1.4. Virtualization Considerations

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) has come a long way in the past few years. In short, VDI is the practice of hosting one or more virtual desktop operating systems on a desktop operating system. The desktop operating system is referred to as the host, and the virtual systems are referred to as virtual machines, virtual images, and sometimes just virtual applications.

As an example, you can run an instance of Windows 7 as the host operating system. Then, within the Windows 7 host, you can run other operating systems such as Windows XP, another virtual machine running Windows 7, and a third running Windows Server 2008.

With the cheap but abundant processing power built into desktop PCs, using VDI is now being ...

Get Windows® 7 Desktop Support and Administration: Real World Skills for MCITP Certification and Beyond now with O’Reilly online learning.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from 200+ publishers.