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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 […]

Selecting a XenDesktop Logoff Behavior

November 2, 2009

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I wanted to take a moment and provide some thoughts around selecting the correct logoff behavior for your XenDesktop environment. When working with a pooled desktop environment, the administrator can choose between restarting the virtual desktop at logoff and doing nothing. Below is a screen shot of the two settings I am referring to for a pooled […]