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  • Geek Week VDI Day 1: Citrix XenDesktop 4 summary

    This post, like all five Geek Week: VDI wrap-up posts, was co-written by Brian & Gabe. We'd already done three other vendors by the time Frank Anderson of Citrix rolled in (ten minutes before we did, actually) on Thursday morning, but we were...
    Brian Madden on March 29, 2010 : 5 comments , 20,188 views
  • Geek Week VDI: Citrix XenDesktop WAN experience testing (Part 3)

    The purpose of this video was to test the user experience of Citrix XenDesktop 4 over a variety of user environments, including: 100mbps LAN connection (00:30) A "global" WAN scenario, with 768kbps, variable latency between 250-350ms, and 1...
    Videos on March 29, 2010 : 3 comments , 7,993 views
  • Geek Week VDI: Citrix Provisioning Server installation and setup (Part 2)

    In this video from Geek Week: VDI, Citrix's Frank Anderson takes us through the installation and configuration of Citrix Provisioning Services and shows us how to deploy a single master Windows XP desktop that can be shared by multiple users. Specific...
    Videos on March 29, 2010 : 0 comments , 12,902 views
  • Geek Week VDI: Citrix XenDesktop initial installation video (Part 1)

    In this video from Geek Week: VDI, Citrix's Frank Anderson takes us through the initial installation and configuration of Citrix XenDesktop 4 on a vanilla XenServer environment. This video includes the installation and configuration of: Citrix XenDesktop...
    Videos on March 29, 2010 : 6 comments , 13,524 views
  • Teradici CTO Randy Groves weighs in on the PC-over-IP / RemoteFX "custom chip" versus "GPU" discussion

    Yesterday I wrote an article explaining how Microsoft's forthcoming RemoteFX enhancements to RDP can use GPUs or custom chip plug-in cards on the host to render the graphics. I compared Microsoft's use of GPUs to Teradici's use of custom chips...
    Brian Madden on March 25, 2010 : 6 comments , 9,644 views
  • Understanding the role of client and host CPUs, GPUs, and custom chips in RemoteFX

    One of the major announcements from Microsoft last week was that the technology they acquired from Calista back in 2008 would be known as "RemoteFX" and released via Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Last week I wrote...
    Brian Madden on March 24, 2010 : 11 comments , 13,010 views
  • What's Microsoft's real reason for killing VECD?

    By now you've all read about the changes Microsoft made to virtual desktops licensing last week, including: If you have Software Assurance (SA), there's no more "virtualization tax." (In other words, you don't have to pay an additional...
    Brian Madden on March 23, 2010 : 11 comments , 21,224 views
  • With last week's VECD licensing change, is Windows 7 now the cheapest client?

    The VECD licensing changes Microsoft recently announced made me wonder: is a Windows-based client with SA cheaper than a non-Windows non-SA client in a VDI scenario? (Since VECD is mandatory, the math becomes interesting.) This is something I've discussed...
    Jeroen van de Kamp's Blog on March 22, 2010 : 14 comments , 20,616 views
  • Brian Madden TV #29 - A rundown of the Citrix and Microsoft desktop virtualization announcements

    Microsoft and Citrix made several announcements around desktop virtualization last week. In this Brian Madden TV episode, Brian & Gabe discuss: New features in Citrix XenApp 6 New features in Citrix XenDesktop 4 Feature Pack 1 Microsoft and Citrix's...
    Brian Madden TV on March 22, 2010 : 6 comments , 10,012 views
  • Microsoft announces "RemoteFX," the Calista-based Hyper-V-requiring PC-over-IP competitor. Here's our full analysis.

    Today is a huge day for desktop virtualization. Microsoft, Citrix, and several other partners are announcing a slew of new things specifically related to desktop virtualization, and we'll dig deep into each of them over the next few days. There's...
    Brian Madden on March 18, 2010 : 27 comments , 34,897 views