Mid-year review: Top 10 virtual desktop tips

Check out the most viewed virtual desktop tips of the year, so far, from planning your cloud environment to how to match virtual desktops to your users' needs.

Check out the most viewed desktop virtualization tips of the year (so far) to find out what your peers are rea

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Get advice on planning your cloud environment, take a closer look at Microsoft's application virtualization tool and see why you should deploy a virtual desktop now.

10. Enterprise cloud computing concerns in the planning phase
Not all applications will run well in a cloud environment. Usage, security and other issues matter when planning an enterprise cloud computing architecture.

9. Windows Server 2008 R2's Remote Desktop Services top new features
Windows Server 2008 R2's Remote Desktop Services offers new features, such as Fair Share CPU Scheduling and PowerShell management, that will have you clamoring for R2's DVDs.

8. Microsoft's application virtualization tool: A closer look
Microsoft's latest desktop virtualization tool, MED-V 1.0, is a comprehensive desktop virtualization platform that enables enterprise management.

7. Five questions to ask when planning a cloud architecture
The cloud computing model and its relationship to virtual desktops is relatively vague, partly because both computing concepts are new, and partly because they are both very flexible. To ensure success, ask yourself these critical questions.

6. How to determine your virtual machine per-core ratio
Not sure how many virtual machines can fit on your core server? This tip provides industry standards, real-world examples and a sample equation to help you determine the correct solution for your business.

5. Four desktop virtualization vendors you don't know, but should
Brian Madden explores four of the lesser-known, smaller vendors in the desktop virtualization space that you may not know, but should.

4. Free virtual desktop competes with VMware, Microsoft
Open Source VirtualBox has been grabbing hold of the desktop virtualization market. The virtual desktop software has powerful features, is easy to use and it's free, which makes it a viable alternative to VMware and Microsoft.

3.  Four good reasons to deploy virtual desktops now
Pulling together a virtual desktop environment may not be easy but the benefits—including reduced costs and improved security – could be worth the effort.

2. Understanding cloud computing architecture models
There is no single model for cloud computing; therefore, it's best to view cloud architecture as a set of approaches. This tip explains some cloud computing architectures in development and shows how they'll work in your enterprise.

1. Matching virtual desktop technologies to your users' needs
When considering virtual desktop technologies for your business, your ultimate challenge is to provide the best possible work environment for your users, while also meeting corporate and regulatory requirements. Surveying users is one way to ensure a smooth transition.

This was first published in September 2009

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