Archive for March, 2010

Interested in VDI but think its too expensive for you ?

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

The head on over to the joint Microsoft and Citrix site and see how you can save a whopping 70% on the cost of implementing your first solution.

Read all about it at http://www.citrixandmicrosoft.com/. There’s even a training lab at https://cmg.vlabcenter.com/default.aspx?moduleid=281742e3-2613-42da-bd58-2c3578f039b4┬áthat walks you through installing the whole solution.

How to size an Operations Manager 2007 R2 solution

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Take the guesswork out of your deployments by making use of Microsoft sizing guide to SCOM 2007 R2 – simple to use as its leverages Excel to deliver the answer, download the workbook here.

Service Pack 1 announced for Windows 2008 R2

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Great news. Microsoft have started to release news about SP 1 for Windows 2008 R2. Still slated for release in Q4, there are two major announcements for anyone interested in virtualisation – RemoteFX which essentially supercharges the vide experience for end users of Remote Desktop Services. So powerfullis this that for once Citrix will be licensing the Microsoft solution on graphics acceleration ratehr than the other way round. Read more about it here.

The other big announcement is dynamic memory allocation in Hyper-V. You can read about that here. VMWares “killer” feature has always been memory over commit. Essentially it just pages non used memory to the hard drive so in highly virtualised environments where VM’s need to use their RAM this can lead to excessive paging and poorly performing infrastructures. However, it is still the number 1 reason why people choose VMWare over other virtualisation vendors so even though, in my opinion, its not as great as its cracked up to be, if you ant to do virtualisation then you have to offer this functionality. The good news its, that’s one less reason to spend a fortune on VMWare if you are on a budget.