Virtual desktop management
- August 05, 2011
Virtual Computer's chief discusses client hypervisors, industry trends, server-based VDI and why Microsoft, Intel and Lenovo support client virtualization.
- August 03, 2011
Citrix's User Profile Manager and Microsoft's Roaming Profiles are both long in the tooth and in dire need of a refresh. An acquisition could be near.
- July 29, 2011
VMware reduced the bandwidth required for PCoIP in View 5, but IT pros still want the company to address some remote protocol performance issues.
- July 19, 2011
The source of VDI performance problems can be tough to isolate. Here are some VDI monitoring tools available that give granular views into issues with back-end components.
- June 29, 2011
VMware and Citrix VDI only go so far. IT pros must add user profile layers, application layers and more to create a true desktop experience through virtualization.
- June 24, 2011
VDI frees IT from PC management issues and costs. It also undermines Microsoft’s Windows PC business and Intel CPU sales. Why should they support VDI?
- March 17, 2011
Two college CIOs explain that when used in the right situations, and with proper planning, VDI does deliver on its promise of easier management, flexibility and efficiency.
- March 09, 2011
Some virtual desktop products integrate with enterprise management suites, but most VDI relies on its own consoles. Is that so bad?
- November 18, 2010
Microsoft won't support virtualizing IE even with its own App-V tool and recently irked developers by stopping one application virtualization company from offering IE on the Web.
- October 27, 2010
IT managers asked for the improvements, but the upgrade to Citrix's new management architecture in XenDesktop 5.0 is a whopper and may require starting over.
- October 20, 2010
Even if you're not planning for desktop virtualization right now, here's what you can do to be ready as you roll out Windows 7.
- October 12, 2010
For enterprises, virtual desktop technology still needs a lot of work before widespread adoption is possible. IT shops want less complexity and lower cost.
- September 29, 2010
Struggling to describe desktop virtualization to your mother, spouse or boss? Don't fret. This primer can help you explain why the technology exists to just about anyone.
- September 01, 2010
IT shops don't need vendors to be agnostic about hypervisor management; they want them to be indifferent to hypervisors and design management tools that work well with any of them.
- August 25, 2010
Most analyses of Intel's plan to buy McAfee have focused on the financials rather than antivirus. But the acquisition could be good for desktop virtualization security.
- August 11, 2010
Think you know what "desktop virtualization" means? Think again. Brian Madden defines five common -- but often misunderstood -- virtual desktop terms.
- July 30, 2010
When your multi-vendor virtual desktop installation resembles a VDI Frankenstein, it's hard to know who to call first.
- July 21, 2010
Although IT pros think their own slices of the industry are the hardest to deal with, virtual desktops may be more challenging than virtual servers.
- July 12, 2010
Small companies sell innovation, but they are often gobbled up by market leaders. IT pros share some defensive tips to guard against acquisition-related woes.
- July 07, 2010
Microsoft RDP and Citrix ICA were once remote display protocols, but client software isn't dumb anymore, and RPP and HDX allow for partial "remoting" with some redirection.
- July 01, 2010
Microsoft activated its latest virtual desktop licensing plan on July 1. It may help Software Assurance customers, but plenty of scenarios remain unclear.
- June 30, 2010
Although Citrix XenDesktop and Quest vWorkspace support a range of hypervisors, VMware vSphere only works with ESX. Enterprises are right to be wary of being locked in.
- June 23, 2010
Windows 7 migrations and virtual desktop rollouts are big, disruptive projects that are best done together.
- June 17, 2010
Why do app virtualization and virtual desktop projects implode? Let us count the many ways. At BriForum, experts described and gave advice on how to avoid common traps.
- June 09, 2010
Brian Madden looks ahead to BriForum 2010 in Chicago, a vendor-neutral conference where IT workers can compare notes on desktop virtualization technologies and best practices.
- May 28, 2010
Thin-client vendors have added more capabilities to their hardware, making them smarter but harder to manage. Zero clients solve that problem, but they introduce others.
- May 26, 2010
As tempting as it is to just skip antivirus altogether in your VDI environment, that's just not realistic. Virtual machine security products are coming.
- May 20, 2010
Between VMware View 4 or Citrix XenDesktop 4, one is more fully baked than the other. But both are missing critical capabilities for production environments.
- May 19, 2010
At Citrix Synergy day two, major themes included how to justify a virtualization deployment, Windows 7 as a catalyst for virtual desktop adoption and more.
- May 18, 2010
One intrepid editor blended in with the crowd at Citrix Synergy. He found IT folks are ready move pilots to production, though hurdles remain.
- May 13, 2010
Among the Citrix faithful, virtual desktops are finally moving from the pilot stage into production.
- May 12, 2010
At Citrix Synergy this week, Brian Madden and Gabe Knuth will talk about 15 reasons desktop virtualization projects go down the tubes. Don't let this happen to you.
- May 05, 2010
Brian Madden has attended Citrix's annual user conference since it began in 1998. In this week's column, he gives a sneak peek into the sessions at the 2010 show.
- March 31, 2010
Feature Pack 1 for Citrix XenDesktop 4 -- released with XenApp 6 -- addresses several architectural issues that users have been waiting for.
- March 29, 2010
Microsoft's Virtual Desktop Access License is only for IT shops with Software Assurance. Windows desktop virtualization is still costly for many thin-client users.
- March 23, 2010
Microsoft and Citrix have sharpened their virtual desktop story and are ready to take down VMware. Who will win?
- March 19, 2010
IT shops with Software Assurance will find virtual desktop licensing more affordable, thanks to changes in Microsoft licensing.
- March 18, 2010
Microsoft and Citrix are offering free Microsoft VDI and XenDesktop licenses to IT shops that are willing to drop VMware View, but will the promotion work?
- March 18, 2010
By padding its feature set, revamping its licensing and designing promo deals with Citrix Systems, Microsoft shows it's serious about virtual desktops.
- March 17, 2010
Although initially reluctant, Microsoft has started to embrace virtual desktops. But it still has several challenges to overcome.
- March 10, 2010
Old Microsoft: "We hate virtual desktops." New Microsoft: "We've changed." Next week, the company will show Windows managers that it has more in store for virtual desktops.
- March 04, 2010
Desktop virtualization products such as Citrix's XenDesktop require a solid plan, close cooperation among teams and reasonable expectations. Anything less could spell trouble.
- March 03, 2010
Traditional administrators may feel desktop virtualization is not worth exploring. But these easily integrated desktop virtualization technologies can help you change their minds.
- February 24, 2010
Microsoft added features to App-V 4.6 and MED-V SP1 RC for migrating desktop apps to Windows 7, but Windows shops will want to test the application virtualization tools first.
- February 17, 2010
VMware's View 4.5 won't be out until later this year. But sources said the VDI software has better management and tighter integration with ThinApp.
- January 27, 2010
Microsoft's Software Assurance licensing program makes desktop virtualization too expensive for many IT shops. But the company said it will make changes in the per-device model.
- January 20, 2010
Microsoft requires Virtual Enterprise Centralized Desktop in addition to its base OS license. If you want to virtualize Windows desktops, be aware of VECD's uses and gotchas.
- January 13, 2010
Brian Madden predicts 2010 will be a calm year for desktop virtualization since technical challenges have been overcome, and all we need to do is implement it. But is he right?
- December 15, 2009
One IT director shares his experience installing VMware View 4 and offers some cost and time-saving tips.
- December 14, 2009
After a tough year, IT pundits are making predictions about spending in 2010.
- December 09, 2009
These five mistakes are guaranteed to anger your users and wreak havoc in your virtual desktop environment.
- December 02, 2009
As IT pros prepare for 2010, some basic virtual desktop skills are often overlooked. Get up to speed on three areas of knowledge for virtualizing Windows desktops.
- November 18, 2009
Delivering IT services on demand will be the biggest, toughest and most painful transition of all, says Citrix's Mark Templeton.
- November 04, 2009
You should consider Symantec and Quest Software's products for virtual desktop infrastructures along with those from Citrix, VMware and Microsoft.
- October 27, 2009
Experts ponder whether the hardware requirements of migrating from XP to Windows 7 will kick-start virtual desktop delivery.
- October 21, 2009
Citrix keeps per named user mode pricing but adds a VDI Edition of XenDesktop, partly in reaction to numerous complaints about its announced licensing plans.
- October 14, 2009
XenDesktop 4.0, which bundles desktop and server licensing, has a new pricing model that moves from concurrent to named licenses. But customers may not be happy with the cost.
- October 07, 2009
Citrix's updated desktop virtualization product, XenDesktop 4, features upgrades to HDX -- but what exactly is HDX?
- October 06, 2009
Citrix hopes to woo IT shops to virtual desktops by bundling XenApp with XenDesktop 4 and delivering desktops to more devices.
- October 01, 2009
Citrix partners and analysts say the company may combine XenApp and XenDesktop, lower costs and simplify licensing to drive desktop virtualization adoption.
- September 30, 2009
Desktop administrators used to be able to ignore user-installed apps, but the virtualization requires more formal strategies to properly secure networks.
- September 23, 2009
A recent virtualization survey shows desktop virtualization interest and deployments growing slowly, reined in by acquisition costs.
- September 23, 2009
Contrary to some beliefs, operating a desktop client device is desktop virtualization, and running copies of Windows locally on client devices has several big advantages.
- September 16, 2009
The complexity of virtual desktop infrastructures poses problems for printing. Now products from VMware, Citrix and Microsoft, as well as smaller vendors, can make printing easier.
- September 15, 2009
Licensing for desktop virtualization is still a problem for IT shops, especially when Microsoft products are involved.
- September 09, 2009
Virtual desktops promise to ease management woes but IT managers say they are still vexed by licensing issues, infrastructure needs and sundry hardware and software costs.
- September 02, 2009
VMware denied IT managers a chance to compare VMware products against those of Microsoft and Citrix at VMworld.
- August 31, 2009
Citrix HDX 3D for XenDesktop takes on one of the biggest obstacles for IT managers considering desktop virtualization deployment -- high-end graphics performance.
- August 28, 2009
Wyse Technology's new iPhone app PocketCloud enables IT administrators to access virtual desktops remotely through an Apple iPhone; and more.
- August 19, 2009
Microsoft's VDI suite is a collection of random products, most of which were not initially invented for VDI and somewhat complex to pull together into a cohesive solution.
- August 12, 2009
Desktop managers and server virtualization managers bring a different world view to the job of virtualizing desktops.
- August 05, 2009
If you're new to desktop virtualization, check out free demo videos of 27 vendors from this year's BriForum conference.
- July 29, 2009
By introducing too many desktop virtualization technologies you may end up creating more problems than you solve.
- July 22, 2009
IT shops want more efficient ways to deliver apps and manage end points. There are some promising technologies, but it's still early days and there is no clear vision on how to get the job done.
- July 21, 2009
Does Microsoft want enterprises to roll out new VDI Licenses or Remote Desktop Services?
- July 15, 2009
Microsoft and Citrix make are joining forces that pit their core technologies against VMware.
- July 01, 2009
There are two ways to run a virtual machine directly on a client device. Columnist Brian Madden sorts out how they might fit into each enterprise.
- June 17, 2009
VDI and WAN connections don't always mix. Fortunately, there are several proven ways to fix this issue.
- June 10, 2009
Microsoft is entering the VDI market with Windows Server 2008 R2. How will competitors like Citrix and VMware react?
- June 03, 2009
Do you know the difference between application virtualization, isolation and streaming? Find out in this week's column from Brian Madden.
- May 13, 2009
Desktop virtualization offers many advantages over traditional desktop computing. Find out how utilizing disk image sharing can help you save big with desktop virtualization.
- May 07, 2009
A year after the release of Citrix XenDesktop, virtual desktops are less of an oddity and instead are being included in more enterprise-strategic plans.
- May 06, 2009
Get to know and understand the four primary desktop virtualization vendors: Citrix, VMware, Symantec and Microsoft.
- May 05, 2009
At Synergy, Citrix announced Citrix Dazzle and Receiver, and also demoed XenClient, the bare metal client hypervisor code-named "Project Independence."
- May 01, 2009
By allowing virtualization of more Windows backend operations, RingCube hopes WVE 2.0 will woo IT shops into virtualizing more application types.
- April 28, 2009
When your desktop virtualization vendor says their solution saves you money, you have to figure out whether it's going to save on capital or operational expenses.
- April 22, 2009
Vendor spin aside, here are the real reasons we are talking about desktop virtualization today.
- April 15, 2009
Picking the right remote display protocol is an important part of every remote-hosted project, be it VDI or terminal server. Fortunately, there are many options.
- April 08, 2009
This week, Brian Madden lays out the categories of desktop virtualization and their differing qualities, including VDI, Terminal Server and OS streaming.
- April 08, 2009
IT shops with MDOP can now receive the Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization technology, formerly known as Kidaro.
- April 02, 2009
Gartner cut the number of virtual desktops expected in 2009. When deployments accelerate, delayed early adopters will pick up where they left off.
- April 01, 2009
Brian Madden kicks off his first column, now a weekly occurrence, by discussing the difference between server virtualization and desktop virtualization.
- March 09, 2009
Growing interest in virtual desktops should translate into more enterprise installations starting in 2010, shows an ongoing study of IT managers.
- February 24, 2009
IT managers will have a choice between VMware and Citrix when it comes to picking their Intel-supported client hypervisors.
- February 06, 2009
Hosted virtual desktops can consume storage capacity. New products and technologies have emerged that can dramatically cut storage requirements.
- February 04, 2009
Citrix adds HDX adaptive technology to bring a full PC experience to end users while offering IT managers a standard way to manage virtual machines.
- January 30, 2009
With the release of Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft will enhance the underlying protocols of Terminal Services and improve multimedia performance.
- January 28, 2009
Windows Server 2008 R2 will support VDI and Microsoft Terminal Services. Find out if consolidating virtualization technologies will simplify things or create problems.
- January 15, 2009
Virtual desktops are still a new idea to most IT shops. But Microsoft's MED-V is one more tool in the MDOP suite of software.