- 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
At its annual Synergy conference, Citrix announced offline support for virtual desktops in its XenClient release candidate, but issues remain and the feature isn't for everyone.
- 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 07, 2010
Citrix will show a release candidate of its Xen-based client hypervisor at its annual conference next week, but XenClient and IT departments aren't quite ready.
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- 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.
- May 04, 2010
The top desktop virtualization vendors plan to make VMs behave more like traditional PCs. VMware will add offline support in View 4.5, and Citrix will debut its client hypervisor.
- April 27, 2010
Although virtual desktop infrastructure supposedly tightens security, it can in fact let unpredictable users harm data center security.
- April 21, 2010
Now that organizations are beginning to move to Windows 7, they'll have to consider application compatibility. Terminal Services and virtual desktop infrastructure can help.
- April 14, 2010
After a wave of acquisitions, Symantec was quiet about desktop virtualization. It's interested in managing and securing desktops, but is that approach better than VMware's?
- April 06, 2010
Desktop virtualization projects require changes in job functions and collaboration between teams. Frankly, that just freaks out some people.
- April 02, 2010
Microsoft MED-V solves the problem of incompatibility between legacy applications and newer versions of Windows.
- 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 10, 2010
Citrix's screenshot of an iPad with Windows 7 could be a sign of things to come. See how the new device could change desktop virtualization.
- 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 23, 2010
IT vendors have heard customer complaints about the limitations of thin-client computing. A variety of processing options have emerged -- balancing "thick" and thin-client devices.
- 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.
- February 11, 2010
Better technology has sparked vigorous virtual desktop proof-of-concept activity. But will trial spur adoption? Gartner predicts end-user uptake to reach 5 million this year.
- February 09, 2010
New virtualization technologies are bringing Apple's iPhone App Store concept to the enterprise. But is it a good idea?
- February 03, 2010
If you buy a retail version of Windows, you don't need Microsoft's Virtual Enterprise Centralized Desktop license -- but VECD provides advantages for virtualized environments.
- 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 25, 2010
Your choice of desktop virtualization product should depend on your environment. Two IT pros discuss how they decided on virtual desktop products
- 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 22, 2009
End users won't accept virtual desktops unless they can be personalized. Here's how two IT pros handled the problem.
- December 21, 2009
There are many companies that sell tools for virtual desktops. Citrix, VMware and Microsoft are not your only options.
- December 16, 2009
Virtual desktop infrastructures can include iPhones and Macs in addition to Windows systems. Learn about virtualization products that you can use if you're asked to support them.
- 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 25, 2009
In the spirit of the holiday, gorge yourself on this virtual desktop infrastructure recipe. But you'll need to mix and match ingredients to suit your preferences.
- November 18, 2009
Even though client and server hypervisors are both classified as Type 1, they have different origins and needs. Learn why 2010 will be the year of bare-metal client hypervisors.
- 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 16, 2009
Citrix's Dazzle self-service interface for XenDesktop lets users choose the applications they need for online or offline use on any device without installing them locally.
- November 12, 2009
Among the big shots, which one gives the IT pro the most value in virtual desktop technology? Is it Citrix and XenDesktop or VMware View 4? See what the experts say.
- November 11, 2009
For the past year, VMware has been working on enhancing several virtual desktop features -- but only one of them was updated in View 4.
- November 09, 2009
VMware claims that it has lowered the overall cost of VDI. The company, however, did not cut the price of its licenses to do so.
- October 28, 2009
Although there's no consensus on how to define "cloud desktop," find out how different people think of clouds and desktops and how that affects their perspective on virtualization.
- 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 08, 2009
Windows expert Mark Russinovich describes uses for the new, free Sysinternals tool, Disk2vhd.
- 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
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
IT shops that upgrade to Windows Server 2008 R2 will get a bonus from Microsoft. The software vendor will include its application streaming technology in the license for free.
- 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.
- 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 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 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 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 01, 2009
Brian Madden kicks off his first column, now a weekly occurrence, by discussing the difference between server virtualization and desktop virtualization.
- March 03, 2009
Integration with Active Directory, improvements to terminal emulation and better RDP round out the goods.
- 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 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.
- August 14, 2006
When is application virtualization the way to go instead of thin-client computing? The two sound like they're trying to accomplish the same goal -- but naturally, they are far different approaches.
- April 05, 2005
With little fanfare, Microsoft has added a new feature in Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 that makes life easier for IT administrators dealing with printing issues using Windows Terminal Services. SearchWin2000.com recently conducted an e-mail ...