Friday, July 02, 2010

Client Virtualization Strategy

I have been thinking lately about how to virtualize our client base to make them more manageable and flexible while making them more reliable at the same time. I was looking at various VDI and application virtualization solutions but needed a big picture to present to our management to show a complete solution.

For licensing and simplicity reasons, I was leaning toward the Microsoft virtualization stack with Terminal Server, Virtual Desktop, and App-V. After a bit of looking, I found a great whitepaper at
http://download.microsoft.com/download/7/D/3/7D344C3E-6E27-44B1-B911-C144AF93999C/MicrosoftClientVirtualizationStrategyWhitePaper.pdf
This whitepaper provides a high-level overview of the various technologies needed, how they work together, and the benefits of the solution.


A few other links:
MS App-V Trial Guide: http://download.microsoft.com/download/f/7/8/f784a197-73be-48ff-83da-4102c05a6d44/MSAppVirt45Trial_Guide_Final.docx
Remote Desktop in 2008 R2 (including VDI): http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd647502%28WS.10%29.aspx

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