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HP, VMware & Liquidware Labs Simplify Desktop Transformation
This whitepaper provides an overview of the requirements and benefits of launching a virtual desktop project on proven, enterprise ready solution stack from HP, VMware, and Liquidware Labs. HP VirtualSystem CV2, with VMware View and Liquidware Labs ProfileUnity, offers a comprehensive Virtual Desktop solutions stack with integrated User Virtualization Management and Dynamic Application Portability. By combining offerings from proven industry leaders in this end-to-end solution, customers can fas
Desktops and workspaces are transforming to virtual and cloud technologies at a lightning fast pace. With the rapid growth of Microsoft Windows 7 (and soon Windows 8) adoption, virtual desktop strategies, and cloud storage and virtual application adoption, there is a perfect storm brewing that is driving organizations to adopt client virtualization now.

You need a plan, one that is complete and well capable of guiding you through this key phase of your desktop transformation project. HP and Liquidware Labs offer a comprehensive User Virtualization Management and Dynamic Application Portability (DAP) solution that takes care of the key requirements for your desktop transformation to a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI).

User Virtualization and Dynamic Application Portability from HP and Liquidware Labs is integral to your VDI project by providing the following:

  • Dramatic savings in storage, licensing, and management costs with the use of robust and flexible persona management to leverage non-persistent desktops.
  • Instant productivity within seconds of logon with automatic context-aware configurations which enable flexible desktop environments where users can logon to any desktop, physical or virtual. Minimize golden image builds while allowing the ultimate in personalization, break down the barriers to user adoption and fast-track productivity in the new environment with user and department installed applications.
Liquidware Labs Desktop Transformation Methodology
This whitepaper provides an overview of Liquidware Labs proprietary Desktop Transformation methodology of Assess, Design, Migrate and Validate and describes how our solutions are designed to assist users to move through a logical, phased approach for successful migrations of physical to virtual desktops.
This whitepaper provides an overview of Liquidware Labs proprietary Desktop Transformation methodology of Assess, Design, Migrate and Validate and describes how our solutions are designed to assist users to move through a logical, phased approach for successful migrations of physical to virtual desktops.
Stratusphere Architectural Overview
In this paper, we outline the Architectural components and considerations for our Stratusphere FIT and Stratusphere UX products. This paper is intended for technical audiences who are already generally familiar with these solutions and the functionality they provide.

In this paper, we outline the Architectural components and considerations for our Stratusphere FIT and Stratusphere UX products. This paper is intended for technical audiences who are already generally familiar with these solutions and the functionality they provide.

VDI FIT and VDI UX Key Metrics
As more organizations prepare for and deploy hosted virtual desktops, it has become clear that there is a need to measure compatibility and performance for virtual desktop infrastructure both in the planning process and when measuring user experience after moving to virtual desktops. This whitepaper covers best practices and provides an introduction to composite metrics VDI FIT in Stratusphere FIT and VDI UX in Stratusphere UX to provide a framework to measure Good/Fair/Poor desktops.

As more organizations prepare for and deploy hosted virtual desktops, it has become clear that there is a need to support two related but critical phases. The first is to inventory and assess the physical desktop environment in order to create a baseline for the performance and quality of the user experience for the virtual desktop counterparts. When planning and preparing, organizations would like to know which desktops, users and applications are a good fit for desktop virtualization and which ones are not. The second phase is to track the virtual desktops in production in order to proactively identify when performance and user experience does not meet expectations, as well as to continue to refine and optimize the desktop image and infrastructure as changes are introduced into the environment.

Because virtual desktops live on shared systems, the layers of technology make it more complex to measure and classify fitness and user experience. But with increased industry knowledge and the emergence of best practices, plus new purpose-built products such as Liquidware Labs’ Stratusphere FIT and Stratusphere UX, it is now possible to more accurately measure and classify both fitness and user experience. This white paper covers these best practices and provides an introduction to the VDI FIT and VDI UX classification capabilities in Stratusphere FIT and Stratusphere UX.

Liquidware Labs ProfileUnity and its Role as a Disaster Recovery Solution
As desktop operating systems become more and more complex, the need for a proper disaster recovery methodology on the desktop is increasingly crucial, whether the desktop is physical or virtual. In addition, many enterprise customers are leveraging additional technologies, including local hard drive encryption, persistent virtual images and non‐persistent virtual images. This paper provides an overview of these issues and outlines how disaster recovery (DR) plan, coupled with Liquidware Labs Pro
Many corporations around the globe leverage Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) as a strategic, cost‐effective methodology to deliver business continuity for user applications and data. Virtualization renders a physical computer made of metal, plastic and silica as a portable file that can be moved through a network from a data center to a disaster recovery (DR) site. Although this may sound easy, transferring virtual machine files can be challenging for corporate networks in a number of ways. Moving large amounts of data is a time consuming process that may take days to complete. Moreover, once archival process is complete, the data is effectively out of date or out of context. As a response various strategies focus on leaving the bulk of the data transferred and only updating and replicating the changes in data. Desktop infrastructure is particularly sensitive to the issue of synchronization so applications run properly. The challenge is keeping desktops in sync because desktops, applications and data change often. This has given birth to a whole new set of strategies and software unique to desktops to accomplish backups safely and effectively. Liquidware Labs’ ProfileUnity™ is a best of breed solution that provides a seamless end user DR experience identical to the one at the home office.
Masergy accelerates VDI and storage performance with Infinio
To support its global users, Masergy needed to accelerate its virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and was unconvinced that spending budget on solid-state drive (SSD) solutions would work.
To support its global users, Masergy needed to accelerate its virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and was unconvinced that spending budget on solid-state drive (SSD) solutions would work. The team was investigating SSD solutions and options from SanDisk, VMware and Dell, as well as all-flash arrays, when it discovered Infinio at VMworld 2014. Unlike the solutions Masergy considered previously, the simplicity of the Infinio Accelerator and low price point caught the Masergy team’s attention. Fewer than six months later, Masergy’s Infinio installation was under way. Infinio provides an alternative to expensive, hardware-based solutions to address VDI performance, which is what Masergy wanted to improve.
Citrix AppDNA and FlexApp: Application Compatibility Solution Analysis
Desktop computing has rapidly evolved over the last 10 years. Once defined as physical PCs, Windows desktop environments now include everything from virtual to shared hosted (RDSH), to cloud based. With these changes, the enterprise application landscape has also changed drastically over the last few years.
Desktop computing has rapidly evolved over the last 10 years. Once defined as physical PCs, Windows desktop environments now include everything from virtual to shared hosted (RDSH), to cloud based. With these changes, the enterprise application landscape has also changed drastically over the last few years.

This whitepaper provides an overview of Citrix AppDNA with Liquidware Labs FlexApp.

FSLogix Apps for Citrix AppDisk Reference Architecture
App Layering and Image Masking Combined for the Most Versatile Delivery Solution on the Market! Optimizing the way applications are delivered and managed has been an ongoing challenge in enterprise IT, and the variety of approaches over the years have been received with varying degrees of success. Citrix AppDisk, when integrated with FSLogix Apps, provides a unique set of features that can improve end-user productivity, reduce IT overhead and lower the cost of desktop management.
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Optimizing the way applications are delivered and managed has been an ongoing challenge in enterprise IT, and the variety of approaches over the years have been received with varying degrees of success. While every method has pros and cons, some of the most stubborn issues include time-to-deliver, application conflicts, plug-ins and licensing. The too-frequent result is high IT overhead, too many gold images and excess spending on application licenses.

Too many companies are settling on less than optimal solutions because that is all they are presented with and they are unaware of the true state of the art for application management. It is possible to dramatically reduce the number of Windows gold images, in some cases to a single image. It is possible to deliver exactly what each and every end user needs to do their job, and nothing else. It is possible for a user to log into a random system and instantly be presented with their personal desktop, all the right applications, plugins and add-ons, the right printers, and the right fonts. It is possible and it is simple.

Citrix AppDisk, when integrated with FSLogix Apps, provides a unique set of features that can improve end-user productivity, reduce IT overhead and lower the cost of desktop management. With FSLogix patent pending Image Masking technology, AppDisk gains very granular and powerful user-based policy control over every aspect of a user’s desktop and applications, and enhances the ability to distribute applications on network attached disk images. FSLogix Apps also enable AppDisks to scale to a much greater degree than any other similar technologies available today.

This document details what is possible when FSLogix is combined with Citrix AppDisk and suggests best practices for installing and configuring the products for maximum flexibility and applicability in various environments.
A New Approach to Per User Application Management
Our premise is simple: existing methodologies for delivering and deploying Windows applications are based upon outmoded ideas and outdated technology. There remains a need for a product that makes it simple for each user to have their Windows applications individually tailored for their device. When a user logs on they should see only the applications that they are licensed to use regardless of whether they are using cloud, virtual or traditional desktops.
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A simple truth: Current application delivery and deployment solutions for Windows®-based desktops are often not fast enough, and the methods employed introduce complexities and limitations that cost enterprises valuable time, money and productivity. There is a strong need for a solution that is faster to deploy, simpler to use, and improves productivity rather than degrades it. In fact, the best solution would seamlessly and instantaneously personalizing the entire desktop, from profiles and printers to applications and extensions, while supporting license compliance and cost optimization. And, of course, it wouldn’t matter if the target desktops were physical, virtual, or cloud-based. FSLogix is delivering that solution today.

UNIQUE, CUTTING EDGE TECHNOLOGY

FSLogix has devised a revolutionary technique called Image Masking to create a single Unified Base Image that hides everything a logged in user shouldn’t see, providing predictable and real-time access to applications and profiles. This approach is driving unprecedented success in image reduction, with a side benefit of license cost optimization. Image masking functions identically across a wide range of Windows-based platforms, greatly simplifying the path from traditional to virtual environments, and dramatically reducing the management overhead required for enterprise desktops. This solution eliminates multiple layers of management infrastructure, creating a single, unified approach to image management, profile access, and application delivery.
Top seven reasons to deploy Tintri for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
Countless organizations have chased the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) dream in hopes of reducing costs, while at the same time, increasing control and consistency. Check out the top seven reasons why Tintri VM-aware storage is necessary for VDI success.

Countless organizations have chased the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) dream in hopes of reducing costs, while at the same time, increasing control and consistency. Most have struggled. The problem is that storage built for physical workloads can’t keep up with the demands of virtual desktops.

Check out the top seven reasons why Tintri VM-aware storage is necessary for VDI success.

Citrix Ready Whitepaper: Top Eight Best Practices for Deploying Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.7
Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop 7.7 are fast becoming the standard platforms for deploying application and desktop virtualization. The new FMA provides a unified platform that makes application and desktop delivery fast and easy. Discover how to take advantage of all the new Citrix features and enhancements to improve the security, manageability and remote access of your virtual applications and desktops in this Citrix-Ready White Paper
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As Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.7 are fast becoming the standard platforms for deploying application and desktop virtualization in today’s expanding enterprise, they provide a unified platform that makes application and desktop delivery fast and easy.

You can utilize the new Flexcast Management Architecture (FMA) as well as several new features and enhancements to improve the security, manageability and remote access of your virtual applications and desktops.

In this Citrix-Ready white paper, Top Eight Best Practices for Deploying Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.7, you will discover real-world experiences as well as the top eight best practices in deploying Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop 7.x, including how to:

  • Be cloud ready by separating the management plane and the workload
  • Enhance scalability and performance for multi-media applications with GPUs
  • Take advantage of new XenApp/XenDesktop 7.x features including Connection Leasing, anonymous user accesses, session pre-launch and lingering, and application folders/grouping support
  • Improve the user experience on broadband wireless connections with the Framehawk technology (available in Feature Pack 2)
  • Benefit from Citrix Provisioning Services enhancements and understand the trade-offs between PVS vs. Machine Creation Services
  • Analyze virtualization platform choices and how to optimize the deployment to get more users per server
  • Leverage built-in Citrix tools for performance visibility
  • Implement end-to-end monitoring, diagnosis and reporting for complete visibility across all Citrix and non-Citrix tiers in a single unified view

Performance Monitoring for Your Citrix Infrastructure - Considerations & Checklist
Citrix environments incorporate numerous components as well as diverse back-end application elements and user-specific items – all complex variables that can affect the user experience. This white paper provides a checklist of monitoring-related criteria that should be considered as part of due diligence by enterprises and service providers to effectively manage the performance of their complex Citrix infrastructures
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Numerous components as well as diverse back-end application elements and user-specific items comprise today’s complex Citrix infrastructures and all can affect the user experience. At any given time, one or more of these components may fail or experience an issue and service organizations spend a significant amount of time and effort diving into each of the various components in order to properly address and resolve problems.

Download this white paper to get a comprehensive checklist of monitoring-related criteria that should be considered as part of due diligence by enterprises and service providers to effectively manage performance of their complex Citrix infrastructures. Jo Harder, Application and Desktop Virtualization Analyst, details a checklist for importance level and vendor consideration broken out into the following categories:

  • Monitoring of all Datacenter Components
  • Monitoring of User Experience
  • Monitoring of Citrix Key Performance Indicators
  • Administration and Reporting
  • Monitoring System Functionality
  • Vendor Support and Product Development
User Profile and Environment Management with ProfileUnity
This whitepaper has been authored by experts at Liquidware Labs in order to provide guidance to adopters of desktop virtualization technologies. In this paper, we outline how ProfileUnity was designed to address many of the shortcomings of Roaming Profiles, and basic profile management tools that are just a step away from roaming profiles, in managing user profiles and user-authored data over multiple desktop platforms, including physical upgrades and refreshes, Windows migrations and moves to
User Profile Management on Microsoft Windows desktops continues to provide challenges.  Most Administrators find that Roaming Profiles and even Microsoft UEV generally fall short due to several factors. Profile Corruption, Lack of Customization, and lack of Enterprise Features are just some of the top shortcomings of Microsoft Windows profile management with these options.

Basic tools such as roaming profiles do not support a mixed operating environment, therefore it does not allow users to move among desktops with mixed profile versions, e.g. Windows 7, Windows 10, Server2008, 2012 r2, etc.

The lack of support of mixed OS versions makes Microsoft profile management methods a serious hindrance when upgrading/migrating operating systems. Microsoft profile management tools also only support very limited granular management, so admins do not have the ability to exclude bloated areas of a user profile or to include files and registry keys outside of the profile. Profile bloat is one of the number one reasons for long logon times on Windows desktops.

Most organizations who will upgrade from a previous Windows® OS, such as Windows 7, to Windows 10, will want the flexibility to move at their own pace and upgrade machines on a departmental or ‘as needed’ basis.  As a result, management of Microsoft profiles and migration become a huge challenge for these environments because neither operation is seamlessly supported or functional between the two operating systems.  

A user’s profile consists of nearly everything needed to provide a personalized user experience within Windows.  If one could separate out the user profile from Windows and enable dynamic profiles that can adapt to any Windows OS version, several advantages can be realized:
  • User state can be stored separately and delivered just-in-time to enable workers to roam from workspace to workspace
  • Users’ profiles can co-exist in mixed OS environments or automatically migrate from one OS to the next, making OS upgrades easy and essentially irrelevant during a point-in-time upgrade
  • Integral policies and self-managed settings, such as local and network printer management, as well as security policies, can be readily restored in the event of a PC failure or loss (disaster recovery)
Given the growing complexity and diversity of Windows desktops technologies, today’s desktop administrators are looking for better ways to manage user profiles across the ever-increasing spectrum of desktop platforms available. In this whitepaper, we will cover the issues inherent with Roaming Profiles and how ProfileUnity addresses these issues.
FSLogix Lab Installation Guide for Azure
This document contains the steps required to install a Proof-of-Concept (POC) environment for RDSH Full Desktop with FSLogix Apps. POC environments created according to this install guide can be used to test applications controlled by FSLogix Apps in a reproducible way. We build the environment in the cloud in order to minimize costs associated with required hardware, and to streamline the build process. The testing environment is built entirely in Azure and contains an IaaS RDSH deployment incl

This document contains the steps required to install a Proof-of-Concept (POC) environment for RDSH Full Desktop with FSLogix Apps.  POC environments created according to this install guide can be used to test applications controlled by FSLogix Apps in a reproducible way.  We build the environment in the cloud in order to minimize costs associated with required hardware, and to streamline the build process.

The testing environment is built entirely in Azure and contains an IaaS RDSH deployment including the supporting network and domain infrastructure.  A non-Azure based client component accesses the RDSH deployment.