Tag Archive for VDI

The anatomy of a virtual desktop (Back to Basics)

anatomyBeing involved with the EUC space I get to talk about virtual desktops.. A lot. Sizing them is something that gets discussed a lot but what components do we actually need in a desktop? What is the anatomy of a desktop from a ‘physical’ perspective. Although it’s going back to basics I do think it’s good to take a step back every once in a while and reevaluate decisions.

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Nutanix .Next, announcements and my own experiences

About 2 weeks ago Nutanix held its very first .Next inaugural conference in Miami and as it has been a while since I last blogged so I thought it would be a good start to pick things up again and write about my own experiences and the announcements during the conference as it was my first conference where I could peak into the vendor side of a conference.

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Introducing: vGPU on vSphere, installation and troubleshooting tips

At Nutanix the last couple of days I’ve been invGPUvolved in the testing of the new vGPU features from vSphere 6 in combination with the new NVIDIA grid drivers so that vGPU would also be available for desktops delivered via Horizon 6 on vSphere 6.


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Testing the VMware OS Optimization Tool

VMware OS Optimization Tool

A couple of months ago VMware released a beta tool to help optimize your image for your VDI/RDS deployment, when you look at the VMware OS optimization tool it will report possible optimizations for your image and if needed it can execute the optimizations so you have an optimized image based on the recommendations from VMware.

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Microsoft and VDI; “Why Hyper-V for VDI whitepaper” and “Jump Start: Microsoft Virtualization & Hyper-V”

Microsoft is publishing a lot of information about Hyper-V and VDI, last week they did a three day “Jump Start: Microsoft Virtualization & Hyper-V” online event. There was a lot of information about the hypervisor, vm’s, user density, manageability and of course VDI.

The description from the Borntolearn page:

Corey Hynes and Symon Perriman are in the middle of a great day one to this Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professional Jump Start event. After providing a short Virtualization Overview and spending some time differentiating between Microsoft and VMware terminology, they started a great session on Hyper-V. After lunch, they’ll spend another hour on this topic then finish the day with almost two full hours on High-Availability & Clustering. The afternoon and the next two days will be packed with real-world scenarios and tons of demos

For the people who didn’t sit the whole session out, the content is published online here.

As addition Microsoft also released a white paper “Why Hyper-V for VDI”, the description for this whitepaper is stated as following:

Choosing a hypervisor for deploying a VDI solution involves a number of important considerations, each of which can be fulfilled by using Microsoft’s Hyper-V 2008 R2 SP1 hypervisor-based virtualization technology. When implemented together with the Microsoft System Center family of products and desktop virtualization technologies from partners like Citrix, organizations can build integrated VDI solutions that can meet the needs of your business while keeping costs under control.Based on the results obtained from internal testing and because VM density has a significant influence on datacenter cost structures; an integrated Citrix/Microsoft VDI solution that includes Microsoft Hyper-V 2008 R2 SP1 and System Center delivers unique end-to-end business value for organizations planning on implementing VDI.

The white paper can be found here.

Both sources contain great information about hypervisors (in general but of course about  Hyper-V),  manageability and  VDI. The documents also contain more information about scaling and user density which still is difficult ground to cover so these are useful documents.


Microsoft just posted the video’s online: http://bit.ly/MSVirt-JUMP