Virtual Desktop Tips
  • There’s a wrong way to do DaaS

    If your DaaS deployment has a direct connection with the provider, you could have some of the same issues a branch would. But if you need to scale or breakdown siloes quickly, cloud-based desktops ...

  • Integrating VMware Workspace Portal with View

    VMware's Workspace Portal offers users a one stop shop to access hosted, virtual, Web and published applications. If you integrate it with View, they can access virtual desktops, too. Here's how.

  • Biggest complaints about VDI

    VDI isn't easy to stand up and deploy, and a lot of people have complaints about it: It's too complex, it costs too much, performance stinks and admins are hard to find.

  • Is VMware's Workspace Portal right for you?

    VMware Workspace Portal offers users one interface where they can access SaaS and published apps as well as data-center and cloud-hosted desktops. If your shop supports any of those, the portal cou...

Tips

  • Is your app virt tool a glorified management platform?

    The reasons you started virtualizing apps may not still hold true today. You have to migrate off Microsoft App-V 4.5 or 4.6 eventually, so now's the time to decide what you need from an app virt tool.

  • Deciding between DaaS and VDI

    Shops that only need to support a few virtual desktops, have transient desktop needs or lack the in-house expertise to do VDI are all good potential DaaS customers.

  • What's the difference between DaaS and VDI management?

    VDI management has a leg up on traditional desktop management, but things get even easier when you deliver virtual desktops to users from the cloud.

  • Where's your desktop? Defining VDI and DaaS

    Desktop hosting might mean deploying VDI in your data center, or it might mean throwing those desktops to the winds of the cloud.

  • Windows isn't the only option for DaaS

    A switch to cloud-hosted Linux-based desktops could help solve Windows licensing problems. Workers transitioned to smartphones and tablets; they can get used to Linux too.

  • Device, OS agnosticism pave the way for Linux

    With so many devices already based on Linux -- Android devices and Chromebooks, to name a few -- it makes sense for some companies to consider virtual and cloud-hosted Linux desktops. Windows appli...

  • Graphics acceleration options for virtual desktops

    With VDI, image rendering can suffer, but the world of graphics acceleration technology has changed. Options such as shared GPUs and GPU pass-through make it easier to deliver quality graphics to v...

  • Five tips for choosing VDI hardware

    Picking the right hardware for your VDI deployment is critical, but it doesn't have to be difficult. To start, check to see if your VDI software vendor has a list of compatible components.

  • Want to deploy cloud desktops? Get management on board

    If you want to get a cloud desktop project off the ground, you'll have to sell your superiors on the idea first. Remind them that DaaS can save money, improve security and put some control over des...

  • VDI disaster recovery options

    Having a DR plan in place is important, especially if you host virtual desktops. But how should you plan for VDI disaster recovery? Consider Hyper-V, Windows To Go, storage replication and offline ...

  • Comparing application refactoring tools

    Application refactoring could be the solution to delivering mouse-and-keyboard apps to mobile devices. Refactoring vendors all take different approaches, however, so it's important to know the diff...

  • Six considerations for free application virtualization software

    Free app virtualization software might sound great, but it can come with complications, and without features you might need. Ask yourself these six questions before choosing a product.

  • How to deploy VDI: Lessons learned from a virtual school

    Thought your high school days were over? Not so fast -- there's a lot the enterprise can learn from a virtual high school about how to deploy VDI technology.

  • Can tablets and smartphones be thin clients?

    The experience of using a mobile device as a thin client has improved and it's no longer out of the question, but some pain points remain, such as connectivity and text entry.

  • Using the cloud for VDI disaster recovery

    The cloud makes it possible for any business to have a strong VDI disaster recovery plan. You can choose to back up data by file, or you can back up the whole image.

  • DRaaS or DaaS for DR? You can have both

    DaaS providers offer a great way to do DR, and they often have DRaaS built in. When you find a vendor you can trust, it often makes sense to host desktops with them, too.

  • Which shops shouldn't do DaaS

    DaaS has appeal, but that doesn't mean it works for everyone. If you have bandwidth limitations or workers would suffer from poor performance, it might not be right for you.

  • Should you deliver VDI to mobile workers?

    Before you let mobile workers use their tablets and smartphones to access virtual desktops and applications, consider the kinds of sessions you host, whether the UE will be any good and how many IP...

  • Using Citrix AppDNA to anticipate app compatibility

    The AppDNA tool from Citrix lets you find and solve application compatibility problems before they even happen. It also locates apps that need remediation.

  • Testing updates for virtual desktop images

    Deploying bad changes to desktop images can spell disaster for some organizations. That's why testing updates and being prepared to do a rollback are so important.