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

More articles on Citrix RemotePC

I’m a huge fan of RemotePC, not because it’s a Citrix product (some people think I’m biased…I’m pro-solution!) but because it is an extremely easy to implement technology that enables mobility without a major investment or architecture change to desktop/application delivery tools. I’ve written about this previously on What Would Dan Do. You don’t even