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VDI Reference Architecture Monthly – October 2016

VDI Reference Architecture Monthly – October 2016

Dell Precision Appliance for Wyse - VMware Horizon 7.0 with NVIDIA M10 Test Results

by Dell Wyse Solution Engineering

Summary

Looks like DELL has released an update to their hyper-converged Precision Appliance for Wyse to now include NVIDIA’s M10 GPU. Graphics rich experiences are becoming all the buzz lately and if you ask me, that is where I would want my desktop VM to live because the benefits for the end-users are massive. Typically, GPUs are seen as the elixir to what has been commonly referred to as a “laggy” experience, which basically expresses the feeling we have when there is time between a user action and the desktop (like clicking on the Start Menu in Windows) or seeing videos get all choppy.

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Testing is knowing: Test your VDI environment to prevent unwanted surprises

Testing is knowing: Test your VDI environment to prevent unwanted surprises

The other day I was talking to a customer who was having some issues that he couldn’t solve himself. Because I’ve come across similar issues in the past, I wanted to share this one with you all. The customer was trying to test the performance difference between their XenApp environment and their XenDesktop environment. They had already concluded testing on their XenApp environment using 3 workloads, namely the Task Worker workload, the Knowledge Worker workload and the Power Worker workload. Once the customer switched over to testing the XenDesktop environment they ran into issues.

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Automating your XenDesktop/XenApp deployment: Everything you need to know about the Delivery Controller

Automating your XenDesktop/XenApp deployment: Everything you need to know about the Delivery Controller

Our community is constantly growing. One of the great things about that is the fact that you get to talk to a lot of different people. After a while you start noticing certain trends. One thing I recently noticed is that there is a lot of confusion when it comes to deploying a virtualized desktop environment. So, I think it’s time to get technical and clarify a few important things you need to know when, for example, automating a Citrix XenDesktop/XenApp environment. There are many pieces involved in deploying Citrix XenDesktop/XenApp for your company. For simplification purposes while discussing automation, let’s focus on a single feature of a Citrix deployment- the Delivery Controller.

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Is Amazon WorkSpaces (AWS) like a cheap wine?

I chose a cheap wine at Amazon WorkSpaces (AWS)

For a while now Amazon offers Desktop as a Service (DaaS) in what they call WorkSpaces. I always wondered, how good do these desktops perform? At the moment of writing, I’ve been investigating the performance for a week. The whole user experience felt like choosing a cheap wine at the supermarket.

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Login AM makes Image Management easy

Login AM makes Image Management easy

Login AM was always a tool that focused on what we usually call "the inside of a virtual machine". It fully enables you to execute any changes on a machine but it always needed help from additional tooling to deploy the operating system. Now with the new Image Management feature we have the first feature that provides integration with a hypervisor to deploy and configure the virtual machine from start to end.

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The real challenges of Image Management

The real challenges of Image Management

Remember Ghost?

Imaging technologies date back to the nineties. Software called Ghost was used to create bit-by-bit copies of hard disk content from one computer to the next in a process called cloning. Cloning allowed for rapid enrolment of new computers in an organization. It worked beautifully and saved lots of time as long as source and target computers were identical.

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VDI Reference Architecture Monthly – September 2016

VDI Reference Architecture Monthly – September 2016

VMware Horizon 7 and VMware vSphere 6.0 with VCE VxRail 160 Appliance

by EMC Global Solutions Engineering and EMC End-user Computing

Summary

As I’ve come to expect, this 68-page reference architecture (RA) was very detailed. Not only did the document go through a number of different and relevant scenarios but it also includes clear details on best practices and design considerations, offering a great recipe for setting something like this up for yourself.  The focus of this document was on a relatively new hyper-converged platform from EMC and VMware called the VxRail, as well as a comparison between Windows 10 and Windows 7 desktop environments.

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Login PI: A lean and mean monitoring machine

Login PI: A lean and mean monitoring machine

The Login PI dev team has been hard at work for the last several months putting together a new release of Login PI, available now. We are constantly listening to customer feedback and looking for opportunities to improve our products and services. This results in products that enable customers to maximize the value of their VDI environments. In addition to stomping out a whole bunch of bugs, here are the key new features.

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What to expect from VMworld Barcelona 2016?

What to expect from VMworld Barcelona 2016?

VMware’s annual show VMworld was a great success recently in Las Vegas. If you did not have the opportunity to meet us there but you are heading out to VMworld Barcelona in next week, I have a few personal recommendations for you. Saving you some time wading through the session catalog. You should attend these sessions if you want to have a real VMworld party. Some of these sessions are filled almost to capacity, so make sure to claim your seat.

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