This landed in my inbox this morning courtesy of the TechNet Flash Newsletter so I thought I’d share it, as there’s a bit of virtualisation in there!

As we move closer to the launch of Windows 7, a number of organisations are starting to think about their next desktop.  What hardware will I use, Fat or Thin?  Will I have a physical, or virtual desktop?  Where does Terminal Services or Remote Desktop Services fit in?  What about my applications, installed or streamed?  All these questions, and more, aim to be answered in the latest Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide, focused on the Windows Optimised Desktop Scenario Selection Tool v1.1.

“Organisations today face the challenge of maintaining rigorous controls over their computing environments while providing the power and flexibility users need to be productive. User and IT goals can sometimes appear to be in conflict. Optimising the corporate desktop environment resolves this conflict by providing IT the manageability it requires while giving users the varying levels of power and flexibility they need.

The Windows Optimised Desktop Scenarios relate the business requirements (IT and user) for a flexible, efficient, and managed desktop environment to sets of complementary Microsoft technologies by defining and using five standard user scenarios that map business requirements to technology solutions. These core scenarios are: Office Worker, Mobile Worker, Task Worker, Contract/Offshore Worker, and workers who need to Access from Home

So, ask yourself, inside your organisations, what categories do your workers fit into?  Some organisations will have a complete workforce who fit into 1 category, whereas other organisations will have a wide mix.  Either way, there are technologies out there, that when implemented, can give you the right fit for the right worker.  Some of this may involve virtualisation, whilst some of it won’t.  Microsoft aren’t a virtualisation company, they’re a software company, and hence, we don’t push you to ‘virtualise everything’ when it actually might not be the right solution for every worker.

The Windows Optimized Desktop Scenario Assessment Guide describes the five user scenarios defined for the Windows Optimised Desktop and further describes the Microsoft products and technologies that underpin each scenario solution. These include: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, App-V, MED-V, Hyper-V, and Remote Desktop Services. This document guides you through an assessment of user groups in your organization to identify the scenario or scenarios that best fit your environment.

You can get all the information, and more, from here.