Tag: VDI

VMworld 2017: Architecting Horizon 7 & Apps

Session: ADV1588BU Note: This session had a multitude of complex architecture diagrams which I did not capture. See the session slide deck, after VMworld, for all the details. Why? -Business objective/drivers How? Meet requirements What? Design and build Deliver Build and integrate Validate Met requirements? Design Steps Business drivers &...

VMworld 2014: Re-imaging VDI for Next-Gen Desktops

Session EUC2551 VDI 1.0 challenges: Storage cost and performance; 3D Graphics; Application management; Provisioning: All adds up to a frustrating experience Broad Goals for Next Gen VDI Efficient use of infrastructure - just in time desktops w/ zero copy architecture - Building at the point of demand Improved flexibility- user...

VMware OS Optimization Tool Updated

Quite a while ago VMware released a VDI optimization tool that was aimed at Windows 7 use cases. This optimization tool tweaked a lot of settings to help reduce IOPS in a VDI environment. It was quite handy, and I used it for my VDI deployments. Now VMware has updated the tool...

XenDesktop 7 Pt 10: Application Delivery Group

XenDesktop 7 Pt 10: Application Delivery Group

And here we are....the last step to publish "XenApp" applications to the Citrix receiver and ultimately your users. This installment creates and application delivery group for the XenDesktop 7 applications that we've installed on our Windows Server 2012 server. Once you create and customize this group, users can refresh their...

XenDesktop 7 Pt 9: Server Machine Catalog

XenDesktop 7 Pt 9: Server Machine Catalog

Creating a XenDesktop Machine Catalog for server-class operating systems in XenDesktop 7 is virtually the same process as creating one for a dedicated desktop OS. A machine catalog is a grouping of similar "XenApp" servers, and if you were using MCS or PVS, you'd provision several at once and group them....

XenDesktop 7 Pt 8: Install Server VDA

XenDesktop 7 Pt 8: Install Server VDA

Citrix radically changed the "XenApp" 7 architecture in XenDesktop 7. Gone is the massive complexity, many consoles, and lengthy configuration times. I don't have much XenApp experience, but the consoles I've seen of prior versions seemed mind bogglingly complex. Two major themes of XenDesktop 7 is simplification and unification. The "Application" portion of XenDesktop...

XenDesktop 7 Pt 7: Citrix Receiver Config

XenDesktop 7 Pt 7: Citrix Receiver Config

Now that we've completed the first six parts of this series to configure the XenDesktop 7 back-end services, it's now time to use Citrix Receiver v14 and connect to our new VDI infrastructure. This is super easy, and the most fun part! Unlike previous versions of the Citrix Receiver, there is...

XenDesktop 7 Pt 6: Create a Delivery Group

XenDesktop 7 Pt 6: Create a Delivery Group

In the first five parts of this series on XenDesktop 7 we've done everything needed to complete the last step, which is creating a XenDesktop 7 Delivery Group. This enables users, or groups of users, to access their desktop or applications. Delivery groups are where you can target various user...

XenDesktop 7 Pt 5: Configuring Citrix StoreFront

XenDesktop 7 Pt 5: Configuring Citrix StoreFront

One of the last steps to configure XenDesktop is to setup Citrix StoreFront. What is StoreFront? StoreFront is basically the web tier in a three tiered architecture (StoreFront, Desktop Controller, SQL database). It's more than just a pretty face. Citrix Receiver directly talks to StoreFront, even if you never use...

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