Will Docker-like containers take off in Windows?

If you have primarily worked in a Windows Server environment, you may be asking yourself what’s the big deal about containers? After all, we’ve seen this all play out on the desktop side for years.  Windows has had application virtualization in different forms from many vendors.  The best known would be Citrix’ XenApp.  XenApp hasContinue reading “Will Docker-like containers take off in Windows?”

Is Amazon AWS Desktop as a Service (VDI) ready for prime time?

So, I’ve ignored Amazon’s VDI offering for a few blogging cycles.  It’s clear that Amazon is offering their VDI service as a way to get their foot in the door of the enterprise.  If you think about it Amazon has little choice but to add a VDI solution to their current offering if they wantContinue reading “Is Amazon AWS Desktop as a Service (VDI) ready for prime time?”

Citrix XenClient vs VMware View Client

Some time ago I posted a first look post on XenClient.  My overall impression was that it was an interesting technology but the hardware support was too limited.  I’ve continued to keep my eye on it from a distance because VDI is always promising but the expanded use case I keep running into are clientContinue reading “Citrix XenClient vs VMware View Client”

The good and the bad of Citrix XenDesktop

I got into a spirited debate on twitter with a buddy regarding XenDesktop vs. VMware Horizon Suite.  I’m beginning to educate myself on the entire Horizon Suite but the last time I did a trade study between the two, XenDesktop handily beat out View when it was a standalone product.  I plan on during aContinue reading “The good and the bad of Citrix XenDesktop”

Enterprise AWS VDI via running XenApp in the Cloud

Updated 6/21/2013  I think I was wishfully reading/skimming the Citrix post when I wrote this.  The link wasn’t about running XenDesktop in the Cloud but rather XenApp.  The big challenge with running XenDesktop in AWS would be provisioning.  In theory you could provision all of you desktops and install the XenDesktop Agent on all ofContinue reading “Enterprise AWS VDI via running XenApp in the Cloud”

Running XenDesktop 5 inside of VMWare Workstation

This is a follow up to my previous post on trying to run XenDesktop in VMWare Workstation 8. In my previous attempt, I wanted to try and consolidate all of the Windows Server roles into the least amount of virtual servers as possible. In my initial attempts I realized that there was no easy wayContinue reading “Running XenDesktop 5 inside of VMWare Workstation”