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8 key VDI deployment best practices

When IT plans for its VDI deployment, it must factor in best practices for the setup process, such as considering client options and designing the VDI to have high availability.

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Applications

Application virtualization can reduce application installation time, minimize security vulnerabilities, improve disaster recovery and reduce system bloat. You can use application streaming to deliver software on demand to PCs, Macs or terminals, and it is often combined with application virtualization. But administrators have had difficulty determining costs and return on investment because of complex licensing and pricing schemes, and also get lost in the confusion presented by different approaches to virtualization. Citrix, VMware, Symantec and Microsoft, as well as other vendors, offer varying mixes of client-side and server-side capabilities.<br><br> This section helps you sort through application streaming technologies and determine which is best for your environment. It offers news, expert technical advice, definitions, and reference and learning content to help with virtual desktop management and application virtualization. This section also helps you determine the total cost of ownership for application streaming and how to choose the best tools for your environment.

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  • Microsoft UE-V (User Experience Virtualization)

    Microsoft UE-V (User Experience Virtualization) is a tool that enables users to move from one Windows device to another and maintain the same operating system (OS) and applications settings.

  • Real Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP)

    Real Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP) is an application-level network communication system that transfers real-time data from multimedia to an endpoint device by communicating directly with the server streaming the data.

  • Liquidware

    Liquidware is a company that provides monitoring and management software for physical, virtual and cloud desktop deployments.

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Management

Virtual desktop management can empower a mobile workforce, simplify desktop deployment and improve endpoint security -- but only when you create a virtual desktop strategy that suits your environment. This section helps you identify the best virtual desktop tools that enable IT to centrally manage and secure desktop images while still allowing for personalization of desktops. Administrators can run guest operating systems such as Windows or Linux beneath or on top of virtualization software, and users can use thin clients to access applications hosted on consolidated servers. This section outlines how to deploy virtual systems with a hypervisor for easier backup and more secure endpoint devices and helps you identify the best desktop virtualization software for your environment.<br><br> Our virtualization news coverage, tips and expert technical advice can help you determine how to best manage virtual desktops.

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  • What is virtual desktop infrastructure? VDI explained

    Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is a desktop virtualization technology wherein a desktop operating system, typically Microsoft Windows, runs and is managed in a data center.

  • zero client

    Zero client, also known as ultrathin client, is a server-based computing model in which the end user's computing device has no local storage.

  • remote desktop protocol (RDP)

    Remote desktop protocol (RDP) is a secure network communications protocol from Microsoft.

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Virtual desktop strategies and architecture

Before investing the time and effort to configure a virtualization infrastructure, you need a virtual desktop strategy and architecture. This section can help you determine the levels of control, security and returns on investment required by your environment. You'll have an easier time gaining user acceptance if you can explain how virtual desktops offer more efficient management, higher levels of security and lower costs from reductions in the amount of hardware needed. In addition, cloud computing can provide flexibility in the number of users, but the industry still needs to agree on definitions and standards before it can be widely adopted for storage, processing or provisioning virtual desktops.<br><br> This section includes tips, news and learning content on how to devise a virtual desktop strategy and manage a virtual architecture. Also, learn about virtual desktop infrastructures and cloud computing.

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  • What is virtual desktop infrastructure? VDI explained

    Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is a desktop virtualization technology wherein a desktop operating system, typically Microsoft Windows, runs and is managed in a data center.

  • desktop virtualization

    Desktop virtualization is the concept of isolating a logical operating system (OS) instance from the client that is used to access it.

  • zero client

    Zero client, also known as ultrathin client, is a server-based computing model in which the end user's computing device has no local storage.

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Tools & Technology

This section can help you choose among virtual desktop tools that Citrix, VMware, Microsoft and other vendors claim make it easier to provision and manage virtual desktop infrastructures. Learn why end-user participation is vital in determining requirements for role-based virtualization, and read tips and expert advice on the latest technology. For example, Microsoft's Terminal Services, renamed Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2008 R2, provides virtual desktop sessions for scalability or virtual machines for environments that need to be isolated.<br><br> This section provides information about developments in virtual desktop tools and technology. Follow the latest news about software and services, and figure out which products best suit your needs.

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  • risk assessment

    Risk assessment is the identification of hazards that could negatively impact an organization's ability to conduct business.

  • PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard)

    The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a widely accepted set of policies and procedures intended to ...

  • risk management

    Risk management is the process of identifying, assessing and controlling threats to an organization's capital and earnings.

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  • call tree

    A call tree is a layered hierarchical communication model that is used to notify specific individuals of an event and coordinate ...

  • Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)

    Disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) is the replication and hosting of physical or virtual servers by a third party to provide ...

  • cloud disaster recovery (cloud DR)

    Cloud disaster recovery (cloud DR) is a combination of strategies and services intended to back up data, applications and other ...

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