Just the Apps


We get so excited with the thought of VDI, we often forget to take a step back and focus on what we are trying to do. Here is a recent example… We need to find a way to get an application to our users. Our first problem is that many of our users are not local, which makes installation a challenge. The second problem is that many users want to use the application on non-traditional devices (tablets) because it is more convenient. We’ve heard that VDI can help us with this. What will it take? First, this is a good … Continue reading Just the Apps

Application compatibility with Windows 7


How many of you have migrated to Windows 7? If the company you work for has, I bet there are a host of applications that are not compatible with Windows 7 (although Win7 is much better at app compatibility than Vista). So what options do you have? . Let’s say your application worked fine with Windows XP, does that mean your users need XP and Windows 7 desktops? Unfortunately, I’ve seen too many people end up with multiple desktops at their desk. Not sure about you, but it seems like a waste to have two desktops for a simple issue … Continue reading Application compatibility with Windows 7

Light Users: Hosted VM-based or Hosted Shared Desktops


I recently posted a blog focusing on the resource requirements for hosted VM-based virtual desktops. These are realistic numbers and should make you wonder if the hosted VM-based virtual desktop is the most appropriate solution for all four user categories. What I found interesting was I had another blog identified as a follow-up talking about if the hosted VM-based desktop model made sense for all of the defined user groups when I started to receive emails, blog comments and twitter comments expressing the same concerns. This is great! That means many more people realizing that desktop virtualization does not always … Continue reading Light Users: Hosted VM-based or Hosted Shared Desktops

Deciding How to Integrate Applications into a Virtual Desktop


A customer asked me, in fact many customers have asked me this question, “I’ve got a XenApp environment and I want to add virtual desktops for my users. What is the best way to integrate the applications?” My response, “It depends”. And like all things in the IT world, most decisions do depend on many factors like: Are the applications used by many users? Are there a lot of dependencies? Are we dealing with legacy or new applications (16bit, 32bit, 64bit)? Do these applications need to be available offline? This is only a few questions that should be part of … Continue reading Deciding How to Integrate Applications into a Virtual Desktop

How to Avoid Turning Your XenApp into Frankenstein


I just got done watching Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein the other day. You  know how the story goes. Victor Frankenstein putting pieces together to create something new. It works, but it is not what Victor expected. In fact, it is so horrible that it scares everyone and destroys all who stand in its way. I also just got done having a discussion around virtual desktops. In this discussion, an organization using XenApp is asking the $1,000,000 question “How can I add virtual desktops to my XenApp implementation?” It is actually quite easy, you create a virtual desktop, install Citrix Receiver, and … Continue reading How to Avoid Turning Your XenApp into Frankenstein

Lack of Application Virtualization Strategy


One app, two apps.

Red app, Blue app.

Old app, new app.

What a lot of apps there are (Based on the original by Dr. Seuss)

The pond 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 virtualization, which is the 8th common mistake made when deploying virtual desktops followed by:

10.  Not calculating user bandwidth requirements

9.     Not considering the user profile

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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 factors play a role in slightly increasing that number. Take, for instance, the ABC School District.

The design called for 5 different desktop images, as shown in the figure.
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