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VDI Questionnaire – follow-up for XenDesktop use

After being tasked with creating a “product” SKU around Virtual Desktop, I came up with a VDI Questionnaire for potential VDI customers starting with 200 users. Understanding that its difficult to get all of the customer details clearly defined from a list of questions, I think we cover the majority of the key components. I […]

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What hypervisors are you seeing in the general public?

Scott’s post on multiple hypervisor’s got me thinking… Regardless of workload (server, VDI, DR, Test/Dev) I myself only really see one hypervisor out there… VMware. I think so many companies have built their operational policies, processes and procedures around ESX that it is going to be an incredibly difficult migration to something else. I know of […]

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How to determine space requirements for XenDesktop when using Machine Creation Services

Since MCS creates copies of the gold image on each datastore per catalog, it’s very inefficient in terms of disk space. The formula for determining needed disk is: Gold Image+(# of catalogs*(# of LUNs*Gold Image))+(# of Images*Image-Size)

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Citrix XenDesktop Machine Creation Services Deep-Dive

So… with vmware View, you have a connection broker that connects to vCenter that connects to the ESX hosts using vSphere API which then tells whichever ESX host to build whichever linked-clones from the replica-vm to which ever destination datastore they are supposed to be on… right? :) Well… with Citrix XenDesktop Machine Creation Services (MCS) […]

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