Getting Started with Citrix VDI-in-a-Box


Getting Started with Citrix VDI-in-a-Box
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  • 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

Preface
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
Index
  • 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 (http://www.vitalizeconsultancy.co.uk), 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.

            Approach

            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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