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  • How much antivirus do we need for non persistent VDI?

    Microsoft's release of a free desktop OS anti-spyware, called Microsoft Security Essentials reminds me of the conversation we had at BriForum Chicago this year. In a session where we threw around ideas about how to build your VDI image , some in the...
    Tim Mangan on September 30, 2009 : 16 comments , 13,057 views
  • Now that XenApp can power on/off VMs, who needs XenDesktop?

    Citrix's XenApp and XenDesktop products have always had an artificial and somewhat arbitrary separation of features. The more expensive XenApp delivers desktops from terminal server and apps from terminal server, VDI, and streaming servers, while...
    Brian Madden on September 30, 2009 : 11 comments , 16,018 views
  • Converting PC's into thin clients - a rundown of a suddenly crowded niche

    On Brian Madden TV last week, we talked about a number of the PC-to-Thin Client conversion products on the market, and it became pretty clear that there are quite a few products out there. Each of these products fits into one of two categories, so it...
    Gabe Knuth on September 29, 2009 : 33 comments , 78,749 views
  • No need for “real” user-installed app support. Just use a second VM instead!

    I’ve written (and reaffirmed ) that “full” support for user-installed applications is critical for desktop virtualization to take off. I’ve since realized that instead of waiting for future products to fully support this feature...
    Brian Madden on September 28, 2009 : 40 comments , 10,366 views
  • Brian Madden TV #19 - VMworld wrap-up #3 - Client device Super Show!

    This is our third VMworld 2009 wrap-up show. This week we're focusing on client devices. Brian talks about his mini-crush on Wyse. They had a lot of impressive stuff at the show, including: New C-class client devices (small, cheap things with dedicated...
    Brian Madden TV on September 24, 2009 : 3 comments , 8,421 views
  • Join Ruben Spruijt, Amitabh Sinha, and Brian Madden for a chat about VDI, today at 1:00EDT

    [UPDATE: This webcast is over, but will be available on-demand soon. I'll post a URL as soon as I get it. Thanks to all those who attended!] Today Citrix is hosting another one of their Virtual Geek Speak community events. In today's event, fellow...
    Brian Madden on September 23, 2009 : 4 comments , 4,406 views
  • Report from Intel Developer Forum 2009: vPro & client virtualization

    Intel Developer Forum 2009 is going on this week at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. This isn’t an event that I’d ordinarily travel to, but since it’s only a block from my office, I figured I’d drop in on the few sessions about...
    Brian Madden on September 23, 2009 : 3 comments , 5,801 views
  • IT department drama: Desktop vs. Server teams and who controls the users' desktops

    At both BriForum and VMworld, I had a few conversations with people about a problem looming in the near future within their IT departments--Who manages virtual desktops? Most medium to large companies that I've worked with or for over the years have...
    Gabe Knuth on September 22, 2009 : 11 comments , 8,264 views
  • VMware CVP: an update and analysis of VMware’s bare-metal client hypervisor

    It’s been over a year since we first learned that VMware was planning to create a client hypervisor platform that would integrate with their View VDI product. I wrote an article last October which went as in-depth as anyone could given the information...
    Brian Madden on September 21, 2009 : 12 comments , 11,626 views
  • Demystifying XenApp Feature Pack 2, Projects Cache and Parra, and the new Tech Preview for Windows 2008 R2

    In a storm of tweets and blog posts a this week, we were made aware of some information regarding Citrix XenApp 5 Feature Pack 2. I've asked and been asked what "release" this is in Citrix's codename parlance, since we've been waiting...
    Gabe Knuth on September 18, 2009 : 7 comments , 7,319 views
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