For me, one of the coolest technologies in the virtualisation space, is Application Virtualisation. For Microsoft, this is ‘the artist formerly known as SoftGrid’, now known as Microsoft Application Virtualisation, or App-V.
For those of you who aren’t familiar, App-V is a different way of packaging, and then delivering applications, using streaming technologies, over the network, to the endpoint OS. If you are curious about the different moving parts in an App-V deployment, or just want to learn a little about it, I stumbled upon a superb little article which explains the different parts in a concise, and clear way.
The article is based on a pre-release of App-V 4.5 (which has no subsequently released), but that’s not the point – if you want to get your head around it, this is a great starting point. The author, Anthony Kinner, came to Microsoft through the acquisition of Softricity (who made SoftGrid), and designed the first training course for SoftGrid, so, technically, he should know his stuff :-)
Check it out here. Enjoy.
I'm wondering about a different scenario than the norm for VDI - the home network. Everyone in my house has a laptop in addition to the "public" desktop, we have in the dining room. All my "users" are of the "just make it work" type and are not particularly pc-savvy. My problem is having to act as the de facto IT support desk for the members of my household. I would love to set up a VDI so I can easily manage the less images, safe guard against any user induced os problems, and generally make everyone happy. Your videos have been brilliant in helping me toward that goal, but what I'm wondering can this be done without setting up an Active Directory domain controller? With the server, broker, gateway, web servers things are already getting complicated (although not really). BTW, I think this could be a untapped opertunity for Microsoft. Some sort of out-of-the box home virtualization server, similar to the Windows Home Server would be a hit in large families, dorm rooms, coffee houses, etc. Package up a WHVS (Windows Home Virtualization Server) with a bunch of netbooks running Win7 - ah the beauty of it all. Viva la Virtual!
I think you may have stumbled upon an untapped opportunity! I guess the only thing there is, it would take every home to have an 'IT guy' like you or I to 'administer' this virtual environment. Just the mention of the V-word to some people, instantly makes them confused, so it may be a while before something like that takes off.
Unfortunately today, alot of this requires AD, which is both a good, and a bad thing. We just need a home version of SBS, and give everyone a virtualied desktop :)