VDI–Shameless plug

I have spent the last six months writing my first book, Getting Started with Windows VDI  for Packt Publishing, basically because I want to create a one stop repository of the key elements you need to do this. The basic idea I had was to only use the Microsoft stack to do this and to…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Lab Ops Redux setting up Hyper-V in a hurry

I am at Manchester United as I write this and one of the delegates wanted to quickly try out Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012R2.  I thought I had an all up post on that but it turns out I don’t, so Nicholas Agbaji this is just for you! You’ll need a latptop/desktop running Windows 7/Windows…

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The Best of Build… for an IT Pro!

         Image Source: buildwindows.com If it didn't already feel like it, now it does. Spring is here… and so is Build, Microsoft’s Developer Conference. The 3-day conference took place in San Francisco this week, we’ve combined all the main announcements relevant to you and have mashed together in an IT Pro round up article.If you want to re-cap on the…


Top 10 Windows Server 2012R2 Tips For The Smaller Business

If we are to believe the marketing from any of the cloud services providers, we don’t really need any in house infrastructure to run a modern business, as our e-mail, collaboration and line of business systems can all be hosted for us.  However in the UK there are several challenges not least the appalling lack…

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Lab Ops– 16 System Center setup

This post isn’t going to tell you how to install System Center screen by screen as there are some 434 of these to do a complete install and configure.  That’s a lot of clicking with a lot of opportunity for mistakes and while I realise that not everyone needs to tear down and reset everything…

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Lab Ops part 15 – Combining MDT with Windows Update Services

If we are going to deploy VDI to our users we are going to still have some of the same challenges as we would have if we still managed their laptops directly.  Perhaps the most important of these is keeping VDI up to date with patches.  What I want to do in this post is…

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Lab Ops Part 12 – MDT 2013 for VDI

The core of any VDI  deployment is the Virtual Desktop Template (VDT) which is the blueprint from which all the virtual desktop VMs are created.  It occurred to me that there must be a way to create and maintain this using the deployment tools used to create real desktops rather than the way I hack…

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