Yearly Archives: 2012

Stateless desktops, hotels and floating rooms …

Eyes glaze over, the meaningless automatic nodding starts and you can feel the person’s mind is miles away … yes, I admit, I had several such fruitless attempts of explaining the concept and benefits of using ‘stateless versus dedicated desktops’.   The inconsistency of todays “VDI” terminology doesn’t help and that includes the description of the relationship between the user and the desktop image. Stateless desktops are often also referred to as ‘non-persistent’, ‘pooled’ and ‘dynamic’

Maximums and sizing guidelines for VMware View, XenDesktop (on vSphere) and Virtual Bridges VERDE

When we introduced a building block approach to our reference architecture many questions from the wider team revolved around the scaling maximums and limitations of the respective desktop virtualization solution in order to create valid configurations and correctly sized building blocks. It became quickly apparent that while e.g. in VMware’s case vSphere maximums were well documented, the virtual desktop specific guidelines are scattered around in different documents, some are not listed at all and others

How to configure 3D and Aero for VMware View 5 – and what is the overhead of doing so? (IBM VDI RA Part 3)

As you probably know, View 5 (in conjunction with vSphere 5) introduced has a software-based GPU function that gives users basic DirectX and OpenGL capability without the use of a physical GPU (like e.g. Citrix’s HDX3D GPU-passthrough requires). Typical target use cases include Aero and low-end 3D animations, not “high-end” 3D engineering application. One of the questions I’ve been regularely asked is “what amount of overhead does this create? As we have no physical GPU in this

From Virtualization Management to Private Cloud – Lab Test Log: Upgrading Hyper-V cluster on IBM BladeCenter to SCVMM 2012

IMHO the only way to provide relevant coverage of vendor capabilities on is through hands-on experience with the products in client projects or lab test – finding the  time to always document this in detail is however a challenge. So initially this “test log” was not intended to be a blog but I decided to post it after running a few colleagues through my experience with VMM 2012 and they asked me to share