You [to be my FlexCast model]. Choosing the correct FlexCast model always leaves people wondering if they made the right decision.  The answer to this question requires us to look closer into the user requirements.  For example, the ABC School District Reference Design was recently… Continue reading I Choo, Choo Choose You

This School House Rocks with Virtual Desktops


Imagine an environment where: The endpoints are over 5 years old Users' personal computers are state of the art Applications have not been patched in over one year Each office has different configurations, although they should be identical These are some of the challenges with one particular environment: the ABC School District. This particular school… Continue reading This School House Rocks with Virtual Desktops