Microsoft VDI Licensing Primer

For VDI, Microsoft’s licensing model is VDI Standard and Premium Suites. These are great offerings and simplify the process to acquire Microsoft VDI. And in my view and for many customers, this is a cost-effective solution and I encourage IT decision makers to examine and compare Microsoft offerings with others out there in the market….


Cloud and Virtualization Play Big at TechEd and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

Virtualizing the enterprise IT environment is a top goal for our customers, and therefore a top goal for Microsoft. Today, Bob Muglia, president of Microsoft’s Server and Tools Business, presented the opening-day keynote at TechEd 2010 being held in New Orleans. The keynote outlined the benefits of cloud computing showing why this is such an…


Ready to Virtualize? Do you need a MAP?

Hopefully by now you are looking at virtualization of your servers, application, and various other IT needs as viable candidates to support your business.  As you may have found during your research, there are several benefits virtualization can give your organization.  Virtualization will help to: Reduce Costs Hardware Facility Energy Simplify Management and Support Reduce…


RDS, VDI, and App-V User Experience

The ability to deliver a desktop with full fidelity over a network, while deploying applications on demand and with hardware independence, is an IT reality with Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Application Virtualization (App-V) which is part of Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP). This screencast highlights how these three amazing technologies work as…


Windows Server 2008 R2 Virtualization gets Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX

Windows Server 2008 R2 also got some great enhancements as well.  RemoteFX is a new enhancement for Hyper-V, which will allow the ability to run 3D applications within a Hyper-V VM.  This allows the virtual desktop experience to get even closer to the look and feel of an actual desktop.  IT provides a great multimedia…


New Independent Virtualization Conferences Starting to Make their Mark

With more companies moving towards a virtualized datacenter and thinking about how to gain efficiencies through integrated management, there’s strong interest for good information on how to achieve these results. There are a few “industry” events that cater to virtualization, but the most popular ones are not always the most vendor-neutral. As a result, independent…

Microsoft Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Explained

This is a follow-up posting and a continual discussion of desktop virtualization and Remote Desktop Services (RDS) relevant to Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 (WS2008R2). I highly recommend those who are not familiar with RDS taking a moment to review the architecture and know what role RDWA, RDG, RDSH, RDVH, and RDCB each…