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Getting Started with Citrix VDI-in-a-Box

Stuart Arthur Brown

Design and deploy virtual desktops using Citrix VDI-in-a-Box
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Book Details

ISBN 139781782171041
Paperback86 pages

About This Book

  • 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

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.

Table of Contents

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?
Architecture overview
What IT challenges can VDI-in-a-Box address?
A high-level overview of the configuration process
Chapter 2: Designing and Sizing Citrix VDI-in-a-Box
Sizing the servers
RAID 0 versus RAID 1 versus RAID 10
Choosing the right hypervisor
Data stores
Pooled and personal desktops
Microsoft activation
How many golden images do you need?
VIAB templates
Profile management
Antivirus (AV) for VDI
High availability (N + 1)
Disaster recovery
Chapter 3: Building and Configuring Citrix VDI-in-a-Box
Installing the hypervisor
Importing Citrix VIAB
Creating the Citrix VIAB grid
Grid IP address
Kiosk mode
Licensing VDI-in-a-Box
Connecting to the grid
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
Thin clients
Connecting from mobile devices
Supporting Citrix VDI-in-a-Box
Chapter 4: How Organizations Are Using Citrix VDI-in-a-Box
Benefits of VDI-in-a-Box
Business drivers and use cases
Case study – The Attwater group
Chapter 5: Conducting a Successful Proof of Concept
Planning the POC
Expanding the proof of concept

What You Will Learn

  • 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.


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