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… Continue reading Light Users: Hosted VM-based or Hosted Shared Desktops

Windows 7 Optimization Guide for XenDesktop


If you have been following my ongoing commentary regarding Windows 7 optimizations for virtual desktops, you have probably been wondering when all of this information will be put into a document. Well, it has finally happened. Based on many of the items Citrix Consulting has identified, we have our initial Windows 7 optimization guide for… Continue reading Windows 7 Optimization Guide for XenDesktop

A Server is Not a Desktop – A Desktop is Not a Server


I've heard this statement many times "A desktop is not a server". Most of the time when I hear it, it is in reference to high-availability and storage. Why do we need to provide live migration for a desktop? Why do we need expensive SAN storage for a desktop? These are all true, but what… Continue reading A Server is Not a Desktop – A Desktop is Not a Server

Optimize Your Virtual Desktop Recycle Bin


I'm reading more and more Windows 7 optimization guides for virtual desktops and I'm starting to believe that many people are focusing too much on scalability and too little on the user experience. I've spoken about people taking optimizations too far before, but this time I want to talk about one item… the Recycle Bin?… Continue reading Optimize Your Virtual Desktop Recycle Bin

Feller’s Law on Virtual Desktop Optimizations


I've been spending time developing the Citrix recommendations for Windows 7 optimization and came to an interesting conclusion: many of these settings sounds good, but they don't really have much impact. I've now read two different studies on this: Ron Oglesby's assessment Project VRC's Deep Dive What have I learned? You will get minimal performance… Continue reading Feller’s Law on Virtual Desktop Optimizations

Screen savers and virtual desktops


If a tree falls in the forest and no one's around, does it make a sound? If a screen saver is running and no one is watching, does it matter? You can debate me on the first question, but the second one is a definite YES. You remember long ago when fancy screen savers were… Continue reading Screen savers and virtual desktops

Moving from a SMB Virtual Desktop Solution to Enterprise Scale


I recently got a great question on Facebook about when to add additional XenDesktop controllers and Provisioning services servers as the environment expands. As I'm long winded, I thought a blog entry makes more sense than a Facebook comment. First, your initial design should plan for the future. I recently had a customer conversation that… Continue reading Moving from a SMB Virtual Desktop Solution to Enterprise Scale

Operations is the bane of desktop management


Many believe that virtual desktops are the gateway to easier desktop deployment. They are until a certain period of time passes when you realize you still must maintain your desktops. The goal of many virtual desktop implementations is to reduce the number of desktop images that must be maintained. Recently, I've had quite a few… Continue reading Operations is the bane of desktop management

Virtual Desktop Mistakes Conclusion


The virtual desktop top 10 list is complete! Of course there are numerous things people can do to mess up their environment, but the 10 discussed are probably the 10 most critical. If you get them wrong, you will struggle to survive. But the list doesn't end there. My colleagues (Tarkan Koçoglu, Nicholas Rintalan and… Continue reading Virtual Desktop Mistakes Conclusion

Virtual Desktop Bandwidth – Revisited


Back in May 2010, I started my Top 10 Mistakes Made with Virtual Desktops. I talked about how much bandwidth certain activities require when using XenDesktop and HDX. The table I provided is great, but it does pose the question, "What does a person do with this information?" Since then, I've been able to spend… Continue reading Virtual Desktop Bandwidth – Revisited