Sizing Windows 10 and Windows 7 Virtual Machines


After reviewing all of the scalability tests we conducted over the past few months, I thought it was time to revisit the recommendations for sizing Windows 10 virtual machines.  I also reached out to Nick Rintalan to see if this is in line with what is currently being recommended for production environments (if you disagree,… Continue reading Sizing Windows 10 and Windows 7 Virtual Machines

Microsoft Office 2016 Impact on XenDesktop Scalability


A day doesn't go by when I don't open up at least one Microsoft Office application.  Even on weekends, when I'm not working, I usually open at least one application. It should be of little surprise that Microsoft Office is one of the most used set of applications in many RDS/VDI deployments. But what impact… Continue reading Microsoft Office 2016 Impact on XenDesktop Scalability

XenDesktop 7.7: Windows 7 vs Windows 10


Everyone loves a good battle The Simpsons vs Family Guy Kirk vs Picard Star Wars vs Star Trek Microsoft vs Apple And now, we have one more, which will be a big debate for 2016… Windows 7 vs Windows 10 Over the last couple of weeks, I've been sharing some of our single server scalability… Continue reading XenDesktop 7.7: Windows 7 vs Windows 10

XenDesktop 7.7 and Windows 7


We recently completed a massive round of testing looking at many of the different deployment configurations we can do with a Windows 7 desktop in XenDesktop 7.7. We wanted to look at how different factors might impact single server scalability. PVS vs MCS PVS Disk Cache vs RAM Cache Citrix Policies: Very High Definition vs… Continue reading XenDesktop 7.7 and Windows 7

Hello, DNA


I love seeing crazy comparisons and statistics, especially if it has anything to do with science Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) If laid out end-to-end, all DNA within your body would go from the Earth to Pluto and back to the Earth (too bad Pluto is not a planet anymore.) Humans share 99% of their DNA with everyone… Continue reading Hello, DNA

Virtual Desktop Resources: Then and Now


Two years ago, I wrote a blog called "Lessons Learned with vCPU allocation". This was still fairly early in the world of virtual desktops. But with numerous successful projects, we were able to start generating sizing estimates for virtual desktops. We talked about how many vCPUs we should allocate, how many users we expect to… Continue reading Virtual Desktop Resources: Then and Now

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… Continue reading Application compatibility with Windows 7

XenDesktop Design Handbook – No Registration Required


A few months ago we released the XenDesktop Design Handbook that contained a collection of reference designs, implementation guides and planning guides. When it was initially released, it had a few items. Over the past couple of months we have included additional items like Bandwidth planning Windows 7 optimization guide VM resource allocation SMB reference… Continue reading XenDesktop Design Handbook – No Registration Required

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

VDI Resource Allocation


I have seen a lot of scalability reports lately around desktop virtualization. This is good in that we can start to see how the different things we do can provide better capacity. However, one thing that does trouble me is when I see tests only allocating 512 or 768MB of RAM to a Windows 7… Continue reading VDI Resource Allocation