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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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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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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Hardware requirements for 100 virtualized high performance Windows 7 desktops?

We are debating whether to add Client Hyper-V or VMWare Player Pro to new Windows 10 desktops later this year and have our developers run their developer tools in a Windows 7 VM on their local desktop....
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For SSL bridging, do HTTPS backends verify that the load balancer is using the same private key? If so, how?

We are using the F5 to perform load balancing. When using SSL bridging instead of termination, we generally use a wildcard on the front-end and a regular SSL cert on the HTTPS backend. However, there'...
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Migrate KVM .img to VirtualBox .vdi

I am trying to migrate a VM from KVM to Virtualbox (win7 64bit). I was able to convert the disk image using these commands: VBoxManage convertfromraw -format VDI XX.img XX.vdi qemu-img convert -f ...
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ESXi: Can linked clones be on a different datastore than the parent?

If I have a Local datastore that is full, and a second NFS based datastore, can I create a linked clone of a VM on the local datastore, but have the data for the clone live on the NFS datastore? ESXi ...
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Microsoft VDI 2012 - VDI Personal collection vs Session-based deployment

I have a small confusion about the differences between the 2 types of set ups: When deploying using Add Roles and Features the Wizard requests to choose from one of two Deployment Scenarios: ...
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Serving Applications from Linux server to Chromebooks/Browsers?

I'm looking for a way to serve desktop applications (RemoteApp style) to a Chromebook (or other web browser), but running on a Linux server. All of the systems I've come across thus far (XenApp, ...
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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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To VDI or not? Having a central desktop for a group of old computers

I'm planning to work on a contract with a nonprofit organization that supports low-income areas in the South-east Washington D.C. area with computers as a community service so that people can use the ...
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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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App-V vs VDI vs Med-V

What is the difference between App-V, VDI, and MED-V? They're all virtualization technologies of one kind or another, but how are they different?
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How to distinguish between virtual disk image formats?

There is huge number of different formats for virtual storage files for desktop and server purposes (vmdk, qcow2, vdi, vdk, etc.). I'm writing a little script for manipulating them and would like the ...
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Personal Virtual Desktop Collection: User Assignment

Using Windows Server 2012 Remote Desktop Services, I have a 'Personal Virtual Desktop Collection' with automatic user assignment enabled. According to Microsoft "Personal virtual desktops are ...
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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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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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Cut'n'paste between X11 Desktop and the virt-manager VNC graphical console of a Win7 VM guest on a Server

I have a licensed copy of MicroSoft Windows 7 professional installed and running as guest on my Linux server running qemu-kvm. This works just fine. But I was unable to figure out how to Cut'n'...
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Enabling Hardware-Assisted Virtualization on a Virtual Processor?

I am currently trying to create a test-deployment of the new Remote Desktop Services in Server 2012. I have been following these instructions from technet: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/...
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VDI needs to reboot after session

I'm trying to build a VDI solution for a small number (< 5) of clients. The user will RDP to a VM and browse the web. When they logout, I want the VM to revert back to a known state (snapshot). ...
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Create Virtual Machine templates using Virtual PC

Is there a way to create a Virtual Machine Template from which I can then create virtual machines? What I would like to achieve is: Create a virtual machine using Virtual PC Install all programs ...
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Connect approx 30 users to a remote office

Info: My company has a base office in Little Rock and we are setting up a remote office in Virginia with approximately 30 users. We do A LOT of SQL and Oracle data manipulation (heavy processing). ...
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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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Disable Visual Effects for Windows 8.1 Virtual Desktop

I am trying to build a new virtual desktop Pool in VMWare Horizon View 5 with Windows 8.1 clients. At the Moment, i am optimizing the image for best performance, including using an optimization ...
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Trouble creating VDI's in xenserver

Xenserver running on an HP ML350 G5. Raid5 with 5x2tb drives plus hot spare. Local storage is there showing usable 7.5 tb. Under xencenter I went to local storage, storage, virtual disks. I ...
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Reducing VirtualBox VDI logical size

I was going to increase one of my VDI to 80 GB with the command: VBoxManage modifyhd MY_DISK.vdi --resize 819200 Yes, a wrong additional zero was gone there. Of course, as an idiot I hadn't a ...
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2012r2 Server Mananger not showing all VDI Desktops in Collection

We are running a 4 node 2012r2 Hyper-V Cluster and using Microsoft's RDS/VDI for serving up Virtual Windows 7 desktops. Right now we have about 90 desktops in 3 collections of 30 desktops each.(I know ...
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Image build system that derives from a base Windows 8.1 image

For our VDI deployment, we have several Windows 8.1 images for target groups that require different suites of applications. The current update procedure requires us to update the OS on each ...
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Connecting to Server 2012 Client VDI from Linux based Thin Clients

Currently we have set up a test VDI environment that hosts several Windows 7 client computers. We are using the "Personal" desktop option and everything seems to be running fine except... The only ...
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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 ...
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How to manage large number of desktop VMs?

I'm looking at the feasibility of providing remote access to multiple virtual machines. The VMs themselves will provide user desktops. To make best use of the available resources, I'd like the VMs to ...
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Has VDI become the “silver bullet”? [closed]

Have virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) projects become something which are seen as the simple catch all solution for enterprise infrastructure? What justifies a VDI solution over a standard ...
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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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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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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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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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Host Active Directory in a VM and have Hyper-V server a member of the domain

I'm putting together a Windows 2012 (Standard) server that's sort of a special case - it needs to be an "all in one" appliance. I literally don't have any other physical servers I can use. As part of ...
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How to make Group Policy to the same User Group at different Computer Groups? (VDI)

I made two Organizational Unit in my domain Thin Clients (there are the physical computer objects) Virtual Clients (there are the virtual computer objects) And I have the default Users (there ...
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2012 R2 VDI Setup - No Virtual Templates

I've installed Win 2012 R2 Standard and setting up the RDS role for VDI. I plan to have a pool of virtual desktops. I have done this before and have had no problems so I am very familiar with the ...
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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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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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How to decrease virtual size/capacity of a Virtualbox vdi file

I want turn a physical machine running MS Windows 7 into a VirtualBox virtual machine. This is easy, I have done this before, but this time I needed the virtual size/capacity of the disk to be a fixed ...
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How can I get the VMware view agent version of VMs with powercli?

How can I get the VMware View Agent version running on a VM with powercli or View Powercli?
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Creating virtual desktop on windows server 2012

I've been trying to make this work for like 2 days and still no luck from google and searching... i have a windows 7 VM in hyperV ready and generalized to use as my collection template. when im ...
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Ulteo OVD thin client cd, thumb drive (or similar) creation?

I am looking at the Ulteo OVD VDI solution, and hoping someone can point me to information on how to set up a bootable cd, thumb drive, or even a bootable hard drive thin client install for this ...
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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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Citrix VDI-In-a-Box Taking “Milestone Snapshots”

We're using Citrix VDI-in-a-Box, with XenServer on the back-end. I noticed in one of my deployed images, either XenServer for VDI in a box is creating snapshots automatically. The snapshots are listed ...
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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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Virtualization (Microsoft VDI) [closed]

I am having a strange requirement from my employer that I am not sure how to actually solve. We have an application that works in a client <-> server mode. The client logs in to a server, and ...
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Thin Client Environments - Where to Start

I'm new to the Thin Client / VDI concept but it seems like my environment might be a good candidate for converting. Currently we run Windows 7, so I would like to investigate a TS/VDI solution with ...
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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 ...