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  • What it takes to make zero clients add up

    This chapter looks at the major considerations in making a final decision on whether to move an organization's desktops to zero clients. Cost, return on investment and vendor choice are among the most essential factors to be weighed. The chapter also... 

  • Find the best route to deliver application virtualization

    IT no longer needs to deliver full desktops to users; instead, most users require access to only certain applications. So, IT needs to determine the best way to deliver those apps, and application virtualization is one option. This IT handbook will c... 

  • More than nothing, a zero client simplifies the desktop

    This chapter provides a detailed examination of what zero clients are, how they work, what their primary benefits might be and where their key limitations are to be found. An important part of this chapter’s discussion is how zero clients differ from... 

  • Zero-client computing

    The zero-client computing e-book series delves into essential aspects of how virtual desktop services can be provided with as little configuration as possible. Many vendors sell zero clients that do not in fact require zero configuration, so definiti... 

  • About to buy guide: Thin clients

    This chapter takes a look at thin clients and zero clients, lightweight devices that could help organizations offset the expenses and management burdens of desktop virtualization. Features such as energy consumption, new devices vs. existing ones, an... 

  • DaaS vs. desktop virtualization: Pros and cons to consider

    Consumerization and mobile computing have pushed IT to look for desktop solutions that can enable worker mobility and allow on-demand access to critical applications. With the rise of cloud computing, however, hosted desktop services have emerged as ... 

  • VMware Horizon Mirage

    VMware Horizon Mirage is a desktop management tool that centrally manages physical and virtual desktop images. 

  • ImageX

    ImageX is a command-line tool that allows an administrator to capture an image of an entire hard disk drive and its files and folders in a single Windows Imaging Format (WIM) file.   

  • Liquidware Labs ProfileUnity

    Liquidware Labs Inc.'s ProfileUnity is a centralized user environment management tool used to manage virtual or physical Windows desktops. 

  • micro-virtualization

    Micro-virtualization is technology that abstracts applications and sub-processes from hardware and runs them in isolated environments. 

  • Microsoft UE-V (User Experience Virtualization)

    Microsoft User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) is a virtualization tool that enables users to move from one Windows device to another and keep the same operating system (OS) and applications settings.  

  • MDOP 2012 (Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack 2012)

    MDOP 2012 (Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack 2012) provides system administrators with a suite of utilities that allow them to perform emergency recovery and management of Group Policies and BitLocker, as well as to manage desktop and application v... 

  • Remote Desktop Services (RDS)

    Remote Desktop Services (RDS) is an umbrella term for several specific features of Microsoft Windows Server that allow users to remotely access graphical desktops and Windows applications. 

  • desktop virtualization

    Desktop virtualization is the concept of isolating a logical operating system instance from the client that is used to access it. 

  • Citrix XenApp

    Citrix XenApp is a product that extends Microsoft Remote Desktop Session Host desktop sessions and applications to users via the Citrix HDX protocol. 

  • Citrix XenClient

    Citrix XenClient is a Type 1 (or bare metal) client hypervisor from software provider Citrix Systems. 

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  • Quick recap: BriForum 2012 taps into mobile topics

    Gabe Knuth has the juicy details from BriForum 2012 Chicago, including desktop virtualization and the new kid on the block, the consumerization of IT. 

  • VDI storage tips and tools

    In this podcast, TechTarget editor Bridget Botelho and IT expert Todd Knapp discuss the current state of virtual desktop storage tools, why organizations should use them and more. 

  • Citrix's free remote desktop management app for iPad hits iTunes

    In this podcast, interviews Citrix Online Services CTO on the new GoToManage application for iPad for remote desktop management. 

  • BriForum 2011 Chicago

    In this video, Brian Madden and Gabe Knuth run through what's happening at BriForum 2011 this week and discuss some desktop virtualization trends, such as cloud-hosted VDI and client hypervisors. 

  • Brian Madden and Gabe Knuth's 2010 year in review

    A lot of people predicted that 2010 would be a big year for desktop virtualization. Independent experts Brian Madden and Gabe Knuth review the hits and misses in the year's trends. 

About Virtual desktop software and vendors

Can the virtual desktop tools and technologies from Microsoft, Citrix, VMware and other vendors provide performance and management benefits targeted at the special considerations of virtual desktop deployments? This section covers their attempts to improve performance of these new technologies. Read our news, learning content and expert technical advice to see whether the latest software can satisfy your users' requirements for virtual desktop environments.