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…


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…


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…


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 –, 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…


Event ID 17 is logged in the System log on a TS Licensing server

Just a heads up that the issue around Event ID 17 being logged in the System log on a TS Licensing server has now been updated with a hotfix. Please refer to for updated guidance though heres the synopsis from the article. “…On a computer that is running Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2),…


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! Remote Desktop Services.docx


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…


Citrix discusses Hyper-V 2008 R2 and XenServer – for Windows 7 workloads

Very interesting article by Citrix’s Simon Crosby today. Citrix have done some VDI workload density analysis and found an interesting result that Hyper-V 2008 R2 is outperforming Xenserver for Windows 7 workloads. Wheres VMware in this? Who knows. They dont encourage open performance benchmarking so you have to question any result they publish, but it…


On demand demos of Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX now live

As I mentioned earlier in the day, today we discussed two new features for Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 which are Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX. The on demand webcast has just been posted live and has demos of both of these. While it would be great for you to watch the whole thing, as theres some…