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  • Compare two top workspace management suites

    AppSense and RES Software started out creating virtual desktop management products. Both vendors now offer well-rounded workspace management suites, but with slightly different areas of focus.

  • How to prepare the help desk for VDI

    Help desk workers will get lots of user questions about their virtual desktops, so it's essential that staff know the ins and outs of VDI, including how connectivity works.

  • Compare the best uses for VMware ThinApp and App Volumes

    VMware has two app virtualization tools, but organizations don't need to choose one or the other. Using App Volumes and ThinApp together gives IT departments plenty of app delivery options.

  • HTML5 clients provide a versatile VDI option

    Although HTML5 clients don't provide enough security for some organizations, they're one of the easiest and most widely available options for delivering remote desktops to employees.


  • 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.

  • Don't overlook IP address consumption

    Virtual environments use at least twice as a many IP addresses as physical ones because each desktop and endpoint used to access it need their own addresses. Luckily, IPAM tools can help you keep t...

  • Support task workers with Horizon 6 RDSH

    VMware has long supported RDSH, but not well. In Horizon 6, RDSH can use PCoIP and you can use it to deliver sessions and applications to task workers.

  • Will Microsoft's VDI licensing changes hurt SMBs?

    Per-user SA licensing doesn't make doing VDI or DaaS any easier for SMBs: There's still no SPLA for Windows client OSes, and the licensing changes benefit only large shops.

  • Per-user licensing isn't all it's cracked up to be

    The per-user licensing model for SA applies only to Windows 8.1 Enterprise, which you can upgrade to from only certain versions of Windows. The perk is also available only to companies with 250+ se...

  • How Horizon 6 RDSH works

    VMware finally has a way to get remote applications to users with RDSH in Horizon 6, but it comes sans simplified access and installation management for hosts.

  • Five facts about DaaS

    In the classic 1950 film noir 'Sunset Boulevard,' Gloria Swanson opined, 'I'm ready for my close-up.' Now, so is DaaS, and there are some things you might not know -- like that the CIA uses AWS.

  • How to mix VDI and power users

    For a long time, it's been a fact of VDI that power users and VDI don't mix. But with advances in technology and a little planning, your power users could soon be booting up their persistent VMs.

  • How to deliver high-demand applications on virtual desktops

    Delivering high-demand applications on virtual desktops with good performance takes enough hardware and resources, plus some strategic moves like pre-booting VMs.

  • How cybercrime, disgruntled workers affect DaaS security

    DaaS has advantages, but don't discount cloud security concerns. Competitors, disgruntled employees and careless users can all put the data and desktops you host with DaaS providers at risk.

  • Can you trust your DaaS provider's IT staff?

    DaaS providers tout hosted desktops as more efficient and secure than traditional VDI, but cloud security concerns persist. Companies looking to do DaaS have to trust their provider's staff and bac...

  • How Citrix Workspace Services and Workspace Suite differ

    Citrix's Workspace Services and the Workspace Suite aren't one in the same. The Suite is a bundle of products and Workspace Services is a delivery platform and control plane.

  • Fast guide to VDI user profile management tools

    You can manage profiles with Active Directory or the tools built into your VDI software, but third-party options from AppSense, RES software and Liquidware Labs offer more features and can reduce s...

  • Networks are tier 0 when it comes to VDI

    For VDI sessions to work well, the network has to be fast. Advancements in WAN links, Wi-Fi and 4G, plus the continued spread of reliable networks over the world, are making it easier for workers t...

  • How hybrid storage systems can save VDI deployments

    To deal with boot storms and other times of peak demand, your first instinct might be to over-provision resources, but there's a better way. A hybrid storage system is often cheaper and gives bette...