Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is the practice of hosting a desktop operating system within a virtual machine running on a centralized server. VDI users typically access the virtual desktops via a thin client. VDI is a variation on the client/server computing model, sometimes referred to as ...

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Options for centralising Windows installations?

My situation is as follows: I'm in a company with 12~15 employees. All of them are currently using a separate pc with a Windows XP installation. Managing these systems is very time consuming and ...
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Why can't I install KVM?

I'm running on an Intel i7 930. I'm new to virtual machines and linux. I'm trying to learn how to use and install KVM. So I used VirtualBox to install Debian 6 64-bit. So I got the VirtualBox up. I ...
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Citrix and Ubuntu Server / Ubuntu Clients for VDI

does anyone have any experience running ubuntu as a hosted desktop using XenServer have any reasons why I should not pursue this option?
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Is it possible to run SQL Server Developer Edition on Xen VDI?

We're at the end of a VDI deployment and have a new requirement to install SQL Server Developer Edition (2008) on the virtual desktop clients. The DBA's were invited late to the party and ...
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Mapping VDIs directly to software iSCSI LUNs in XenServer

I read in the XenServer Administrator's Guide in section 4.1.6.2 that you can map raw LUNs to VDIs if you're using a NetApp or EqualLogic SAN. Is it possible to do the same with Software iSCSI SANs ...
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Handling XenServer snapshotting and cloning with ZFS SAN

I'm planning on setting up a XenServer machine that uses a NexentaOS/ZFS-based SAN for storage of the Virtual Disk Images (VDIs) through iSCSI. I know I could just setup a big Storage Repository (SR) ...
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Desktop virtualisation solution for small company

as we are thinking about virtualisation our desktop infrastructure, I would like to ask for hints for these requirements: up to 6 desktops windows different desktops and new 3 thin clients are ...
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Is Wifi fast enough for VDI VMware View or Citrix Xen

Looking to deploy View or Xen in my house, have a number of older laptops that aren't very quick running Windows 7. Figured I'd run them as VDI clients as I've got the server capacity. They'd be ...
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VDI Solution(s)

I am currently in the planning stages of rolling out a VDI (Virtual Desktop) solution where i work as such i am looking for feed back on the different ways this can be done. I have seen VDI ...
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Install printer drives on multiple VDI's

I need to install one printer driver on multiple VDI's so that the local printer will be redirected (if I don't install the printer drivers, it does not redirect properly). On one of the VDI's I have ...
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Is it possible to set up a PC as a terminal to a VM?

I have recently set up my own Dell server running ESXi with several Ubuntu virtual machines running, performing various tasks. I have some older PCs (2-3 years old) around the house. I was wondering ...
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How can i convert a VirtualBox's .vdi files to VMWare vmdk/ovf formt

Vsphere takes ovf file to create a Virtual Machine, but it also needs the vmdk which is the actual disk. Would VMWare Converter be able to do this conversion? i have the .vdi files on Mac OSX. Maybe i ...
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How do I configure VMware View location-based printing to use Active Directory Groups?

I am attempting to configure VMware View 4.5's Location-Based Printing, which leverages an included OEM version of ThinPrint, to assign printers to active directory groups. The location-based ...
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Looking at desktop virtualization, but some users need 3D support. Is HP Remote Graphics a viable solution?

My company is looking at desktop virtualization, and are planning to move all of the desktop compute resources into the server room or data center, and provide users with thin clients for access. In ...
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How do you mount a .vdi image on Linux? [closed]

Is there any tool to mount a .vdi file (and/or examine its partitions) in Unix/Linux?
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VMWare - 64bit Guest on 32bit Host (Win 7) - Will it recognize >4GB RAM?

Here's the setup: -32bit Windows 7 Host O/S, recognizing only ~3GB of 6GB RAM If I virtualized a 64bit guest using VMWare, will it be possible for it to address the full ~6GB of RAM, or am I ...
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Replacing 40+ desktop PCs with Virtual Machines - advisable?

We currently have 40+ desktops which are solely used for remote desktop access to run things like Visual Studio, Clearcase, and other related development tools. These are commonly used by remote ...
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Windows Server 2008: Terminal Services / VDI

I have a Dell R710 with 72GB of memory running Hyper-V. Within Hyper-V I have a Windows 2008 (32-bit) VM running Terminal Services. How do I allocate memory so that any user who connects to this ...
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something like persistent X forwarding?

I'm having trouble with the title on this one, please edit. When users connect to a VM with VNC/NX/RDP/other-tla they get a persistent desktop in a window . When they connect using ssh -X ...
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Flexible classroom environments (OS, Office)

I work in the IT department of a training center, we still offer XP and Office 2003 trainings but also offer Vista and Win7 and Office 2007. Currently, we use VMs on VMware Server but this is ...
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Windows desktop virutalization instead of replacing work stations

I'm head of the IT department at the small business I work for, however I am primarily a software architect and all of my system administration experience and knowledge is ancillary to software ...
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What are the benefits of full VDI over Remote Desktop Services?

We're talking about piloting VDI here, but the more research I do, the more it seems like it would make more sense just to upgrade and expand our TS (RDS) environment. I feel like you can pull off ...
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Flu Season - Remote Office Users

I have been tasked with the need for our employees to work from home if they are even feeling remotely sick. I work for a small business and if a few people are out sick that will put a large dent ...