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Building a Windows Server 2012 RDS Test Environment

I’m traveling a lot and I like to be able to test and demo things while I’m on the road. This is why I wanted to build an entire Windows Server 2012 RDS environment on my Windows 8 laptop with Hyper-V installed. A major goal was to make sure that I can play around withContinue Reading

Written on April 28, 2013 at 5:07 pm, 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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Windows 8 Hyper-V Unleashed

Only a couple of months ago I wrote an article about how to use a Windows 8 tablet as a client hypervisor. Inspired by the promising results of this first test, I decided to go a big step further. I got me an HP EliteBook 8560w laptop with i7 CPU, 32GB of RAM, NVIDIA Quadro GPU andContinue Reading

Written on January 31, 2013 at 9:48 pm, by

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Why Desktop Virtualization

At one of the virtualization conferences where I presented a breakout session, I was asked to join a couple of other speakers for a panel discussion. To my big surprise, the conversation got sort of confusing when the question “What are the benefits of desktop virtualization?” came up. I thought that by now everyone inContinue Reading

Written on December 30, 2012 at 4:42 pm, by

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Windows 8 as Client Hypervisor

In the past, I’ve been using Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 with Hyper-V activated on my laptop. For more details, read my two blog articles Building a Hyper-V Client Hypervisor – An Experiment and Building a Hyper-V Client Hypervisor – Part 2. But now Windows 8 is available, and it comes with a built-in clientContinue Reading

Written on September 30, 2012 at 7:55 pm, by

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Client of the Future

A couple of months ago, Citrix invited me to join a GeekSpeak Live panel session about the client of the future. I was on stage with three other virtualization experts, and we were having a lively conversation about what we think where remoting clients will be going. One of the other speakers on the panelContinue Reading

Written on March 26, 2012 at 7:40 am, by

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New Tutorials

A couple of days ago I created a new section on my website, called Tutorials. I want to use this section as a library for documents I create when testing new RDS or virtualization functionalities or when preparing for delivering presentations or training classes. I started uploading a couple of documents I have already createdContinue Reading

Written on January 7, 2012 at 10:25 am, 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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RemoteApp on Windows 7

Many people know RemoteApp programs as applications that are accessed remotely through Remote Desktop Services on Windows Server 2008 (R2). RemoteApp programs appear as if they are running seamlessly on the end user’s local computer. Not many people know that RemoteApp programs are also configurable on Windows 7.

Written on August 31, 2011 at 7:50 pm, by

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Lie to me – Using Built-in Windows System Filters

I bit more than a week ago, I presented a brand new technical session at BriForum in Chicago. It had the title “Lie to me – Using built-in Windows system filters in virtual desktops”. In this article I want to give you a brief overview of what I shared with the BriForum attendees.

Written on July 31, 2011 at 8:28 pm, by

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