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Getting Started with Citrix VDI-in-a-Box

Book Description

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

  • 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

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.

Table of Contents

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