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  • Blog Post: Unattended Setup for Microsoft Application Virtualization Client

    Application Virtulization will change the way applications will be deployed, managed and controlled. Unattended setup of Microsoft Application Virtualization Client is as follows: MSIEXEC /I SETUP.msi ALLOWINDEPENDENTFILESTREAMING=TRUE REQUIREAUTHORIZATIONIFCACHED=FALSE SWICACHESIZE=10240 SWIGLOBALDATA...
  • Blog Post: Free Application Virtualization Online Course

    This online course provides IT Professionals the knowledge to implement and manage Microsoft Application Virtualization. Topics covered in the clinic include: · Features and functionalities of Application Virtualization · Deployment and maintenance of Application Virtualization · Management...
  • Blog Post: Desktop Energy Savings with Windows Vista

    One of the challenges we face when engaging large organizations is to show the value of the proposed new technolgies. Most of those discussions end up with requesting for ROI -type analysis to see the proposed cost savings and value is $. Normally TCO and ROI studies require long analysis and data gatherings...
  • Blog Post: VDI Security - Using Encryption to Protect Virtual Machine Resources

    Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption (BitLocker) is a data protection feature included with Windows Server 2008. BitLocker is an operating system–based software capability that works with features in server hardware and firmware to provide secure operating system boot and disk drive encryption. This encryption...
  • Blog Post: VDI Security - Hyper-V Operating System Installation Type

    You can install Hyper-V with either the Full or the Server Core installation options of the 64-bit editions of Windows Server 2008 (Standard, Enterprise, or Datacenter). Server Core is a minimal server installation option that provides a low-maintenance server environment with limited functionality....
  • Blog Post: Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) Guides

    The Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) guides are the next version of Windows Server System Reference Architecture. The guides in this series help clarify and streamline design processes for Microsoft infrastructure technologies, with each guide addressing a unique infrastructure technology or...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Attack Surface

    An important part of Virtualization security is to secure the physical host which is Hyper-V in our case. The link below includes a spreadsheet you can download that lists all the attack surfaces for Windows Server 2008. Hyper-V Attack Surface Reference Workbook
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Virtualization Live Chat - Mar 31 2009 11:00AM EST

    On Tuesday, March 31, Microsoft's Edwin Yuen will be hosting a live web chat 11am-3pm EST around the topic of Virtualization. Edwin is a Sr. Technical Product Manager for Integrated Virtualization in the Windows Enterprise Management Division. Sign up here
  • Blog Post: Microsoft VDI in Windows Server 2008 R2

    Decent presentation on the Windows Server 2008 R2 VDI extensions and architecture. check out the link What is presentation virtualization and why should you care? Goals for presentation virtualization and VDI in Windows Server 2008 R2 Customizing the presentation virtualization platform...
  • Blog Post: VDI Security - Securing Virtual Desktops running on Hyper-V

    The following considerations and recommendations relate to configuring virtual machines on a computer running Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V. · Determine where to store the virtual machine files and the VHDs . See “Securing Dedicated Storage Devices” earlier in this chapter for guidance. · Decide...
  • Blog Post: Dynamic Desktops to support High Performance Workplaces

    What is a high-performance workplace and how do we define it. Here is the Gartner definition; “A high-performance workplace focuses on increasing people's influence on a business, as well as the impact of processes, methods, physical environment, and technology and tools that enhance their work. To...
  • Blog Post: Global Manufacturer boosts agility with server to desktop virtualization.

    Great virtualization case study. Also important is the expectation that desktop vistualization will simplfy the deployment of Windows Vista. Ingersoll Rand is a global manufacturing company with diverse product lines. Recent growth by acquisition contributed to an already decentralized, heterogeneous...
  • Blog Post: VDI Forum

    Please use the following forum for Microsoft VDI related questions. I will be following this forum regularly http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/windowsserver2008r2virtualization/threads
  • Blog Post: Typical risks for virtual desktop solutions

    Hi, as part of my engagements i always try to assess the risks of my proposed solutions or technologies and share it with the organization. Its a qualitative type of risk assessment and aims to point the weak areas in the proposed solution(environmental, culture, people, technology etc) . Since virtualization...
  • Blog Post: Details about Calista Technologies

    Future versions of Microsoft'a RDP protocol will enhance the end-user's VDI experience thanks to the integrated Calista technologies. See here key information about Calista’s technologies and how they differ from traditional Windows desktop remoting. Details about Calista Technologies Its provided...
  • Blog Post: Free Virtualization Solutions E-Book

    This free e-book reviews how to plan, implement and manage virtual infrastructure solutions.The technologies covered include: Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5, Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization, and Microsoft Virtual...
  • Blog Post: Desktop Virtualization Strategy - Part III

    Match Technologies to User Needs The following table provides guidance in deciding which desktop virtualization solution is most appropriate for each scenario.
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

    Fei Lu describes the Microsoft Virtual Desktop Infrastructure technology in Windows Vista, and scenarios where organizations can take advantage of the flexibility this technology offers. Windows Springboard Series: Windows Vista Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
  • Blog Post: Free Environment Assessment Toolkit

    For my desktop deployment projects i recommend to use the Microsoft Assessment and Planning toolkit that will find computers on a network and perform a detailed inventory of the computers using Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI), the Remote Registry Service, or the Simple Network Management Protocol...
  • Blog Post: Desktop Virtualization Strategy - Part I

    There are many desktop virtualization options and possible combinations and therefore the development of a desktop virtualization strategy requires three distinct steps: Map the available technologies Define user needs Match technologies with user needs. Mapping the Technologies...
  • Blog Post: Best Practices for Deploying Virtual Machines by Using Hyper-V Virtualization Technology

    About 80 percent of server deployments in the Microsoft IT data centers are deployed as virtual servers via Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V technology. To ensure optimal performance, Microsoft Information Technology (Microsoft IT) has developed configuration best practices, based on the application workloads...
  • Blog Post: Reacting to Laptop Theft

    Laptop theft is a significant threat to users of laptop computers. Organizations can loose hardware, software, and essential data that has not been backed up . Thieves also may have access to sensitive corporate data and personal information. The Computer Security Institute/FBI Computer Crime & Security...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta VDI Solution

    VDI is attracting our enterprise customers for certain user scenarios. Most common user scenario is the task worker where they want to extend the the hardware lifecycle, improve desktop and application control and centralize the user data. Also contractors and external employees are strong candidates...
  • Blog Post: XP Performance Optimizations for VDI solutions

    Paul Wilson has a usefull article on Windows XP Performance Optimizations in VDI scenarios. This one is optimized for Citrix XenDesktop. Windows XP Performance Optimizations for XenDesktop and Provisioning Server vDisks
  • Blog Post: Dynamic Desktop Workshops in West Africa

    This week i am doing a dynamic desktop workshop and ROI study for a leading regional banking group in West and Central Africa. The workshop is based in Accra, Ghana. This customer is growing very fast (operating in 26 countries) and exponentially increasing their desktop base where they are struggling...