Microsoft released the public beta for WVD (Windows Virtual Desktop). In our industry there are periodically game changers and this is one to watch. If you are considering a shift to VDI, O365, hosted cloud or are already using these solutions, you may be wondering how to start. Your organization may have already benefited from a long-term value-added solution through your on-prem VDI infrastructure and application virtualization to the end point. Even if … [Read more...] about Centrinet announces Windows Virtual Desktop Assessment!
Many months ago a few of my good friends and former associates at FSLOGIX were part of an acquisition by Microsoft. There was plenty of industry buzz about how they might fit FSLOGIX IP into the Microsoft master plan. Turn the page to today with Microsoft’s announcement of the public preview of WVD. Centrinet has been planning well in advance of the public preview of WVD. Those of you who know my industry background know that I’m deeply rooted in virtualization and UX. Being in … [Read more...] about Finally! The big news behind FSLogix and WVD!
Applies to: Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 Part III In Part II we saw how to deploy and publish a Windows 7 pooled virtual desktop. Now let’s take a look at the steps needed in making a change or update to our image and making it available to users. To recap our environment, we have a Windows 7 pooled desktop collection available to our users. This was created from our master virtual machine called Win7master. Part of the process needed when we created our collection was to run sysprep on … [Read more...] about Part III – Updating a Pooled Desktop Image
Applies to: Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 Part II Now with our RD Virtualization Host deployed as per Part I of deploying VDI for RDS 2012, we are ready to publish a Windows 7 pooled VDI desktop. This section will cover the deployment of a pooled desktop and the options available when deploying the desktop. The first thing we will need is a Windows 7 virtual machine. I've pre-created this machine along with some applications installed on the image. Once you are done installing applications … [Read more...] about Part II – Publishing a Windows 7 Pooled Desktop
Applies to: Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 In previous articles, we looked at the deployment steps of a traditional form of Remote Desktop Services (RDS) for 2012 and 2012 R2. Now let’s take a look at the setup of VDI for a 2012 RDS farm. This will be broken down into three parts. In this first part, we will go through the process of deploying the RD Virtualization Host role to a single Hyper-V server in an existing 2012 RDS farm. Then in the second part, we will go through the process of … [Read more...] about Part I – Deploying VDI for RDS 2012 / 2012R2
Software Defined Storage (SDS) has been a hot topic for the year of 2014 so far. What is software defined storage? It is a storage infrastructure that is managed and automated by intelligent software as opposed to the storage hardware. The main benefits of software defined storage over traditional storage are flexibility, automated management, and cost efficiency. Below, I introduce you to the major players in the software defined storage space and I have listed the requirements needed to use … [Read more...] about Hot Topic for 2014: Software Defined Storage
Applies to: Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 For any RDS farm, there is a very good chance users will be accessing the farm from a remote location outside of the corporate network. When doing so, it is critical to secure their connection, especially when corporate data is being accessed. In order to secure a user’s connection into a RDS farm, a RD Gateway server will be required. The RD Gateway enables authorized remote users to connect to resources in an internal corporate or private network, … [Read more...] about Deploying the RD Gateway Service Role in a 2012 / 2012 R2 RDS Farm