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Windows 7 and VDI: Redefining Workplace Management


In this webcast, industry experts Nelson Ruest of Resolutions Enterprises and Darryl Burns of Matrix42 will describe best practices for Windows 7 preparation, the process of transforming workplace …

In this webcast, industry experts Nelson Ruest of Resolutions Enterprises and Darryl Burns of Matrix42 will describe best practices for Windows 7 preparation, the process of transforming workplace management through virtualization, and the optimal approach for managing hybrid physical/virtual desktop environments.

To view the recorded webcast, visit http://searchenterprisedesktop.bitpipe.com/data/document.do?res_id=1305560502_315

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  • Fast and easy hardware prerequisite checkAgentless hardware scanDefault “Windows 7 ready” Inventory filter and reportContinuous migration reporting with high transparencyAutomation and Delegation of OS InstallationZero touch, hardware independentIntegrated driver cloudUser self-service provisioningFast and easy repackaging or re-utilization of existing packagesIntegrated scripting for fast packaging & automationVirtualization of incompatible software via XenApp, App-V, ThinAppEasily restore user settings and data
  • AssessmentKnow which hardware is capable of VDIKnow what the Windows licensing costs will beKnow which applications are compatibleMigrationFully automated physical to virtual migrationGo directly from Windows XP to Windows 7Migrate applications automaticallyOperationManage the hardware and the operating systemsPatching, software delivery and managementSingle pane of glass for physical and virtual


  • 1. Redefining Workplace Management
    Windows 7 and VDI
  • 2. Today’s Speakers
    © 2011, Resolutions Enterprises Ltd. & Matrix 42
  • 3. Speaker Background
    Nelson Ruest: nelson@reso-net.com
    Recent books:
    • 70-238: Deploying Messaging Solutions with Microsoft Exchange Server 2007http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/book.aspx?ID=10938&locale=en-us
    • 4. 70-652: Configuring Windows Server Virtualization with Hyper-Vhttp://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/Book.aspx?ID=13695&locale=en-us
    • 5. 70-640: Configuring Windows Server 2008 Active Directoryhttp://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/book.aspx?ID=11754&locale=en-us
    • 6. Virtualization, A Beginner’s Guide http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/007161401X/ref=nosim/gettextbooks-20
    © 2011, Resolutions Enterprises Ltd. & Matrix 42
  • 7. Speaker Background
    Darryl Burns: Darryl.Burns@matrix42.com
    • Darryl Burns is Director at Matrix42 and is responsible for all outbound Product Marketing messaging
    • 8. Over 10 years in the Client Automation/Desktop Management space
    • 9. Over 25 years as a software industry as an ISV
    © 2011, Resolutions Enterprises Ltd. & Matrix 42
  • 10. Windows 7 and VDI – Redefining Workplace Management (Nelson)
    Windows 7 Deployment & Operating Improvements
    Best Practices for Windows 7 Migration
    Transforming Workplace Management
    Creating the Ideal Workplace
    Final Thoughts
    Windows 7 and VDI migration with Matrix42 (Darryl)
    Six steps to a successful migration
    Why Windows 7 and VDI in concert?
    Desktop transformation with Matrix42 and Citrix
    © 2011, Resolutions Enterprises Ltd. & Matrix 42
  • 11. Windows is a fact of life in most IT centers
    The move from XP is tough for several reasons
    XP was reliable and proven
    No one wanted to start another deployment project right after XP
    Vista was brand new code
    No one had the budget to make the move
    IT was beginning to look at VDI
    Many PCs today are still on XP, but that will change with Windows 7
    Windows 7 Deployments
    © 2011, Resolutions Enterprises Ltd. & Matrix 42
  • 12. Windows 7 offers compelling features
    Windows XP Mode lets you run native XP applications with no conversion
    Windows 7 VHD support lets you install Windows 7 in a VHD instead of on a physical disk
    This feature alone changes the way you look at Windows 7 deployments
    There are many more features, but these two can make deployments much simpler
    Windows 7 Operating Improvements
    © 2011, Resolutions Enterprises Ltd. & Matrix 42
  • 13. Desktop deployments are daunting
    Must learn the features of the new OS
    Must perform extensive inventories
    Must prepare, package and test all applications
    Must protect and capture all user profiles
    Must upgrade most of your hardware to support the new OS
    Must use a special deployment tool that works with the new OS
    Must report on the progress throughout the project
    Classic Desktop Deployment Projects
    © 2011, Resolutions Enterprises Ltd. & Matrix 42
  • 14. Most IT personnel are interested in new products and will learn on their own
    Inventories are really only about learning what needs to be migrated
    Applications are easier to prepare
    All older applications can run in XP Mode
    All newer applications can be virtualized
    Protecting user profiles is more about implementing User State Virtualization than anything else
    Upgrading hardware may not be so tough since you can rely on VDI
    Deploying a VHD is a lot easier than an OS
    Reporting is a matter of letting Management know what is going on
    It’s not so tough with Windows 7
    © 2011, Resolutions Enterprises Ltd. & Matrix 42
  • 15. Windows 7 makes it easier to move to Virtual Desktop Infrastructures (VDI)
    VDI Models
    Stateful or Persistent Virtual Desktops
    Windows 7 Stateful Desktops can reside directly on the PC
    Stateless or Volatile Virtual Desktops
    Built on the fly
    Best in VDI environments because of build process
    Transforming Workplace Management
    © 2011, Resolutions Enterprises Ltd. & Matrix 42
  • 16. VDI environments include several key components
    Host Servers
    Desktop Delivery Controllers
    High-speed delivery mechanisms
    Remote connection links
    VDI Components
    © 2011, Resolutions Enterprises Ltd. & Matrix 42
  • 17. OS migrations boil down to 5 key activities:
    Create and configure installed OS configurations
    Package and test applications
    Protect user data
    Deploy content to users
    Report on the progress
    Creating the Ideal Workplace
    © 2011, Resolutions Enterprises Ltd. & Matrix 42
  • 18. Older system stacks covered all aspects of a desktop
    Today, the desktop is a lot simpler, a Bull’s Eye, in fact
    The Anatomy of a Desktop
    © 2011, Resolutions Enterprises Ltd. & Matrix 42
  • 19. All older applications can be included in the XP Mode VHD
    No need to package them, simply install them
    The XP Mode VHD is the package
    Install the XP Mode VHD inside the Windows 7 VHD
    Newer applications are designed for Windows 7
    Because of this, they are also designed for virtualization
    Application virtualization decouples the app from the OS much like VDI and server virtualization
    Virtual apps provide full support for the volatile VDI model
    Prepare Applications
    © 2011, Resolutions Enterprises Ltd. & Matrix 42
  • 20. Implement User State Virtualization
    Relies on Roaming Profiles
    Captures all in use data from the desktop
    Relies on Folder Redirection
    Reduces the size of the roaming profile by removing key elements—often the biggest elements—from the profile
    Both features are part of Windows networks
    Can be implemented at any time, perhaps even before your migration project
    Provides full support for the Bull’s Eye system stack
    Protect User Data
    © 2011, Resolutions Enterprises Ltd. & Matrix 42
  • 21. Creating the ideal workplace is a matter of choices
    Which target should you use?
    Which VHD model should you choose?
    How should you configure the OS?
    How should you deploy applications?
    The answers design the workplace for each user
    Power users get a local heavy desktop VHD
    Productivity users get a volatile VDI VHD
    Building the Ideal Workplace
    © 2011, Resolutions Enterprises Ltd. & Matrix 42
  • 22. Building the ideal workplace is a matter of using a flowchart to determine the user’s needs
    Building the Ideal Workplace (cont’d)
    VHD Model?
    OS Config?
    App Type?
    XP Mode
    Bull’s Eye VHD
    Ideal Workspace?
    Local VHD
    © 2011, Resolutions Enterprises Ltd. & Matrix 42
  • 23. Report on significant milestones
    Migrate all user profiles to USV right away
    Then, begin the deployment project
    Build the core VHDs
    Deploy the VDI environment
    Prepare XP Mode applications
    Prepare virtual applications
    Create local desktop VHDs
    Create volatile VHDs
    Deploy new VHDs appropriately
    Report on each step to obtain full management support
    Managing Reports
    © 2011, Resolutions Enterprises Ltd. & Matrix 42
  • 24. Windows 7 is ideal for VDI environments
    VDI is not so much about cost, but moreabout reduced management and support as well as increased mobility and flexibility for users
    There are also a lot of additional benefits: less work on endpoints, access from many clients, central control, better stability, and much more…
    Final Thoughts
    Informal poll conducted by Matrix 42 at the Citrix Synergy conference earlier this year
    © 2011, Resolutions Enterprises Ltd. & Matrix 42
  • 25. In the end, Windows 7 heralds a new way to look at workplaces
    Workplaces can be either virtual or physical
    Need the right tool to manage all environments from a single interface
    Need access to inventories, application categorizations, application virtualization, OS deployments, VHD management and more…
    With the right tool and Windows 7, you can completely transform workplace management
    Get the Right Tool
    © 2011, Resolutions Enterprises Ltd. & Matrix 42
  • 26. With Matrix42
    Windows 7 and VDI Migration
  • 27. Six steps to successful Windows 7 migration
    Matrix42’s Windows migration solution provides all the components for an easy, reliable and secure Windows 7 migration
  • 28. Fast and easy hardware prerequisite check
    Continuous migration reporting with high transparency
    Automation and role-based delegation of OS Installation
    Zero touch, hardware independent
    Integrated driver cloud
    User self-service provisioning
    Simplified repackaging or re-utilization of existing packages
    Integrated scripting for fast packaging & automation
    Virtualization of incompatible software via XenApp, App-V, ThinApp
    Easily restore user settings and data
    Why Windows 7 migration with Matrix42?
  • 29. But WAIT!!!
    Too many “old” PC’s
    High capital costs
    Significant administrative effort
    New security concerns
    Business partners
    User mobility/flexibility
    Device proliferation
    Freedom to work
    Any device
  • 30. Why Windows 7 and Virtual Desktops in concert?Virtual Desktops simplify migration and operation
    Strategy 1:
    Windows 7 legacy migration(physical deployments)
    Strategy 2:
    “Server Based Computing”(Published Desktops)
    Strategy 4:“mix of delivery methods”(VDI, physical , published)
    Strategy 3:
    “go virtual - HVD”(Virtual Desktops)
    management effort
    migration effort
    capital costs
    “mix of delivery methods” fits best,
    but management needs to be optimized
  • 31. What keeps the IT Manager awake at night?
    How can I migrateeasilyand cost efficiently to VDI ?
    How can Iinstall, update and extend my HVD Infrastructure?
    How can I minimize risk in changing master images?
    How can I enable compliant self-service in VDI ?
    How can I ensureLicense Compliance for virtual desktops?
    How can I integrate Virtual Desktops in ITSM processes?
    How can I manage all my physical & virtual workplaces seamlessly?
  • 32. Automation & Standardization
    SeamlessIT Management withIntegrated Service Processes
    Data Center
    End User
    Software Virtualization
    Master Images
    Reduced complexity in a single pane of glass.
    Physical | Streamed VHD | Hosted VDI | Hosted Shared
  • 33. Desktop Transformation with Matrix42 and CitrixHow we do it
    Empirum's management functionality for Citrix XenDesktop is a visionary capability addressing a major challenge cited by the Magic Quadrant references: managing physical and virtual desktop environments together.
    Gartner PC Lifecycle Management Magic Quadrant 2011
  • 34. Desktop Transformation with Matrix42 and CitrixHow we do it
    Analyze Hardware
    Build hosting infrastructure
    (hypervisor agnostic)
    Add or reduce
    capacity on-demand
    Analyze Software usage / licenses
    Repackage or virtualize Applications
    Simplify and automate master image updates
    Analyze Software
    Service Design: built virtual desktop service
    Change from provisioning services to creation services
    Segment users and analyze profiles
    P2V, P2P and profile migration
    Deliver new workplace service per users request
    Create Citrix XenDesktop and Citrix XenApp concept
    Build Desktop Pools and create assignments
    Enable break&fix
    via Service Desk
    Build or migrate Citrix XenApp Farm
    Manage license compliance for physical and virtual
    Manage lifecycle for physical and virtual
  • 35. Cost savings through VDI automation
  • 36. Virtual Desktops - simplified, automated, managed
    Affordable desktop virtualization, Reduced management costsAutomated creation, update and extension of VDI
    ITIL v3, ITSM and Service Catalog integration for VDIITSM processes for Physical AND Virtual Desktops
    Simplified and reliable Change Management of VHDsAutomated provisioning, update and retirement + Self-Service for VDI
    Simplified and automated Physical to Virtual (P2V) migration Standardized role-based configurations for Virtual Desktops
    Fully automated management of VDIAutomate installation and configuration of VDI
    Configuration and license compliance for VDIDepartment-related license & asset management for VDI
    Seamless management of all physical & virtual Desktops
  • 37. Questions?
    Additional Resources:
    Whitepaper: Windows 7 and VDI: Redefining Workplace Management (coming soon!)
    Whitepaper: Virtual Desktop Infrastructure - Basics, Challenges and Benefits
    Whitepaper: The Desktop Transformation Project - Virtual Desktops Demystified
    Executive briefing: Who should manage virtual desktops – the datacenter team or the desktop team?
    Research paper: Desktop Virtualization Taking Off, but Physical Desktops not going Away
    Visit http://www.matrix42.com/vdi for all resources
    © 2011, Resolutions Enterprises Ltd. & Matrix 42