Feb
09

ProfileUnity Flexing the Muscle with FlexApp 5.5

ProfileUnity FlexApp version 5.5 looks really good. Some of my earlier annoyances with the product have been wiped cleaned. The product always did it’s job but the new UI will go along way it giving people the warm fuzzy feeling after they have spent the cash on the product.

Automatic setup of Microsoft Active Directory is now apart of the setup.

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Oct
05

50 VMware Tips Covering The Depth of End User Confusion

Here is my slide deck from BriForum 2012. Some of the tips have already been explained. You can find all my EUC tips under Topic Areas on the right on side of the website or here. I will try to get them all explained, 1 a day till they’re all done.
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Aug
16

10 things in AD that can hurt your Application and Desktop Virtualization efforts and how to fix them

One of the best sessions at BriForum 2012 came the way of Carl Webster. Lots of prep-work and material at the ready for the audience. Carl used four separate test environments for his session, Windows 2003, Windows 2008, Windows 2008 R2 and Windows 2012.

While I think Carl spends a lot of time with Citrix the content is valuable for everyone, View, XenDesktop and for PC lovers a like.

You can find a copy of his presentation at the bottom of the page. THE GOODS

Jun
25

My Top 5 Sessions I Want to See at BriForum 2012

While at BriForum 2012 in Chicago the Top 5 sessions I want to see are:

1) How SAML, OAUTH, and Other Identity Federation Solutions Work in a Windows Enterprise, and Why Windows Apps Can’t be More Like Web Apps

I am doing lots with Horizon Application Manager so hopefully this will help further my understanding of SAML.

2)The Essential VDI Design Guide
The presenter, Dan Brinkmann is a straight shooter and tells it like it is. Look forward to hearing his advice.

3) VDI is Less Secure Than Physical Desktops: The Reality That Nobody Wants to Talk About
This should be a blood bath. My opinion is on the other side of the fence so it will be great to hear the presenters side of the story.

4) 10 Ways My Users Said, “FUIT”
Should be funny but yet have some good value. I think the saying “Funny because it’s true” will get applied a lot.

5)10 Things in AD That Can Hurt Your Application and Desktop Virtualization Efforts (And How to Fix Them)
It’s always the things you can’t control that bite you in the _ _ _. I hope I can get a couple steps ahead with this session.

Jun
23

50 VMware Tips Covering Whole Depth of End User Confusion at BriForum

The title is right! End User Confusion, it what happens when you make a mistake and then another and then another. Your end users get pretty confused. I am speaking at BriForum again my sessions is 50 VMware Tips Covering Whole Depth of End User Confusion. I Will cover VMware View tips over 6 main topic areas: Storage, Deployment, Operational Tips, Application, Network Optimization and User Persona. I will deliver a balanced count of tips and tricks over all the topic areas. I am hoping that it will be somewhat funny but I would keep your expectations low so I can beat them!

I like BriForum because off all the independent, expert speakers that you can go and talk to during and after their sessions. It’s a great feeling knowing you can get help and someone won’t be calling you in a week to sell you something. If desktop virtualization, VDI, Application Virtualization is in your wheel house, come check out my session and all the other great content waiting at BriForum 2012.

Since I want to deliver some new content not on my blog, it could be spare for VDI Tips for awhile. Come see it first at BriForum.

Mar
07

VDI-IOmark – VDI Storage Benchmarking For People With A Schedule

Translating Max IOPS into how many users you can fit onto a storage array(s) can be a pretty complicated question to ask of someone. Workloads are random between users, different blocks sizes are hitting the storage, AV is getting in the way and the list goes on and on. 20 IOPS per user is big joke in the VDI space. While 20 IOPS may represent the average, the deviation from that number can be astonishing. I encourage you watch Applied Math for VDI Design: A Statistical Approach to Designing VDI Environments. The session was presented at BriFourm last year and now is free. If you watch the video, you will see and understand what you need to be planning for.

VDI-IOmark from Evaluator Group is a tool that can tests your storage subsystem with realistic workloads. IOmeter can only give you simulated IO and not all the crazy behaviors of actual workload. VDI-IOmark uses workload replay from previous work captured from VMware RAWC implementation(View Planner). VDI-IOmark has 64 unique replays. The workloads range from 5 IOPS -20 IOPS on average but have peaks over 100. Microsoft Office(Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook), Internet Explorer, 7zip and Windows Media Player were all used to creat the replay. Boot and steady were also included in the replay. The tests are not dependent on your server platform, switching fabric or storage protocol so that’s a big thumbs up but it doesn need to run on .

The great thing about VDI-IO mark it that requires less the time to configure than building out a full environment. This is great if want to repurpose some old storage and test it our prior too or if you’re a consultant, you can do apple to apple comparisons between different vendors. Also since is each replay file contains 8 workloads test you can test your storage subsystem will less server hardware, you don’t need all the RAM it would normally take in a traditional LoginVSI or View Planner test. It’s always hard to get more money for test gear but people always want to know what the expensive box can do in the datacenter.
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Jul
26

#VDI TIP 40 :Find your Registry Settings with ThinAppHelper

Ron Olgesby gave me a great idea after seeing him present on why you should use GPO’s(Group Policy Objects) instead of using registry hacks. He mentioned using Systracer from Blue Project Software to figure out difficult registry settings when building your GPO’s. The only problem I had with Systracer is that you have to pay for it. Being a View Premier customer we already had a ThinApp license for packing so that got me thinking. If I use ThinApp with it’s before and after use of snapshots of the system and a free tool from http://thinapphelper.cis.nl/ you can create a winning combination.

ThinAppHelper is GUI based program that gives you a visual view of your packages of instead of going through ini files and the registry. It’s also good at finding install bloat causing your packages to get to big and slow. Though the main thing I want to focus on for this article is the view of the registry it gives you and it’s FREE!!!

The Process
1. ThinApp Prescan
2. Install App
3. Post scan, you can skip the build
4. You can use thinapphelper right away, if there is too many entries for you, go to step 5.
5. ThinApp Prescan
6. Change your settings
7. Post scan, and you will have a much smaller view of the registry settings.
I hope this helps you out.

Dwayne Lessner

Jul
17

My Time at BriForum

Looking forward to the week ahead. It will be great to meet some people from the land of twitter and learn from an expert group of peers in the industry. It’s also equally as good that most of the speakers are independent and are able to think freely and openly.
My Schedule for BriForum:

Monday

     
    Registration and Supper with the rest of the BriForum Speakers

Tuesday

    Going Beyond Templates and Clones: Automate Your OS Deployments and Become a Deployment Guru by Mike Nelson

 

    Lie To Me: Using Built-in Windows System Filter in Virtual Desktops by: Benny Tritsch

 

    Completely Configuring Your Desktops via Windows 2008 R2 GPOs: How to Live Without “Registry Hacks” in Your Images! by Ron Oglesby

 

    AntiVirus Strategy and VDI by Vincent Branger

 

 

    A Quick Look at Windows ThinPC by Gabe Knuth

 

 

    Evening: Baseball Game Cubs vs Phillies

 

Wednesday

 

 

    BYOC: Real World Implementation and Implications by Cláudio Rodrigues

 

 

    Show up for my session! Cutting Edge Operational VDI Tips: Prevention of Becoming Bleeding Edge

 

    Windows IOPS Deep Dive: What IOPS Means to You and Why You Can’t Do VDI Without Knowing About Them by Jim Moyle

 

    Project Virtual Reality Check (VRC) Part 2: Latest and Unpublished Results by Jeroen van de Kamp

 

    RDP, RemoteFX, ICA/HDX, PCoIP, EOP, Blaze, and RGS: Remoting Protocols Turned Inside Out v2.0 by Benny Tritsch & Shawn Bass

 

    Evening: Geek Out Event Match your wits and test your skills during this exciting, light-hearted “geek” game show.

     

Thursday

    Mandatory and Default User Profile Tuning by Jon Wallace

 

    Reducing IOPS & Utilization While Improving Performance in VDI: A Guide to Building Consistent, Predictable Virtual Desktops by : Michael Thomason

 

    Catch my flight home to use the new tools\information on Friday