While I wish VDI was the silver bullet for all desktops in the Enterprise, VDI can’t fit every use case. VMware Horizon Mirage can help address the use cases that don’t fit the bill, whether that’s the corporate exec in and out of airplanes, heavy intense graphics based machines in remote area or in Oil refinery with many serial based peripherals. Unfortunately not every place of the world was blessed with a persistent Internet connection, so Mirage to the rescue?
Mirage can provide centralization, management and recovery of desktops is a pretty clean fashion. Using recovering points & imaging technology, Mirage can provide recovery with optimal traffic network optimization considering the task of what it is performing. The founders of Mirage actually help to form the base of Cisco’s Wide Area Application so you can get some idea of how that helps the overall product. Knowing that Mirage can help with file recovery, OS migrations and even hardware migration makes it a pretty intriguing product. The one short fall with all physical devices left in the wild is security. One of VDI strengths is that if keeps data off the endpoint . If VDI is not a option you are left to take a different course of action. Usually implementing BitLocker, Windows Encrypted File System (EFS) or some form of full disk encryption (FDE) would wreck havoc on product like this. My goal is see what limitations Mirage would have working when security was being imposed.
The first thing to do for my testing purposes and if you have a CEO\VP working on critical documents, is to change the default system configuration settings. If you don’t, you only get to fall back to the last daily snapshot. From looking at the file structure of Mirage if you were to do a “sync now” from the client it would keep a snapshot of the sync but the rules listed to the right would rules the roost so to speak. If you had more snapshots then the rules allowed saved they would be deleted. From the image it’s also a good opportunity to change the default location for your CIFS\SMB share.