It's 10:03pm on January 31, and I'm writing this post from my MacBook Air. If all goes according to plan, this will be the last time I use my laptop until April. I've decided that after talking, writing, speaking, and thinking about VDI for the past five years or so, I should probably actually try it out. I mean sure I've played with it here and there and helped companies design their own systems over the years. But I've never really used (or attempted to use?) VDI day-in and day-out.
That all changes on February 1.
I'm not really sure how comfortable I'm going to be running a remote VDI desktop full-time. I checked my laptops with a friend to lessen my ability to "cheat," and now instead of my MacBook, I've got a collection of Wyse & HP thin clients... some big, some small, and some mobile. I also have my iPad and my Android phone. I'll mix-and-match all those to access my "real" desktop for the next few months: a Windows 7 disk image running Office 2010.
My testing isn't going to be scientific. I'm not running any benchmarks or choosing a winner. I'm not trying to suggest that my scenario is right for everyone or even too connected to the real world. I'm just out to see whether it's possible to use separate myself from my desktop for a few months with a various collection of today's technologies.
Ironically I already ran into my first "hiccup." I was hoping to run my VMs on a host server at work, but I couldn't get permission from our internal IT department to have a direct connection to the outside world. In other words if I wanted to access my desktop from home, I'd have to do so through our SSL-VPN. And since I'd much rather use the integrated Citrix and VMware gateways rather than messing around with third-party VPN support on these things, I decided to "flip" my environment: My Windows 7 VDI virtual machine now lives on a server running in a closet at my house. So my home use will be the "LAN" scenario, and at work I'll remotely connect via thin client on my desk.
Fortunately I don't have any travel coming up until March, so I think I'll be ok there. I do have a Verizon Wireless MiFi which I can use with the thin client laptops no problem.
At the end of the day I'm not 100% sure of what my goals are. Really I just want to see what it's like to actually use HDX & PCoIP for actual everyday work. I'll keep you posted with my progress with updates each Friday. In the meantime feel free to send any questions or suggestions my way.