Windows 8 – How to check if your system can run Hyper-V

Many articles refer to the Sysinternals Coreinfo utility to check whether your system can run Hyper-V on Windows 8 or not. But just this morning I found out that the systeminfo command that is included in Windows provides some additional Hyper-V related information. More Information about Hyper-V on Windows 8 Bringing Hyper-V to “Windows 8” How to Check if Your CPU Supports Second Level Address Translation (SLAT)

Podcast: The Proper Fit for Desktop Virtualization

Last week I had a week off and went snowboarding with my family. Meanwhile my kids go too fast that I could follow them and my wife is a bit more fanatic in skiing than I am with snowboarding, so this leaves me with some time where I can listen to all those podcasts one downloads but never finds the time to listen to. Since I am rather a newbie within the Citrix space, it Read More …

Restricting the use of Windows Virtual PC

Windows Virtual PC is a great feature of Windows 7, but unfortunately Microsoft did not consider to provide any Group Policy settings to control the use of it. In an enterprise or small business environment you might want to do the following: Completely restrict the use of Windows Virtual PC (even if users have local administrative rights and can enable the feature) Prevent the creation of additional Virtual machines other than the one you prepared Read More …

XP Mode within the Enterprise

Last week I had a Windows 7 planning meeting with one of our clients and like in any other Windows 7 related meeting that i have had in the past months with other customers, the topic about XP Mode was brought up. It appears that when speaking about application compatibility, first thing people think of is XP Mode. To be honest I don’t blame them, because when XP Mode was first introduced in April 2009 Read More …

NxTop – Managing Client Hypervisors becomes a reality

When I watched the VirtualComputer NxTop video on DABCC last week, I was pretty impressed about what Doug Lane was showing us there. Especially after the release of the XenClient from Citrix the bare metal client hypervisor got a lot of attention. Now while Citrix just released it’s first public version of a client hypervisor, VirtualComputer seems to be a big step ahead, especially when we take into account the management of hypervisor based clients. Read More …

Head-to-head analysis of Citrix XenDesktop, Microsoft VDI, Quest vWorkspace, and VMware View

Ruben Spruijt has published an updated whitepaper “VDI Smackdown” which provides you with an overview of today’s VDI solutions. More details here

XenApp Demos from the Cloud

In these days we hear a lot about Desktop Virtualization and Application Virtualization. Last week-end someone asked me what I was currently doing and I told him that beside my normal day job, I am doing a number of Citrix trainings. Now let me mention that this person is just a regular user who doesn’t know anything about managing an Enterprise IT infrastructure, leave alone he would understand what Virtualization technology is about. Heck… how Read More …

XenClient – Bringing the Hypervisor to the client

I had the pleasure to look at the XenClient a few months ago when it was still under development, but now anyone can download it from the XenClient Citrix web site. Never heard of XenClient before? Well then watch the video, I’m sure one or the other is going to like this.

ToolTip: XP-More

XP-More is a tool that helps manage Windows 7 Virtual Machines (XP Mode and any other). Specifically, it makes duplication of VMs a no brainer – no more raw XML editing and manually duplicating files. More Information and download details can be found on the CodePlex XP-More project page

MED-V demo videos

If you’re planning to do some hands-on with MED-V I recommend that you have a look at these MED-V videos.