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  • Understand key concepts, terminology, and system requirements
  • Discover how components work in regards to virtualization and performance
  • Identify architectural resource layers and components
  • Explore the hypervisor virtualization software that runs on top of the hardware and learn how to tune it for maximum performance
  • Analyze client hardware and software, including thin clients and mobile devices

Citrix XenDesktop is a suite of desktop virtualization tools designed to provide users with fast and convenient access to their Windows desktops and applications through any device. Virtual desktops mean that rather than setting up hundreds or thousands of individual computers in an enterprise, companies can instead opt to create servers with large amounts of memory, disk, and processing resources, and use virtualization to offer these resources to end users. The result of this is that users are provided with an experience that appears to be identical to having an individual desktop PC. Each user has some disk space, processor time, and memory allocated to them, as though it is present on their own physical machine, when in reality, the resources are physically present on a centralized server.

This book starts by answering the basic questions you need to ask when considering XenDesktop, followed by methods of how you can properly size your server infrastructure for XenDesktop. You’ll discover how to optimize the virtual machines used in XenDesktop, how to optimize your network for XenDesktop, and how to optimize the hypervisor and the cloud. You’ll also learn how to monitor XenDesktop to maximize performance.

By the end of the book, you will be able to plan, design, build, and deploy high performance XenDesktop Virtualization systems in enterprises. You will also know how to monitor and maintain your systems to ensure smooth operation.

  • Size the VDI environment so the administrator has breathing room to design and build their XenDesktop systems efficiently
  • Use desktop virtualization tools to provide users fast, convenient access to their Windows Desktops
  • Understand the key pinch points in the resource layers such as; the Client layer, Network Layer, Access Layer, Control Layer, Services Layer and Resources Layer
Page Count 212
Course Length 6 hours 21 minutes
ISBN 9781785287688
Date Of Publication 28 Dec 2015


Craig Thomas Ellrod

Craig has more than thirty years' experience in the computer industry and holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from California State University, Chico, and a Masters in Business Administration from Pepperdine University. He has held many positions in the computer industry including software programmer; support engineer; field and corporate system engineer; technical marketing manager; product marketing manager; and product manager. He has worked for companies such as Celerity Computing; Emulex; Pinnacle Micro; Sync Research; Cisco Systems; Citrix Systems; Extreme Networks; Akamai Technologies; and smaller startup ventures. Craig currently works for Akamai as a Solutions Engineer and System Architect in the Rockies region of the USA. He has authored patent applications and patent designs and received an innovation award while at Extreme Networks. Craig is passionate about Technical Marketing and has written many deployment guides, books, and video tutorials. Throughout his career, Craig has developed an in-depth, hands-on knowledge of virtualization, especially with regard to hypervisors such as Hyper-V, VMware ESXi, XenServer, Linux KVM, and others. Craig has written books on Technical Marketing, Getting Started with XenDesktop 7.x, and XenDesktop High Performance; he has also authored a XenApp 6.5 video series.