Getting Started with Citrix VDI-in-a-Box

Getting Started with Citrix VDI-in-a-Box
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Table of Contents
Sample Chapters
  • Design a Citrix VDI-in-a-Box solution
  • Get the budget for Citrix VDI-in-a-Box by building a case
  • Implement a Citrix VDI-in-a-Box proof of concept and Citrix VDI-in-a-Box solution

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 86 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : September 2013
ISBN : 1782171045
ISBN 13 : 9781782171041
Author(s) : Stuart Arthur Brown
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Enterprise Products and Platforms, Virtualization and Cloud, Enterprise

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Background and Benefits of Citrix VDI-in-a-Box
Chapter 2: Designing and Sizing Citrix VDI-in-a-Box
Chapter 3: Building and Configuring Citrix VDI-in-a-Box
Chapter 4: How Organizations Are Using Citrix VDI-in-a-Box
Chapter 5: Conducting a Successful Proof of Concept
  • Chapter 1: Background and Benefits of Citrix VDI-in-a-Box
    • What is VDI-in-a-Box?
    • A brief history of Citrix VDI-in-a-Box
    • Where does VDI-in-a-Box fit?
      • Which set of our user base requires a full virtual desktop?
      • Do we need offline capabilities?
      • Which devices do we need to connect?
        • Do we have enough bandwidth?
      • Do we want to deliver persistent or non-persistent desktops?
    • Architecture overview
    • What IT challenges can VDI-in-a-Box address?
      • PCs in need of refreshing
      • Upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7 / Windows 8
      • Delivering and supporting desktops to satellite offices / home users
      • BYOD (bring-your-own-device)
      • Delivering cloud services
    • A high-level overview of the configuration process
    • Summary
    • Chapter 2: Designing and Sizing Citrix VDI-in-a-Box
      • Sizing the servers
        • Task workers
        • Knowledge workers
        • CPU
          • Example 1
          • Example 2
        • Memory
          • Example 1
          • Example 2
        • Disk IO
          • SSD
          • Example 1
          • Example 2
        • Storage
          • Example 1
      • RAID 0 versus RAID 1 versus RAID 10
        • Example 1
        • Example 2
      • Choosing the right hypervisor
      • Data stores
      • Pooled and personal desktops
      • Microsoft activation
        • Multiple Activation Key (MAK)
        • Key Management Server (KMS)
      • Applications
        • Application virtualization
        • Published applications
      • How many golden images do you need?
      • VIAB templates
        • Template name
        • Memory allocated
        • Virtual CPUs
        • Connect to local drives and devices
        • Color depth
        • Maximum and prestarted desktops
      • Profile management
      • Bandwidth
      • Printing
      • Antivirus (AV) for VDI
      • High availability (N + 1)
        • Example 1
      • Disaster recovery
      • OEM
      • Summary
      • Chapter 3: Building and Configuring Citrix VDI-in-a-Box
        • Installing the hypervisor
        • Importing Citrix VIAB
        • Creating the Citrix VIAB grid
          • Setting up the Hypervisor and Grid
          • Creating the first Windows image
          • Creating templates from your image
          • Assigning templates to users, groups, and IP addresses
            • Assigning templates to a user group
            • Assigning templates to users
            • Assigning templates to incoming IP addresses
          • Testing the connection as a user
        • SSL
        • Grid IP address
        • Kiosk mode
        • Licensing VDI-in-a-Box
        • Connecting to the grid
          • Browser
          • Receiver
          • Java client
        • Citrix Profile Manager
        • Using NetScaler VPX with VDI-in-a-Box
        • Integrating Citrix GoToAssist with VDI-in-a-Box
        • Using Citrix ShareFile with VIAB
        • Reusing old PCs
          • Citrix Desktop Lock
          • Windows Thin PC
          • Linux
        • Thin clients
        • Connecting from mobile devices
        • Supporting Citrix VDI-in-a-Box
        • Summary
        • Chapter 4: How Organizations Are Using Citrix VDI-in-a-Box
          • Benefits of VDI-in-a-Box
            • Windows operating system management
            • Application management and licensing
            • User management
            • Reusing older PCs
            • Utilizing thin clients
            • Enabling BYOD
            • Remote connectivity
          • Business drivers and use cases
            • PC refresh
            • Desktop OS upgrade
            • Satellite office
            • Bring-your-own-device (BYOD)
            • Delivering generic desktops
            • Desktop as a Service (DaaS)
          • Case study – The Attwater group
            • About Attwater & Sons Ltd. and Custom Composites Ltd.
            • Attwater & Sons Ltd. history – a life in industrial laminates
              • The challenge
              • The solution
              • The result
          • Summary
          • Chapter 5: Conducting a Successful Proof of Concept
            • Planning the POC
              • Extending the POC
              • VDI-in-a-Box evaluation license
              • Choosing the right hardware
              • Operating systems to test
              • Testing applications
                • Testing clients
                • User acceptance testing
              • What are your criteria for success?
              • Creating a business case for VDI-in-a-Box
              • Typical cost associated with VIAB
              • Building a business case
                • Extending the life of your existing PCs
                • Improved desktop uptime
                • Improved application distribution
                • Improved data security
                • Improved virus and malware protection
                • Improved disaster-recovery facilities
                • Improved application compliance
                • Increased user productivity
            • Expanding the proof of concept
            • Summary

            Stuart Arthur Brown

            Stuart Arthur Brown is a Pre-Sales Consultant, specializing in VDI. Stuart lives in Cheshire, a county in the north-west of the UK. He has worked in the Citrix reseller channel since the mid 90's, and has been involved with the design and project management of a number of shared and virtual desktop solutions. Stuart first became aware of Citrix VDI-in-a-Box in 2011, and was hugely impressed with the functionality and simplicity that the product offered; so much so that he changed the focus of his business to become a VIAB solution reseller, working with organizations to help them to successfully implement the technology. Stuart's business, Vitalize Consultancy (, is working with organizations to help them to make the right decisions with VDI, and can offer skilled consultants and a wide range of complimentary solutions.
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            What you will learn from this book

            • Create a background for Citrix VDI-in-a-Box
            • Build the architecture for VDI-in-a-Box
            • Design a VDI-in-a-Box solution
            • Size the server appliances
            • Choose the right hypervisor for your organization
            • Import and configure VDI-in-a-Box
            • Integrate with your network
            • Connect to desktops
            • Explore the options for desktop clients
            • Know the benefits of VDI

            In Detail

            Virtual desktop solutions have been around for a number of years; however, they have been complex and costly to set up, limiting the technology to larger enterprise-sized organizations. With the release of Citrix VDI-in-a-Box, organizations of all sizes can now benefit from VDI. VDI-in-a-Box is often a new area for small to mid-sized businesses, and it is vital to gain a detailed understanding of the technology to ensure a successful project.

            Getting Started with Citrix VDI-in-a-Box is a practical, hands-on guide that provides you with all the information that you need to understand the technology in detail. It provides comprehensive guidelines that will help you to design and implement a solution and it also helps you to build a case for VDI with the help of use cases and case studies.

            Getting Started with Citrix VDI-in-a-Box starts with a detailed look at the architecture of Citrix VDI-in-a-Box before moving on to discuss the design tools and implementation methodologies. It then moves on to typical use cases, including a detailed case study to enable you to position where VDI could sit in your organization. This will help you to build a strong business case for VDI by referencing the significant advantages that the technology can bring. The book finishes with a chapter describing how you can run a successful proof of concept project using existing hardware and free evaluation software.

            Getting Started with Citrix VDI-in-a-Box will enable you to introduce VDI into your organization and to utilize the incredible benefits within your management team.


            A practical and fast-paced guide that gives you all the information you need to simplify and streamline virtual desktops so you get a production-quality solution while instantly lowering your costs and improving security.

            Who this book is for

            Getting Started with Citrix VDI-in-a-Box is great for IT professionals who are new to VDI-in-a-Box and who are looking for a good grounding in the product. You may be planning to research VDI-in-a-Box in more detail, or you may be tasked with researching how VDI-in-a-Box could improve the productivity of your organization. No prior knowledge of VDI-in-a-Box is required, just an understanding of Windows networks.

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