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Microsoft Virtualization

November 29, 2012

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By the way, sorry good and amazing readers, the last couple of posts and likely the next few are my notes from a series of Microsoft Windows 8 sessions. Some of it may not make a lot of sense – sorry! – Todd

Jeff Chin – Windows Client Solution Specialist

Microsoft Desktop Virtualization

Jeff’s comment is that the best way to have one experience on multiple devices, is through desktop virtualization.

User state
Change the device, keep your experience
User Experience Virtualization (UE-V)
Folder Redirection

Applications
Virtually any application, anywhere
Application Virtualization (App-V)
RemoteApp

Operating System
Windows everywhere
Microsoft VDI
Client Hyper-V
MED-V

Server 2012 and Windows 8 we have more ways to deliver this than ever before. Jeff says “Deliver virtualization to the user through a more comprehensive platform”

Microsoft User State Virtualization
User Experience Virtualization (UE-V)
*Available as of November 5, 2012

Personal and Flexible
App and OS personalization roam across Windows
Syncs are smart and logins are fast
Application or OS configuration not required

Simple and Versatile
Templates automate identification of settings location

Integrated and Scalable

Demo
Logged into a computer, personalized the desktop, setup a favourite, edited the ribbon in Word. Logged off, then logged into a different computer, and everything was there, but not a lot of stuff to load. – loaded quick. Then went to a windows 8 tablet, settings all came across too. Very, very, very nice.

User Experience Template Wizard
Makes it very easy to manage the user experience, and virtualize applications.

Microsoft Application Virtualization
Apps appear to be locally installed, but aren’t really. Key for Microsoft is that they feel we are going to be continuing to use apps in a legacy format. As we move to an online world, the application virtualization seems to be less important.

App-V 5.0
Virtual application extension makes virtual apps work as if locally installed
Windows standards make virutal apps easier to troubleshoot
No dedicated drive letter required

Virtual application connection lets multiple virtual apps work together
Designed to support highly integrated applications
Builds on investments in previous versions of app-v

optimize disk space in VDI with shared content store
Web-based UI allows IT pros to discover and use management features
Centrally manage application usage/distribution

Can run multiple versions of the same applications…

Microsoft RemoteApp: Powered by RDS
Hosted Virtual Applications
Server 2012 and virtualization…

Can host a pool of Windows 7 machines, and host a remote app from one of these desktops, not just from the server.

VDI in Server 2012
Can do via Sessions, Pooled VMs, Personal VMs

RemoteFX
much better now in server 2012

Demonstrated Cut the Rope running in a Remote Desktop, touch interface under Windows 8. Very, very cool.

Client HyperV built right into Windows 8, local virtual desktops….

no changes needed to move VM’s between server and client! Whoa. Cool.

Very interesting software, and can be done extremely well. Looks like it can be used in multiple mays depending on your use case. Those who implement it, will need to put some serious thought into why they want to do it, and how they are going to integrate it!

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