Desktop Virtualization

  • Hands On with ControlUp Version 8.2

    Tom Fenton looks at some of new features included with this release, the biggest and most visible of which is ControlUp SOLVE, a web-based monitoring tool for end user computer environments.

  • Hands on with VMware Horizon 8 (2012)

    After covering some of the new features and changes in the connection server and clients with version 2012 of the desktop and app virtualization product, Tom Fenton updates his environment and takes a closer look at changes.

  • What's New in VMware Horizon 8 Version 2012

    Tom Fenton explains some of the new features and changes in the connection server and clients with version 2012 of the desktop and app virtualization product.

  • Using RDSH with Horizon

    Tom Fenton enables a Windows server to stream applications, configures VMware Horizon to broker these applications to specific users and shows how to monitor streaming applications.

  • Using Windows 10 Multiple Desktops

    Tom Fenton believes that multiple desktops will increase your productivity and decrease the clutter on your desktop as it allows you to group your desktops by different workflows.

  • Hands on with VMware Horizon 8 (2006)

    The two biggest changes in Horizon 8 are that it now includes instant clones as a standard feature, and the capability to use Horizon 8 in public clouds.

  • Setting Up and Working with Amazon WorkSpaces, Part 4

    After previously detailing how to set up WorkSpaces using Simple AD for Active Directory, services, Tom Fenton looks at some available tools to monitor WorkSpaces.

  • Setting Up and Working with Amazon WorkSpaces, Part 3

    Tom Fenton shows how to set up Active Directory services for his newly created WorkSpaces and deploy them.

  • Setting Up and Working with Amazon WorkSpaces, Part 2

    After previously writing about different options available to use Active Directory services with WorkSpaces, Tom Fenton details how he set up his WorkSpace.

  • Building a Desktop-as-a-Service Environment in the AWS Cloud, Part 2: Create a WorkSpace

    After previously stepping through how to create an Active Directory environment, Brien Posey continues the discussion by showing you how to create the actual WorkSpace.

  • Setting Up and Working with Amazon WorkSpaces, Part 1

    Tom Fenton begins a series of how-to articles about the Desktop-as-a-Service solution, Amazon WorkSpaces, which usually requires Active Directory (AD) services delivered to WorkSpaces desktops. Here, he outlines various methods to deliver AD services to WorkSpaces desktops.

  • Building a Desktop-as-a-Service Environment in the AWS Cloud, Part 1

    Brien Posey shows how to deploy an AWS based Active Directory infrastructure, and how to then create a Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) deployment that leverages that cloud-based directory.

  • VMware Horizon 7.13 Released

    VMware recently announced the availability of what is probably the last release of Horizon 7: Horizon 7.13. The EOL of Horizon 7 is to be expected as Horizon 8 was released earlier this year.

  • Choosing Between Virtual Desktop Infrastructure or Hosted Desktop Infrastructure

    Amid the massive work-from-home surge, Tom Fenton says organizations planning for long-term remote work may be better off with VDI, while those who will see workers returning to their offices may like an HDI scheme.

  • Kubernetes Stars in Cisco SD-WAN, VMware Desktop Hypervisor

    Kubernetes, one of the most popular open source projects ever, continues to shine in a software-defined wide-area networking offering from Cisco and new desktop hypervisor products from VMware.

  • In Contrast to 'Permanent Remote Work,' VMware Messaging Touts 'Return-to-Office'

    Virtualization kingpin VMware was quick to tout its wares for the remote work explosion caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, but its recent messaging has shifted to a "return-to-office" theme in a sign that the company may be looking forward to a recovery period soon.

  • What's Coming in VMware Horizon 8

    Tom Fenton gets a peek at what's coming in the commercial desktop and app virtualization product and offers his opinions on the best new features, including broader Instant Clone support and more.

  • Windows Virtual Desktop Boosts Azure Integration, Teams Meetings

    Microsoft has made generally available two new features of Windows Virtual Desktop: Azure portal integration for easier deployment and management, and audio/video redirection for Microsoft Teams to boost the meetings experience.

  • Green Motherboard

    Using Graphic Cards with Virtual Machines, Part 2

    Tom Fenton, after earlier demonstrating how he used Virtual Dedicated Graphics Acceleration (vDGA) -- a technology which provides a VM with unrestricted, fully-dedicated access to a host's GPUs -- to use a server with a powerful graphics card in a VM, now shows how he added that VM to Horizon and the results of testing to assess its performance.

  • Using Graphic Cards with Virtual Machines

    Tom Fenton details how he developed a Virtual Dedicated Graphics Acceleration (vDGA) VM to effectively create a powerful virtual workstation that could be delivered using VMware Horizon by passing through a GPU.

  • Working from Home Via VMware Horizon in the Age of COVID-19, Part 2

    Tom Fenton further details his solution for getting remote workers up and running in a timely manner with minimal hardware requirements and user impact using VMware Horizon.

  • What's New in VMware Horizon 7 Version 7.11, CART 5.3 and DEM 9.10

    This release of VMware's virtual desktop infrastructure software is huge, says our local VMware expert Tom Fenton, who details the new offering here and explains how VMware is going all in with their HTML5-based Horizon Console and is giving a definitive deadline for the retirement of their Flash-based Horizon.

  • First Look: Hands-On with Windows Terminal

    Tom Fenton goes under the hood of Windows Terminal (currently only available in Preview Mode).

  • How To Install and Use NetropyVE

    The software version of the WAN emulator hardware appliance Netropy is installed as a virtual appliance on vSphere, has a GUI interface, and can inject jitter, latency, and packet loss into a network stream. Here's how to get started.

  • Yellow Sky Graphic

    Hands on with VMware Horizon 7 Version 7.9 and CART 5.1

    Tom Fenton takes the new release for a spin to look at the new and enahnced features, along with what's missing from making it completely comparable to Horizon Administrator.