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Nonpersistent vs. persistent VDI showdown


Nonpersistent and persistent VDI are two different sides of the VDI story. It is up to IT to discover which deployment method is worth the read.

As far as VDI deployments go, nonpersistent and persistent VDI are fundamentally different approaches. Persistent VDI allows for a personalized user experience, providing a physical desktop feel with the flexibility of virtualization. Nonpersistent VDI removes the personalization by assigning a different, random desktop to users each time they sign in. No matter what a user does, his desktop resets to the master image when he logs out. Both sides of VDI have their pros and cons, so it really is about finding the right fit for certain users.

IT should start by getting to know the major differences between deploying VDI with nonpersistent vs. persistent desktops, the tools and hardware that work best and the key terminology.

1More to VDI than meets the eye-

Focus on two types of VDI deployments

There are many differences between nonpersistent and persistent VDI, but there are also similarities. It is up to IT to figure out exactly what users need and then meet those needs with the perfect match. IT must also fit cost, storage and infrastructure pieces into place. Don't get overwhelmed; start with the basics.


Get to know the VDI basics

The differences between nonpersistent and persistent VDI, such as storage and sharing, give IT professionals options when looking at VDI deployments. Continue Reading


A deeper look into the divide

Compare nonpersistent and persistent VDI in terms of security risks and customizability. Continue Reading


Weigh the pros and cons

The question of taking a nonpersistent vs. persistent desktop approach comes down to user needs. Explore the pros and cons of each method. Continue Reading


Moving from persistent VDI to nonpersistent

Moving from persistent VDI to a nonpersistent one should be done in steps. Keep in mind storage and cost when considering making the switch over to nonpersistent virtual desktops. Continue Reading


Look at storage for persistent and nonpersistent VDI

Uncover the differences between persistent VDI and nonpersistent VDI, how each approach affects storage and which method carries more advantages in terms of capacity and backup requirements. Continue Reading


Learn to manage VDI differently

Although users might prefer a persistent desktop that retains their settings and data, shared virtual desktops that reset after each session are much simpler for IT to manage. Continue Reading

2Keep desktops running smoothly-

Discover how to avoid VDI complications

Keep VDI in good shape by avoiding these common issues that can break down a deployment. From different types of licensing to VDI image hitches, IT pros should use these tips and management skills to improve their deployment.


Control VDI image bloating

To avoid an untenable number of images, IT pros need effective VDI image management tools and techniques. Application layering and virtualization can help. Continue Reading


Nonpersistent VDI image management

Skillful image management is crucial to a successful virtual desktop deployment. Find out the best ways to update and manage base images. Continue Reading


Master Office 365 VDI licensing

Office 365 licensing in nonpersistent and persistent VDI deployments appears complicated because the rules are different for per-user and per-device licensing. IT admins have nothing to fear thanks to Office ProPlus and Remote Desktop Services. Continue Reading


How to license Office 365 for nonpersistent VDI

Don't get stuck with Office 365 VDI licensing issues. Follow these steps to treat nonpersistent VDI similar to physical desktops that are per-device rather than per-user, and keep the deployment on track. Continue Reading

3Specialize in shared VDI-

Tools to customize nonpersistent VDI deployments

Some organizations lean away from using nonpersistent VDI because users lose the ability to customize their desktops, even when it is the best option financially. Now, IT admins don't have to worry as much about the roadblocks with nonpersistent VDI. Introduce personalization into nonpersistent deployments with user profile management and app layering.


App layering gets friendly with nonpersistent VDI

App layering allows users some level of customization in nonpersistent desktops by installing the apps on virtual disks separate from the OS. Continue Reading


Why layering VDI works

Layering gives users the opportunity to create personal virtual desktops and provides a backup plan for IT if users make mistakes. Continue Reading


Nonpersistent VDI profile management tools

Take a closer look at the user profile management tools on the market, and learn how they can help with nonpersistent VDI. Continue Reading


Top user profile management features

Discover five features that the best user profile management tools for VDI should come with, including scalability, contextual awareness and simple management. Continue Reading

4Terms to know-

Key terminology behind VDI

Use the glossary to find the major terms surrounding nonpersistent and persistent VDI deployments. Be a step ahead of the game.

5Pass the test-

A quizzical look at VDI deployments

It's all fun and games until somebody doesn't have the right VDI. But for now, it really is all fun and games. Take this quiz to see how your nonpersistent and persistent VDI knowledge stacks up.

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