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

Begin your XenDesktop blueprint with your users


The users matter first. This is why we have a blueprint for XenDesktop 7 because we want to avoid starting wrong. We want to make sure that the first thing we focus on are the users. Think about it this way, when building a house, one of the first things you have to figure out is what type of a house do you want/need (bungalow, cottage, mansion, split level, etc). Sometimes, you might determine that you don’t need a house and end up with a condo or apartment. To make this decision, you have to look at yourself and understand … Continue reading Begin your XenDesktop blueprint with your users

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 … Continue reading What are you good at?

Virtual desktop design – The right approach


One of the first questions someone doing desktop virtualization wants answered is usually one of the following questions How many servers do I need? How many IOPS? How many XenDesktop Controllers do I need? I’ve seen it many times and have been asked these questions many times. The typical answer is “It depends” (I really hate this answer BTW). The wrong answer is any number (You don’t have enough information). A more accurate answer is “Let’s solve for X, where X is the number of servers” (Pretty much the same thing as “It depends”, but we didn’t have to say … Continue reading Virtual desktop design – The right approach

The importance of user personalization within your virtual desktop


I just got off the phone with Citrix helpdesk because I finally messed up my virtual desktop. I have a dedicated virtual desktop and I guess I installed/uninstalled too many things over the past few years. The same thing always happened to me with a traditional desktop. The good thing is that it only took the helpdesk a few moments to reset my virtual desktop to a base image and I didn’t have to sit and install Windows 7 and Office for the 100th time. This experience got me to the next question from Project Accelerator: The importance of personalization. … Continue reading The importance of user personalization within your virtual desktop

An Architect’s Guide to Desktop Virtualization


What does it take to be a desktop virtualization architect? Being able to say “It depends” in twelve different languages is a great start. English (American): It depends English (Australian): It depends English (British): It depends English (Canadian): It depends German: je nachdem Spanish: eso depende French: elle dépend Dutch: het hangt ervan Italian: dipende Swahilli: inategemea Chinese: 视情况而定 Japanese: それは場合による Translations courtesy of Google Translator. For all I know, I just said “My hovercraft is full of eels” in many different languages.  Seriously, the reason why an architect says “It depends” so much is because we don’t have enough … Continue reading An Architect’s Guide to Desktop Virtualization

Project Accelerator Question 1 – Technical Skillsets


One of the first questions that Project Accelerator asks you is what technical skillset you current have, with a list of about 20 different technologies.  Why do we care? Let’s say you have App-V experience, then when you get to the application delivery portion, we will probably recommend you use App-V for a subset of applications. They same can be said for hypervisors as well. We might recommend vSphere or Hyper-V instead of XenServer for your deployment.  I can hear Citrix people saying “Are you kidding me?”, but it is true. The most important goal is to make you successful. … Continue reading Project Accelerator Question 1 – Technical Skillsets