Essential Guide

Best practices guide: Making VDI deployment magic

With a few tricks up your sleeve, you can have a successful VDI rollout.

Introduction

It takes more than sleight of hand to make a VDI deployment go smoothly. Fortunately, there are lots of ways to ensure success: Pay attention to your applications, stagger your rollout and right-size your storage system, to name a few.

You may not be able to pull a rabbit out of a VDI server, but you can get on the right track with the resources in this guide. Plus, learn some tips from shops that have overcome some of the most common VDI deployment challenges.

1Start out right-

Best practices for VDI production deployment

So, you've assessed your organization's needs, planned a strategy to meet management and end-user requirements, and selected the right tools to suit your existing infrastructure. Now you're ready to deploy VDI, but how do you start?

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How to stagger a VDI rollout

Before you jump into a VDI production environment, begin with a proof of concept and make a plan to stagger your rollout -- starting with areas of the business that will benefit from virtual desktops the most. Continue Reading

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Transitioning from VDI pilot to production

Once your VDI pilot is ready for production, do some IOPS calculations to ensure that your storage can handle the full VDI load. To keep things in check throughout the deployment, get some monitoring software and keep tabs on user satisfaction. Continue Reading

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Ten steps to deployment success

Servers are the building blocks of your deployment, so make sure those are up to date and ready for the VDI workload. Plus, determine which remote display protocol is compatible with your environment and lock down the user endpoints. Continue Reading

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Don't forget to consider VDI applications

As you deploy VDI, you need to take the applications into account. How often will you need to update and patch apps once your VDI deployment is in place? How will the licensing of those apps work in the new environment? Continue Reading

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Tips for deploying VMware Horizon View

A good way to learn VDI best practices is to find out from those who've gone before you. See how one IT department rolled out VMware View and what that team learned about disaster recovery and monitoring options. Continue Reading

2Possible pitfalls-

Overcoming VDI deployment challenges

Of course, a VDI deployment is never without its hang-ups. You might run into bandwidth restrictions, low storage capacity or an inability to scale. Learn some ways to break down these VDI deployment challenges and set your strategy straight.

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Top reasons a VDI deployment fails

Some of the biggest reasons VDI fails is when administrators underestimate virtual desktop requirements, don't work as a team with networking and storage admins, or don't know why they're virtualizing in the first place. Continue Reading

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Why scaling up can break your deployment

When you implement a VDI pilot project, you probably deploy a few virtual desktops and simplify the underlying infrastructure. But when you move to production, you can hit the ceiling of supported users pretty quickly. The problem is that buying hardware for future growth can be expensive. Continue Reading

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Consider using converged infrastructure for VDI

Using a pre-bundled stack to host your virtual desktops can make it easier to scale the deployment when you need to. Plus, it provides simplicity for organizations that don't have the manpower to build a VDI environment from scratch. Continue Reading

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Watch out for VDI stall

Your desktop virtualization deployment can stall mid-step if you try to do too much at once. For instance, don't try to do an OS update or hypervisor switch at the same time you're implementing the new desktops. Continue Reading

3Videos-

How not to deploy VDI: Experts sound off

Watch and learn from experts who have hands-on experience with VDI so you can learn all the pitfalls that threaten your environment.

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Avoiding common deployment problems

One of the main reasons a desktop virtualization deployment stalls is if IT doesn't take the time to understand what the users want. If you're in tune with the user base, you'll be able to tell what applications they use most often and if those apps will transfer well to the virtual environment.

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Storage considerations for VDI

Planning for storage capacity is essential to deployment success. Learn how to calculate IOPS requirements and what options you have for storage systems in this video with Brian Madden.

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