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Solution Guide for Sennheiser Headsets, IGEL Endpoints and Skype for Business on Citrix VDI
Topics: IGEL, Citrix, skype, VDI
Enabling voice and video with a bundled solution in an existing Citrix environment delivers clearer and crisper voice and video than legacy phone systems. This solution guide describes how Sennheiser headsets combine with Citrix infrastructure and IGEL endpoints to provide a better, more secure user experience. It also describes how to deploy the bundled Citrix-Sennheiser-IGEL solution.

Virtualizing Windows applications and desktops in the data center or cloud has compelling security, mobility and management benefits, but delivering real-time voice and video in a virtual environment is a challenge. A poorly optimized implementation can increase costs and compromise user experience. Server scalability and bandwidth efficiency may be less than optimal, and audio-video quality may be degraded.

Enabling voice and video with a bundled solution in an existing Citrix environment delivers clearer and crisper voice and video than legacy phone systems. This solution guide describes how Sennheiser headsets combine with Citrix infrastructure and IGEL endpoints to provide a better, more secure user experience. It also describes how to deploy the bundled Citrix-Sennheiser-IGEL solution.

High Availability Clusters in VMware vSphere without Sacrificing Features or Flexibility
This paper explains the challenges of moving important applications from traditional physical servers to virtualized environments, such as VMware vSphere in order to take advantage of key benefits such as configuration flexibility, data and application mobility, and efficient use of IT resources and highlights six key facts you should know about HA protection in VMware vSphere environments that can save you money.

Many large enterprises are moving important applications from traditional physical servers to virtualized environments, such as VMware vSphere in order to take advantage of key benefits such as configuration flexibility, data and application mobility, and efficient use of IT resources.

Realizing these benefits with business critical applications, such as SQL Server or SAP can pose several challenges. Because these applications need high availability and disaster recovery protection, the move to a virtual environment can mean adding cost and complexity and limiting the use of important VMware features. This paper explains these challenges and highlights six key facts you should know about HA protection in VMware vSphere environments that can save you money.

How to Build a SANless SQL Server Failover Cluster Instance in Google Cloud Platform
This white paper walks through the steps to build a two-node failover cluster between two instances in the same region, but in different Zones, within the Google Cloud Platform (GCP)
If you are going to host SQL Server on the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) you will want to make sure it is highly available with a SQL Failover Cluster. One of the best and most economical ways to do that is to build a SQL Server Failover Cluster Instance (FCI). In this guide, we will walk through the steps to build a two-node failover cluster between two instances in the same region, but in different Zones, within the GCP.
Understanding Windows Server Cluster Quorum Options
This white paper discusses the key concepts you need to configure a failover clustering environment to protect SQL Server in the cloud.
This white paper discusses the key concepts you need to configure a failover clustering environment to protect SQL Server in the cloud. Understand the options for configuring the cluster Quorum to meet your specific needs. Learn the benefits and key takeaways for providing high availability for SQL Server in a public cloud (AWS, Azure, Google) environment.
Catalogic Software-Defined Secondary Storage Appliance
The Catalogic software-defined secondary-storage appliance is architected and optimized to work seamlessly with Catalogic’s data protection product DPX, with Catalogic/Storware vProtect, and with future Catalogic products. Backup nodes are deployed on a bare metal server or as virtual appliances to create a cost-effective yet robust second-tier storage solution. The backup repository offers data reduction and replication. Backup data can be archived off to tape for long-term retention.
The Catalogic software-defined secondary-storage appliance is architected and optimized to work seamlessly with Catalogic’s data protection product DPX, with Catalogic/Storware vProtect, and with future Catalogic products.

Backup nodes are deployed on a bare metal server or as virtual appliances to create a cost-effective yet robust second-tier storage solution. The backup repository offers data reduction and replication. Backup data can be archived off to tape for long-term retention.
How to Get the Most Out of Windows Admin Center
Windows Admin Center is the future of Windows and Windows Server management. Are you using it to its full potential? In this free eBook, Microsoft Cloud and Datacenter Management MVP, Eric Siron, has put together a 70+ page guide on what Windows Admin Center brings to the table, how to get started, and how to squeeze as much value out of this incredible free management tool from Microsoft. This eBook covers: - Installation - Getting Started - Full UI Analysis - Security - Managing Extensions

Each version of Windows and Windows Server showcases new technologies. The advent of PowerShell marked a substantial step forward in managing those features. However, the built-in graphical Windows management tools have largely stagnated - the same basic Microsoft Management Console (MMC) interfaces had remained since Windows Server 2000. Microsoft tried out multiple overhauls over the years to the built-in Server Manager console but gained little traction. Until Windows Admin Center.

WHAT IS WINDOWS ADMIN CENTER?
Windows Admin Center (WAC) represents a modern turn in Windows and Windows Server system management. From its home page, you establish a list of the networked Windows and Windows Server computers to manage. From there, you can connect to an individual system to control components such as hardware drivers. You can also use it to manage Windows roles, such as Hyper-V.

On the front-end, Windows Admin Center is presented through a sleek HTML 5 web interface. On the back-end, it leverages PowerShell extensively to control the systems within your network. The entire package runs on a single system, so you don’t need a complicated infrastructure to support it. In fact, you can run it locally on your Windows 10 workstation if you want. If you require more resiliency, you can run Windows Admin Center as a role on a Microsoft Failover Cluster.

WHY WOULD I USE WINDOWS ADMIN CENTER?
In the modern era of Windows management, we have shifted to a greater reliance on industrial-strength tools like PowerShell and Desired State Configuration. However, we still have servers that require individualized attention and infrequently utilized resources. WAC gives you a one-stop hub for dropping in on any system at any time and work with almost any of its facets.

ABOUT THIS EBOOK
This eBook has been written by Microsoft Cloud & Datacenter Management MVP Eric Siron. Eric has worked in IT since 1998, designing, deploying, and maintaining server, desktop, network, and storage systems. He has provided all levels of support for businesses ranging from single-user through enterprises with thousands of seats. He has achieved numerous Microsoft certifications and was a Microsoft Certified Trainer for four years. Eric is also a seasoned technology blogger and has amassed a significant following through his top-class work on the Altaro Hyper-V Dojo.

Evaluator Group Report on Liqid Composable Infrastructure
In this report from Eric Slack, Senior Analyst at the Evaluator Group, learn how Liqid’s software-defined platform delivers comprehensive, multi-fabric composable infrastructure for the industry’s widest array of data center resources.
Composable Infrastructures direct-connect compute and storage resources dynamically—using virtualized networking techniques controlled by software. Instead of physically constructing a server with specific internal devices (storage, NICs, GPUs or FPGAs), or cabling the appropriate device chassis to a server, composable enables the virtual connection of these resources at the device level as needed, when needed.

Download this report from Eric Slack, Senior Analyst at the Evaluator Group to learn how Liqid’s software-defined platform delivers comprehensive, multi-fabric composable infrastructure for the industry’s widest array of data center resources.
IDC: SaaS Backup and Recovery: Simplified Data Protection Without Compromise
Although the majority of organizations have a "cloud first" strategy, most also continue to manage onsite applications and the backup infrastructure associated with them. However, many are moving away from backup specialists and instead are leaving the task to virtual infrastructure administrators or other IT generalists. Metallic represents Commvault's direct entry into one of the fastest-growing segments of the data protection market. Its hallmarks are simplicity and flexibility of deployment

Metallic is a new SaaS backup and recovery solution based on Commvault's data protection software suite, proven in the marketplace for more than 20 years. It is designed specifically for the needs of medium-scale enterprises but is architected to grow with them based on data growth, user growth, or other requirements. Metallic initially offers either monthly or annual subscriptions through reseller partners; it will be available through cloud service providers and managed service providers over time. The initial workload use cases for Metallic include virtual machine (VM), SQL Server, file server, MS Office 365, and endpoint device recovery support; the company expects to add more use cases and supported workloads as the solution evolves.

Metallic is designed to offer flexibility as one of the service's hallmarks. Aspects of this include:

  • On-demand infrastructure: Metallic manages the cloud-based infrastructure components and software for the backup environment, though the customer will still manage any of its own on- premise infrastructure. This environment will support on-premise, cloud, and hybrid workloads. IT organizations are relieved of the daily task of managing the infrastructure components and do not have to worry about upgrades, OS or firmware updates and the like, for the cloud infrastructure, so people can repurpose that time saved toward other activities.
  • Metallic offers preconfigured plans designed to have users up and running in approximately 15 minutes, eliminating the need for a proof-of-concept test. These preconfigured systems have Commvault best practices built into the design, or organizations can configure their own.
  • Partner-delivered services: Metallic plans to go to market with resellers that can offer a range of services on top of the basic solution's capabilities. These services will vary by provider and will give users a variety of choices when selecting a provider to match the services offered with the organization's needs.
  • "Bring your own storage": Among the flexible options of Metallic, including VM and file or SQL database use cases, users can deploy their own storage, either on-premise or in the cloud, while utilizing the backup/recovery services of Metallic. The company refers to this option as "SaaS Plus."
How Parallels RAS Enhances Microsoft RDS
Microsoft Remote Desktop Services (RDS) is a well-established platform of choice when it comes to virtualization solutions for enterprises. In this white paper, you’ll learn how Parallels® Remote Application Server (RAS) takes the capabilities of Microsoft RDS a step further, complementing and enhancing its features to help system administrators perform tasks with ease.
The suite of services offered under the Microsoft RDS infrastructure is extensive, and includes Remote Desktop Session Host, Remote Desktop Virtualization Host and Remote Desktop Web Access, among others.

Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) can be integrated with Microsoft RDS to enable system administrators to centrally manage the delivery of virtual desktops and applications with ease while giving end users the functionality needed to boost productivity.

Parallels RAS is quick and easy to install, and features:

  • Straightforward licensing
  • Built-in automation capabilities
  • Support for a broad range of operating systems and mobile devices

By integrating Parallels RAS with Microsoft RDS, organizations of any size and scale can meet their unique needs.                                                                       

Download this white paper now to learn how your company can publish applications and virtual desktops seamlessly and securely to any device with the combined capabilities of Microsoft RDS and Parallels RAS.

How Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Can Help Your Business Survive the Pandemic
One of the biggest challenges businesses have faced amid the unexpected and rapid spread of COVID-19 is how to keep employees productive while adjusting to newly implemented remote work arrangements. This white paper discusses how the adoption of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solutions has helped organizations remain agile and resilient despite today’s formidable business environment.
The current pandemic created sudden changes to the way most business operate. While remote working is by no means a new concept in the workplace, it became a necessity for many organizations who had no choice but to close their physical office spaces.

There are many solutions on the market that can make remote work easier and more accessible so staff can continue to be productive, regardless of their location. But not all are created equal. A solution should be able to be deployed quickly, ensure the security of confidential data and be easy for both admins and employees to use.

That’s where virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solutions come into play.

The benefits of using VDI—rapid deployment, inherent security and simplified management—make a compelling case for its suitability as the technology to adapt to today’s new normal and prepare for future disruptions.

Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) is a VDI solution that enables organizations of all sizes to effortlessly deliver applications and virtual desktops to any endpoint device at any time. What’s more, its simple infrastructure makes it easy to implement, manage and scale, while its affordable price point keeps costs down.

Download this white paper today to understand how a VDI solution like Parallels RAS can boost your remote workforce.

The Evolution of Workforce Mobility in the Time of COVID-19 and Beyond
COVID-19 upended conventional workplace practices for many businesses, forcing a great deal to transform their in-office workforces to remote ones practically overnight. As the pandemic drags on, technology solutions such as virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) have made remote work more sustainable by providing employees with wide-ranging and secure access to the tools and applications they need to do their jobs. In this white paper, we discuss what makes VDI essential to the success of mobile
Workforce mobility and the benefits of remote working have become the new workplace standard for many companies as the pandemic continues to keep employees away from physical offices.

In addition to helping propel demand for more mobile solutions (e.g., laptops, thin clients and Bluetooth-enabled accessories), the pandemic has also emphasized the vitalness of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solutions in helping enable successful digital workplaces.

Many VDI solutions offer a centralized architecture, which simplifies various IT processes crucial to supporting remote work environments. While there is no shortage of VDI tools out there, Parallels® Remote Application Server (RAS) certainly stands out.

Parallels RAS is an all-in-one VDI solution that takes simplicity, security and cost-effectiveness to a whole new level while enabling employees to easily access work files, applications and desktops from anywhere, on any device, at any time.

Parallels RAS effectively addresses the common challenges of enabling workforce mobility, such as:

  • Limited accessibility of legacy applications or line-of-business software
  • Establishing a secure environment
  • Keeping personal and work data separate

In this white paper, you’ll learn what workforce mobility looks like in today’s business world, the key benefits and drawbacks of a mobile workforce and how Parallels RAS helps solve common remote work solutions.

Download this white paper now to discover how Parallels RAS can help transform your digital workforce to conquer today’s challenges and ensure you're well-prepared for the future.

5 Reasons to Choose Parallels RAS Over Citrix Solutions
Is your business thinking about purchasing a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution? If so, Citrix may be on your radar. While Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops has a lot to offer, it also comes with several significant limitations, especially when it comes to cost and complexity. In this white paper, we introduce you to Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS), and provide five compelling reasons why you should choose Parallels RAS over Citrix.
Virtualization is the go-to technology for organizations to develop solutions enabling employees to securely access work data and virtual desktops, and Citrix Solutions is a leading provider in the virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) field. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best VDI solution for your organization.  

In today’s fast-moving and often unpredictable business world, companies need a VDI solution that’s provides safe, secure remote access to critical data and apps while remaining simple for IT admins and end users alike.

Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) is an all-in-one VDI solution that provides:

  • Quick and easy installation
  • Unified Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) administration
  • FSLogix Profile Containers integration
  • User session monitoring
  • Automation and autoscaling
  • Straightforward licensing

When compared to Citrix, Parallels RAS is also much more affordable, faster to deploy and easier to use, which means everything can be up and running in days—not weeks or months.

Download this white paper now to discover why Parallels RAS is the only full-featured VDI solution your organization needs.

Switch to Parallels Remote Application Server and Save 60% Compared to Citrix
Saving 60% just by switching from one virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution to another sounds too good to be true, right? Wrong! Migrating from Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops to Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) can yield significant cost savings - and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Download this white paper today to learn how your organization can save up to 60% when you switch from Citrix to Parallels RAS.
Citrix Solutions is one of the most successful providers in the virtualization space. But their products come with certain limitations, including a complicated array of multiple editions and licensing modes, with each having a different feature set and rather steep price tag.

Parallels Remote Appplication Server (RAS), on the other hand, is a one stop solution for all your virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) needs.

Parallels RAS offers a single edition for on-premises, hybrid and cloud setups, which comes with a full set of enterprise-level features to help you deliver a secure, scalable and centrally managed solution.

In this white paper, we discuss the common challenges customers face with Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops and explore how you can save up to 60% on costs with Parallels RAS—all while reducing the complexity for your IT team and improving the user experience for your employees.

Download the white paper to learn more!

Growth Opportunities for MSPs, ISVs, VARs and SIs in the Post-Pandemic Era
As remote work continues to stick around even as an end to the pandemic draws near, there’s been a surge in demand for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) environments. This white paper discusses the many opportunities that have opened for MSPs, ISVs, VARs and SIs to meet this demand. We also explain how the VDI solution Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) can help you offer more value to your clients at a more affordable cost to you.

Remote working as the norm has become a reality for many organizations. Much of the global workforce has become more mobile, leading to an increase in the adoption of digital workspace technologies such as VDI and DaaS solutions.

As more companies turn to these technologies, business opportunities have multiplied for MSPs, ISVs, VARs and SIs. Not all companies have the in-house IT talent to maintain and manage virtualized environments, so third-party service providers offering VDI- and DaaS-related services can step up to fill this gap.

Services that can be offered in this space include:

  • Consulting and assessment of an organization’s VDI/DaaS readiness.
  • Implementation and deployment of VDI/DaaS solutions.
  • Managed services to ensure optimal solution performance.

Partnering with Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) gives MSPs, ISVs, VARs and SIs even more lucrative opportunities for growth. The features and license model of Parallels RAS allow you to maximize earnings while offering clients an all-in-one VDI solution that takes simplicity, security and cost-effectiveness to a whole new level.

Download this white paper now to learn more about how you can leverage the surge in VDI demand and grow your business with Parallels RAS.

The Road from VAR to MSP: How to Successfully Transition from One-Off to Recurring Revenue
Managed services providers (MSPs) are benefitting from a surge in demand as many companies engage third-party services to help them enable remote work environments. In this white paper, you’ll learn how value-added resellers (VARs) can also transition their business to leverage these growing opportunities. We also explain how Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) can be an excellent solution for MSPs and VARs to leverage to meet customer demand for remote work solutions.

Organizations today face a transformed business landscape where having a mobile workforce has become more of a rule rather than the exception. With the many challenges in managing remote working environments and the lack of adequately skilled IT staff in most companies, outside help is often needed. This is where managed services come in.

Enterprises rely on MSPs to help maintain their IT infrastructure, and more recently, for the deployment and management of remote work solutions. With the wealth of opportunities available in this space, VARs can also grab a share of the lucrative managed services pie by slowly shifting their business model to that of an MSP.

Making the transition from VAR to MSP, however, requires adequate preparation and changes in the way you offer and provide services.

In this white paper, we cover the essential points that both VARs and MSPs should know about in order to maximize revenue opportunities, including:

  • Understanding the difference between VAR and MSP.
  • How to develop an MSP service model.
  • The key steps in transitioning from VAR to MSP.

Offering the right technology to your clients also plays a huge role in your success. Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) is a simple, secure, cost-effective VDI solution built to enable today’s remote workforces that you can provide to customers to meet their needs while increasing your margins.

Download this white paper to learn more about Parallels RAS, understand the benefits of the Parallels RAS Partner Program and learn how to become a partner to accelerate your business growth.

How Parallels RAS Helps Institutions Deliver a Better Virtual Education Experience for Students
The COVID-19 pandemic had a huge impact on education, with institutions and learners having to adapt to a mix of online and in-person teaching. Remote and hybrid learning can certainly be challenging, but with the right technology solutions, institutions can provide students with a better virtual education experience. This white paper discusses how virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) facilitates remote learning and how Parallels® Remote Application Server (RAS) can help create an improved virtu

Hybrid and remote learning environments have been on the rise since the start of the pandemic and will likely continue until the health risk abates completely. The good news is that virtualization technology has helped make educational resources more readily accessible to staff and students regardless of device and/or location, allowing teaching and learning to continue despite the pandemic.

This whitepaper identifies how virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) enables better virtual learning environments by providing greater accessibility, mobility and flexibility for users. In addition, VDI can further enhance virtual education because it creates a customized learning experience by:

  • Giving students access to application on any device.
  • Providing tailored access to educational IT infrastructure.
  • Delivering relevant applications based on students’ individual requirements.

Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) is an all-in-one, cost-efficient VDI solution that provides seamless, secure access to educational applications and desktops to all stakeholders - administrators, educators, and students.
Download this whitepaper today and find out why so many educational institutions choose Parallels RAS for VDI and application delivery to create more effective virtual learning environments.