login vsi company logo login vsi company logo 250x40

 

Avoid VDI problems. Test with Login VSI.

Learn how our industry-standard software solutions can benefit your business

Learn more about our products

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.

“As long as source and target computers were identical”... There’s the catch! Having the exact same hardware everywhere in your organization is challenging, if not impossible. So, we ended up having at least one image per hardware type.

Note: Not taking different software configuration into account here.

Keeping up with changes in your VDI environment

Fast forward to 2016. Hardware virtualization has more or less solved the problem of identical hardware in the datacentre. Virtual machines are identical which paved the way for image based deployments systems.

In VDI, new virtual machines are created by cloning images one way or another. No matter whether you’re cloning your images in-memory, adding new layers of applications on the fly or even if you are streaming the operating system, it’s all image based.

OS deployment in VDI is no longer a problem! Or is it?

Actually, VDI is not about deploying virtual hardware to end users. It’s about providing a workspace, it’s about applications and it’s about delivering a great end user experience wherever they may be.

During the past 20 years we’ve seen a tremendous growth in the number of users, applications, and changes. Simply keeping track of your images and keeping up with their updates is becoming more and more challenging. And with the arrival of Windows as a Service (Windows 10), things are only going to accelerate. And with that, the challenges of managing images remain more or less the same.

the real challenges of image management image management with login am

Image Management with Login AM

So, what challenges are we talking about?

  • Simply keeping your images up-to-date with the latest Microsoft updates can be very time consuming.
  • Reliably rebuilding images in case of failure or as part of a disaster recovery is almost impossible.
  • Just-in-time configuration after the image was booted for the first time.
  • Supporting IT management tools like virus scanners and monitoring agents.
  • Detailed documentation of all configuration settings is outdated before the virtual ink is dry.
  • Adding, removing, updating applications or completely recomposing your images.
  • Sheer number of configuration, performance tuning and best practices settings to keep track of.
  • Windows policy settings that need to be ‘in’ the image.
  • What application is used in which image? And what applications does this image contain?

In another post, my colleague Sonny Puijk will take you through some of the things we do with our Image Management solution to take the sting out of regular image maintenance.

Finally, I’d like to reference this excellent article by Aaron Parker where he provides some insights into how often images are being updated and the pain that goes with it.

Tags: Login AM, Image Management

Popular Blogs

Login VSI Blog - Ongoing Effects CPU Flaws

The Ongoing Effects of Intel CPU Flaws

The Ongoing Effects of Intel CPU Flaws Over the last year, we’ve seen many Intel CPU hardware flaws come to light and when news first broke about Meltdown & Spectre there was a lot of panic: "should we patch?", "What’s the performance impact?", "Can we still rely on this hardware?" Continue Reading
Login VSI Blog - How-To Update, Protect Against RIDL, Fallout MDS Vulnerability

How-To: Update, Protect Against RIDL, Fallout MDS Vulnerability

RIDL & Fallout MDS vulnerabilities, impact on VDI performance & actions to take. FAQs we’re receiving & updates on performance tests executed to patch flaws Intel calls “Microarchitectural Data Sampling (M.D.S.)” aka: Rogue In-Flight Data Load (RIDL), Fallout, ZombieLoad & Store-to-Leak Forwarding. Continue Reading
Login VSI Blog - Teaser Image - A Practical Guide to VDI Change Management - Part 1

A Practical Guide to VDI Change Management

Part 1: IT Change Management in general The first in an 8-part series, this practical guide to VDI Change Management will guide you through the transformation of the IT department from a back-end function into a core competency for every modern organization. Continue Reading
Login VSI - Blog - Login PI Blog Teaser Image - Windows Virtual Desktop: How To Monitor User Experience With Login PI

Windows Virtual Desktop – How to Monitor User Experience?

Microsoft has just announced the public preview of their new Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) offering at Microsoft Ignite on Tour in Amsterdam today. For those of you who’ve not followed the rumors or the private beta, here’s the outline... Continue Reading
A Practical Guide To VDI Change Management, Part 3

A Practical Guide to VDI Change Management

Part 3: Change Accelerates with Windows 10 The third in an 8-part series, this practical guide to VDI Change Management gives you the low-down on the what, why and how of Windows 10 updates and changes Continue Reading
Login VSI Blog - Teaser Image - A Practical Guide to VDI Change Management - Part 2

A Practical Guide to VDI Change Management

Part 2: Why VDI is very sensitive to change The second in an 8-part series, this practical guide to VDI Change Management highlights the importance of effective Change Management. With all the complexities of VDI environments, any failure can severely impact your business. Continue Reading
Cookie Settings