Windows 7 Registry Optimizations for Virtual Desktops


In another blog, I discussed Windows 7 services that you might wish to disable when going down the path of desktop virtualization. In this article, I'm now focusing on registry modification you will want to make to optimize Windows 7 for virtual desktops. I've broken it down into Recommended configurations, Standard Mode configurations (for Provisioning… Continue reading Windows 7 Registry Optimizations for Virtual Desktops

Protection From Anti-Virus


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 believe that because a hosted VM-based virtual desktop image is… Continue reading Protection From Anti-Virus

Dear Architect, is my write cache estimate correct?


The latest question into the Ask the Architect mailbag comes from Andy.  Andy is creating a Provisioning services design for an environment based on Windows Server 2008, with the write cache stored on a NetApp share.  Andy's question is if the write cache estimates are correct.  Basically, Andy is estimating 650 MB write cache per… Continue reading Dear Architect, is my write cache estimate correct?

Clash of the Titans: Users, iPads and IT


The iPad was released, and people were happy. People brought the iPad to work, and users were excited. Users connected the iPad to the corporate environment and IT got scared. If you went to the Apple store and did a demo of the iPad, you might have noticed the installed Citrix Receiver (honestly, did anyone… Continue reading Clash of the Titans: Users, iPads and IT