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More virtualization updates


Hey folks;

Have you ever thought of just how long it takes to setup a new XPSP3 system with MS office updates, IE8 and all the patching? Now don’t forget that M$ will be removing support on XPSP3 in less than 3 years so you will also need to think about updating hardware to use the new Windows 7 or 8! (Have I got your attention – read on)

Well I don’t want you to worry because Virtualization has made its way to the  desktop too! VDI is a way to boot a static image in order to connect to a terminal session on a virtual machine (wow talk about everything old becomes new again eh?). We have been busy setting up VDI in a box (from Kaviza) and using X2 (Virtual Desktop Server) to deliver and control a PXE image to boot old computers without the need for a hard drive. Kaviza has a VM that runs on the free version of VMware or Xenserver and X2 is free for a few clients.

We will post some statistics when we have more information but we have it working in the lab on some test systems. More info is available from www.x2.com and http://www.kaviza.com.

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  1. June 11, 2011 at 10:58 am

    *UPDATE*

    We have had sucess booting an image to connect to the terminal servers and there is software/hardware available to to purchase in order to streamline the VDI project but we are stil looking for a cheaper solution to use existing PCs to connect to a Virtualized desktop server with little or no re-investment. I will update everyone once we have a solution so stay tuned!

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