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Is There a Microsoft “Mobile First, Cloud First” Strategy for VDI?

Since Satya Nadella became Microsoft’s CEO, “mobile first, cloud first” is the new mantra.  But what about Windows desktops and applications delivered from the cloud?  If you want to establish an enterprise-level VDI or remote desktop environment that is only based on Microsoft products and components, you will be confronted with different management challenges. WhileContinue Reading

Written on April 15, 2014 at 3:55 pm, by

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GPU Accelerated VDI

A little while ago, VDI expert and community fellow Ruben Spruijt (@rspruijt) asked Shawn Bass (@shawnbass) and me if we want to join him to write a new “smackdown” whitepaper on hardware accelerated graphics solutions for VDI. In the past, Ruben has published a number of such comparison whitepapers covering various topics, and they enjoyContinue Reading

Written on January 26, 2014 at 7:23 pm, by

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SenseConnector – an RDP Client for Hyper-V and Azure

I like to get my fingers dirty with new Windows tools and technologies. Typically, I only believe what I see in my own test lab. This helps me both in my role as CTO for bluecue consulting and as an active member of the virtualization community. A typical scenario is that I install an entireContinue Reading

Written on September 26, 2013 at 8:57 pm, by

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Remoting Protocol Testing Methodology

Over the last couple of weeks and months, Shawn Bass and I have presented the latest findings of our remoting protocols comparison tests at several industry events, such as Citrix Synergy, BriForum and VMworld. Even though I have already published a blog article on “How to Compare Remoting Protocols”, session attendees are still asking usContinue Reading

Written on September 9, 2013 at 7:08 pm, by

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My Thoughts on Synergy 2013

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the CTP meeting followed by Citrix Synergy in Anaheim. In contrast to last year, I must say that this time it was a great experience. Citrix seems to be back on track when it comes to their “bread-and-butter” business around XenApp and XenDesktop. During his keynote, Citrix CEOContinue Reading

Written on May 29, 2013 at 10:32 am, by

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Is Windows Server 2012 RDS finally good enough?

When Shawn Bass and I attended the Microsoft MVP Summit in February, we presented the latest results of our remoting protocol comparison tests to the Microsoft Remote Desktop Services product team. The good news is that generally speaking they confirmed all our findings – the RDS product team has a long history of conducting theirContinue Reading

Written on March 3, 2013 at 11:59 am, by

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Fall 2012 Events

Summer break is over, and the fall 2012 conference and event season starts here and now. I’m getting ready to meet with Shawn Bass at Frankfurt airport this Sunday and fly to Billund in Denmark. From there, our community friend Rene Vester will pick us up and bring us to the Atea training facilities inContinue Reading

Written on August 31, 2012 at 8:29 pm, by

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My TechEd 2012 Thoughts

After being a speaker on the Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Community Roadshow and an attendee of Microsoft TechEd in Amsterdam, I want to share with you what my thoughts are on Microsoft’s current strategy. I get the impression that the more people are complaining and bitching about the Windows 8 user interface, the more relaxedContinue Reading

Written on June 28, 2012 at 10:39 pm, by

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How to Compare Remoting Protocols

If you want to learn about a good way of comparing remoting protocols such as Microsoft RDP/RemoteFX, Citrix ICA/HDX, VMware/Teradici PCoIP and Quest EOP, this article is for you. As you may already know, Shawn Bass and I have invested substantial time into testing and comparing the most popular Windows remoting protocols in our vendor-independentContinue Reading

Written on November 15, 2011 at 7:19 pm, by

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RemoteFX Backgrounder

Over the next weeks, Shawn Bass and I will be presenting our latest results on comparing remoting protocols at different events and conferences, such as BriForum and Microsoft TechEd. One of the protocols we are testing intensively is Microsoft RDP 7.1 with RemoteFX, typically only referred to as “RemoteFX”. Now people started asking me questionsContinue Reading

Written on April 30, 2011 at 10:48 am, by

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