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Finding a Better Way to Estimate IOPS for VDI

October 31, 2010

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Planning storage is probably the most difficult part of architecting any VDI solution and estimating IOPS is probably the most difficult part of planning the storage. For a little background on some of the discussions I have had around this topic, see my Saving IOPS with Provisioning Services blog and the associated comments. Since posting […]

Using Scalability Reports to Size VDI Deployments

September 3, 2010

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Lately, I have been getting questions around how to “size” a XenDesktop deployment. However, with the recent release of the Hyper-V / Windows 7 / XenDesktop whitepaper I thought it would be a good time to go over just a few points on how you can leverage the scalability reports that have been released by […]

Saving IOPS with Provisioning Services

August 6, 2010

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Sometimes the obvious is not quite as obvious to others as it is to you. Given my role as an architect I have spent countless hours looking at storage performance and the impact of it on Desktop Virtualization also known as VDI. It is my belief that storage performance is directly correlated with the user […]

Three Steps to a PXE-Free XenDesktop on Hyper-V

April 13, 2010

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I ran into an interesting situation last week while working with Tony Sanchez from our Global Microsoft Team. He was setting up XenDesktop 4 on Hyper-V 2008 R2. However, the lab he was at used a Windows Deployment Server (WDS) for image management and it relies extensively on PXE. Rather than modify the WDS to […]

Deploying XenDesktop without a SAN

April 8, 2010

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The Question Can XenDesktop be deployed without a SAN? A commonly asked question by customers in the small and medium business (SMB) arena which I recently decided to investigate. For those of my readers not familiar with Provisioning Services or XenDesktop, I will tell you it is possible using these technologies to stream a virtual […]

Do we need fault-tolerant servers to host desktops

March 17, 2010

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I have been wondering about the need for fault-tolerant architectures specifically with regard to the servers hosting the virtual desktops. I definitely believe the supporting infrastructure should be fault-tolerant, but what about the myriads of servers running just a hypervisor and hosted desktops? Here are my two premises: 1. Virtual desktop adoption right now is […]

Optimizing Windows 7 for FlexCast Delivery

January 15, 2010

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Introduction With the release of XenDesktop 4, Windows 7 is now a supported operating system for XenDesktop. Since Microsoft announced the end-of-life for Windows XP many institutions are considering moving their user population to Windows 7. Microsoft has built Windows 7 as a virtualization-aware operating systems and as such it is already optimized for such […]