Moving the needle on VDI

Perhaps you heard that last year, or the year before that, or the year before that…that it was going to be the “year of VDI”. The saying has become a joke among those in the desktop virtualization space. The high expectations of analysts, consultants, or the vendors who pimp their products has never reached theĀ broad

Local Storage and Desktop Virtualization

Why are so many people unwilling to challenge traditional buying patterns and instead use critical thinking to solve problems? First a joke…but one that I see all to often and not just related to this discussion but in all areas of life. Start with 5 monkeys locked in a cage. Hang a banana from the

The vSphere CPU Scheduler and VDI part 2

Today I saw that an updated version of a VMware whitepaper discussing the CPU scheduler in VMware ESX/vSphere was published, The CPU Scheduler in VMware vSphere 5.1. I have used the previous whitepaper written for ESX 4.1 in a few presentations I’ve given and I frequently reference it when discussing VDI/Server Hosted Virtual Desktop solutions

Launching Citrix Receiver subscribed apps using OS X Spotlight

If you are using a Mac and Citrix Receiver with Citrix CloudGateway Express/Enterprise and have subscribed to applications you will notice that these applications have a file placeholder in the directory ~/Users/username/Applications/ What this does is it allows Spotlight to index the files and then make them available to Spotlight or any other quick launch

Commonly forgotten upgrade component, the Clients!

I work with many customers in the course of my job on Citrix upgrade projects. Common scenario, Presentation Server 4.5 to XenApp 6.5 upgrade. One thing I see often overlooked by the customer in their planning (beside app compatibility with Windows 2008 R2) is the clients that are connecting to this infrastructure. In typical server

Windows 2008 R2 1-to-1 via XenDesktop

What many enterprises may not be aware of is that Citrix offers Windows 2008 R2 desktops on a 1-to-1 basis instead of Windows 7 desktops as an option for Citrix Service Providers. This feature was introduced with the Citrix Cloud Provider Pack back in March of 2012 and was featured in a blog post recently

Use memory for Citrix Provisioning Services cache location

With a new generation of server hardware hitting the market I think it’s time to revisit this topic. First some background. Provisioning Services in conjunction with Citrix XenApp allows us to create non-persistent XenApp worker nodes on demand, all of which are identical because they are streamed from a read-only image. This allows us to

VMware vSphere CBRC removes the need for Citrix Provisioning Services

I know this will be a sensitive topic among some Citrix folks…but I personally dislike the product (Citrix Provisioning Services). I dislike it because it’s not the most straightforward product, it’s had its share of challenges (E1000, vmxnet3 for example), and even with n+1 Provisioning Servers I’ve still seen bugs that crash the stream service,

Reasons to do Desktop Virtualization

There seem to be no lack of reasons not to do Desktop Virtualization and plenty of people on twitter can be found daily shooting holes in the solutions that make up this category so I thought I’d be different and talk about the reasons I’ve seen that organizations take on Desktop Virtualization, whether that be