My visit to the VMware Express 2010 tour truck

Today I was able to visit the VMware Express truck and meet some new VMware contacts. I meet both EMC vSpecialists from Chicago region, one of which I had met already. I took a couple of pictures and enjoyed a nice lunch from EMC while I waited for my turn to listen to the tour.

The truck was pretty impressive given that its a semi trailer. The inside was decorated much like an office or meeting room. There was 3 different presentation areas, a conference room and a datacenter area in the truck. I was not able to get a picture of the server rack because my batteries died. The rack had a vBlock setup in it, which consisted of Cisco UCS servers, EMC storage and Cisco for the networking. The tours were running about every 15 minutes and the turnout for the day was around 80 visitors.

The picture below was used to demo 3 different presentations. The first was follow the desktop the example given was a nurse that travels between rooms and wants her desktop to move from end point to end point without having to login each time. The rep used a smart card solution with auto login. The 2nd demo was called Access Across Boundaries, this just showed the different end point devices you can use to access view. Some that were shown were a netbook, iPhone with Wyse Pocket Cloud client installed and last was a monitor with hardware PCoIP installed.  The last demo in this area was around VMware thin app. they used Acrobat 5 as a demo and showed it running on a Windows 7 VM.

The last section of the tour was centered around connecting multiple monitors to your View desktop. Currently VMware View supports up to 4 monitors. The picture below shows the multiple monitor display, I was a little shaky when I took the picture.

Overall there was nothing for me to learn at the truck but that’s not why I went anyways. It was a good chance to check out the VMware truck and network with different VMware and EMC contacts. You can see the scheduled dates for the truck in your area here, be sure to check often. I received an email with dates in my area that were never published on the site.

About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design

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How to optimize Windows XP for XenDesktop

I found a new white paper released from Citrix today that talks about steps you can take to really optimize your XP images. Sure everyone thinks about things like turning off a few unused services, screen savers and power saving features. But this paper takes a deep dive into a list of settings that you can manually change and explains others that are available in the XenConvert optimizer tool from Citrix. Head on over to Citrix and grab the doc here.

  • Offers a better alternative than replacing the default user profile (which isn’t supported and doesn’t help for users that already have profiles)
  • Makes a distinction between private mode (1:1) and standard mode (1:many) desktops
  • Provides the actual registry keys/values for all optimizations (to ensure that all settings can be set by Group Policy or login scripts)
  • Gives best practices for optimizing the user profiles (like installing UPHclean)
  • Excludes configurations and steps that don’t help (like defragmenting a disk before performing a volume copy)
  • Details what registry changes are included in the XenConvert Optimizer tool (so you know what all those checkboxes are doing)

About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design

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VMware will be acquiring RTO software

VMware working with RTO is nothing new. The two companies entered into a partnership last fall during VMworld 2009 to integrate the Virtual Profile technology into VMware View. With this purchase VMware can build this layering technology into the View product directly. This allows for the Operating sytems, user profile and applications to all be seperated out into individual layers.

While VMware is getting several of RTO’s products in this purchase the Virtual Profiles product that is a profile management solution is surely to be the gem in this deal.

You can view the press release here and for more questions see the FAQ’s document here.

About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design

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Microsoft VECD license is a total joke

For those of you that have taken a deep look into VDI or have deployed solutions you should be familar with the latest Microsoft trick to milk more cash from corporations. As far as I’m concerned this is a cheap way to charge more money for now added features and pad their pockets because they did not jump into the VDI game.

Ok to explain things a bit more. Basically Microsoft requires you to purchase your desktop license (XP/Win7) of course. But if you want to do a VDI solution using XenDesktop you mush also purchase a RS or terminal services license and a VECD license. This VECD is listed as needed if you wish to run a workstation OS in a data center. This license can cost from $23 to $100 plus depending on what your end point device is and if its covered under Software Assurance. This is all additional cost on top of the Citrix XenDesktop license that you need to purchase.

I was blown away when the Microsoft rep’s were explaining this to us in a recent call. And the fact they can tell people this with a straight face amazes me.

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