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Lab Ops – PowerShell 4 and PKI

In a Remote Desktop Services lab setup involving a gateway to allow connections to our virtual desktops over the internet  we are going to need to use an SSL certificate to secure traffic between the remote devices and the gateway.  Typically in the past we would have gone into a server running IIS and made… Read more

Microsoft VDA and Windows Embedded – A game changer for VDI?

If you are following me on Twitter then you may have noticed that a few of my friends are reviewing a book I am writing on VDI for PackT.  I wanted to write this up as a one shop stop on all you needed to know about implementing Microsoft based VDI using the various Remote… Read more

Lab Ops – Part 14 Putting Applications into the VDI Template with MDT

In my last post I created a process to quickly create what MDT refers to as a Reference Computer and directly boot this from the LiteTouchPE_x64.iso in the deployment share.  This was then shutdown and sysprepped so that I could use it to deploy VDI collections in Remote Desktop Services.   Now I want to add… Read more

Lab Ops 7 – Setting up a pooled VDI collection in Windows Server 2012 R2

In Windows Server you can create two kinds of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), personal or pooled.  A personal collection is a bit like a company car scheme where everyone chooses their own car. This means there needs to be car for everyone even if they are on leave or sick etc. and each car needs… Read more

Lab Ops 6 – Setup VDI in Windows Server 2012R2

VDI bridges the world of the client and the server, and that can mean that in a world where IT professionals are either experts in one or the other (Simon and I being  a case in point), most of us have a partial knowledge of how VDI works. There are other reasons why you might… Read more

Lab Ops 4–Using PowerShell with Storage

In previous posts I created a fileserver for my lab environment and used the UI to create a storage space on it.  Now I want to automate the creation of two storage spaces over the same storage pool, which will then underpin my VDI demos. At the time of writing the only resource I could… Read more

Microsoft Valuable Penguin

I sometimes think the IT industry is a bit like a load of penguins on the pack ice, each one checking the others out to see who going to brave the ocean first.  In IT it’s nervousness about when to jump onto a new technology and if there is one technology that makes IT professionals… Read more

Evaluate This – Hyper-V Server 2012

Hyper-V Server is a free operating system specifically designed to just run Hyper-V so basically a cut down core installation of a paid for edition of Windows Server.  The cut down bit refers to the fact that only the roles and features needed to run Hyper-V are there. However Hyper-V itself is in no way… Read more

Evaluate This–VDI

Microsoft is serious about Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, and the first sign of this in Windows server is when you try and add a role or feature..   If you opt for install Remote Desktop Services Installation and select Virtual Desktops as in my short screencast you can see that a lot of work has gone… Read more