Virtualization Technology News and Information
VDI in Your Own Private Cloud, Part 1

In the last three years I work a lot with customers who are evaluating and deploying VDI. 2010 will be the year that VDI really hits off and a lot of customers already recognized that it is a very good way to deploy your desktops, manage them and save a lot of money in these hard times. A few weeks ago I wrote an article about it. 2010. The Year VDI Really Starts

So what is VDI?

VDI is a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure that runs in the datacenter and end users get a connection (broker) to that image. By leaving the image, the applications and the data into the datacenter VDI is very secure and almost always available at request independent from the end point and users location. VDI can be available anywhere, anytime, any place.

In a brand new series of articles I am going to provide you an easy way to get started with VDI and to see if VDI is something for you.

These articles will cover the Hypervisor, the installation of Windows, customisation, deployment, but also applications, virtual or not, userprofiles and users data.

In the past I wrote over one hundred articles and several of them are still accurate so I will reference to them when they add value.

Following this series of articles will enable you to start with VDI and help you to understand the choices in VDI. Making the wrong choice in an early stage will destroy your setup in the future bringing you a lot of work and a lot of pain.

In this first article I am going to explain you the Hypervisor on the server.

What is a Hypervisor?

The Hypervisor is installed on the server and is a link between your physical hardware and the virtual hardware. One of the problems we see in desktop deployment is that every series of computers contains it's own hardware. Deploying an image created on a Dell optiplex will not work on an HP desktop. The reason is that when we install Windows, the system is updated and adjusted for the hardware it is created on. Managing that computer and deploy it on totally different hardware will disable you from running the system. Probably you get a blue screen stating that the wrong disk driver is loaded or that there is no network interface available.


Read the rest of this article on Symantec Connect.

Published Monday, June 28, 2010 6:47 PM by David Marshall
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