Cisco CVD completed with Hyper-V and XenDesktop!

I love Friday news. Its even better when I get to announce something that others havent done yet! Cisco has recently wrapped up testing with their UCS platform using Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V and Citrix XenDesktop 4 on top of NetApp SANs. I love how thorough these CVD guides are! And for those…

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Hyper-V SP1 increases support for VMs/core for Windows 7

Awesome news, hot off the press. We have just completed a new round of testing for Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 with Hyper-V and Dynamic Memory. What showed was that Hyper-V SP1 could scale a lot more with Windows 7 SP1 than we were actually supporting previously with 8 VMs/core. I should be clear here…

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New whitepaper released: Achieving Business Value with Microsoft VDI and Session Virtualization

A new whitepaper has released that discusses the pro’s and cons of VDI vs Session Virtualization along with when to use what. Its something that reinforces the discussion points I raised in a previous post about session virtualization being cheaper for essentially the same value proposition as VDI. Brian Madden also talks about it as…

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RD Virtualization Host Capacity Planning paper now live!

The RD Virtualization Host Capacity Planning in Windows Server 2008 R2 (Link to paper on Download Center – http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=bd24503e-b8b7-4b5b-9a86-af03ac5332c8), is now live on the Download Center.  This white paper is intended as a guide for capacity planning of RD Virtualization Host in Windows Server 2008 R2. It describes the most relevant factors that influence the…

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App-V 4.6 for RDS whitepaper released

In other news today, we just released to the download center an updated whitepaper that reflects the changes in App-V 4.6 to support Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2008 R2 namely support for 64 bit! Enjoy! http://download.microsoft.com/download/2/5/E/25EEFF4E-A81A-464F-9AB1-98FA1EF755AA/App-V Remote Desktop Services.docx

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TechNet Webcast: Capacity Planning with VDI starts in 40 mins

For those of you interested in attending, details are here: https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032447903&Culture=en-US TechNet Webcast: Capacity Planning and Sizing for Session Virtualization and VDI with RDS (Level 300)  Customers are increasingly looking at centralizing their users’ desktops and applications as a way to lower their total cost of ownership (TCO) or to increase business agility. Virtual Desktop…

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Extra Settings for the RDP file – Enables Glass!

In a previous post I linked to a TechNet article that documented the custom settings for the RDP file. In a true case of “wait there’s more!” I have more to show that were not documented here, though will be soon. In the meantime though: allow font smoothing:i:1 allow desktop composition:i:1 disable full window drag:i:0…

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Desktop Virtualization Hour: Starting in 30 mins

As per the press pass announcement today at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2010/mar10/03-18desktopvirtpr.mspx we will be talking about new investments in VDI and Desktop Virtualization at the Desktop Virtualization Hour Webcast . Ill be presenting in the launch today and demoing some of these new features namely RemoteFX, which will deliver next generation HD VDI experiences and Dynamic Memory, which…

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Brian Madden Shootout: We’re there and talking about VDI and RDS

So here as I sit typing Brian Madden is in front of me, filming one of my other colleagues, Eric Schroeder talk about installing the Microsoft VDI solution as part of the Brian Madden VDI shootout. We have been here all day, talking about the architecture and getting the servers up and running. A second…

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