Free tool to take guesswork out of desktop virtualization

Remote Desktop Implementation ToolCitrix announced that the Citrix Project Accelerator beta, a new tool for implementing virtual desktops, is now available.

The idea was simply to make our customers and partners wildly successful with their desktop virtualization deployments – and to help people who are considering desktop virtualization make the right up-front assessment and design decisions.

  • If you’re new to Citrix or desktop virtualization – Project Accelerator is a fantastic way to build a business case, size your hardware needs, choose the first user groups to virtualize and make the right investment decisions.
  • If you’re a self-deploying customer – we’ll lead you through the entire process.
  • If you’re working with a Citrix consultant or partner – Project Accelerator will help keep everyone on the same page and accelerate your progress.

These are the use cases we had in mind when developing Accelerator. If you’re one of them, you’ll get a lot of value from it.

To Get Started within Project Accelerator, all you need to do is answer a few questions about your users, your apps and your goals and Accelerator gets to work.

With the current release of Project Accelerator you get a great design tool and deployment roadmap – with all the best-practices of our top consultants built in.  And, in the coming months, we will be adding step-by-step project plans with decision support built in and collaboration tools that will let you coordinate with your team and others who “have been there”. Project Accelerator is a living, breathing project management space and we’ll be adding to it all the time.

Read more and go to the tool here.

HP guide to install Server 2012 on their hardware

HP has released a small PDF which helps you to install and configure Server 2012 on HP hardware.

Read or download the PDF here.

A grab of the document:

This paper identifies the HP ProLiant servers and ProLiant server platform options that we support with Microsoft Windows Server 2012 and provides information that can assist you during your OS installation1. The information applies to both Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Datacenter Edition and Microsoft Windows Server Standard Edition. Their differences in virtualization support make them appropriate for different environments:

• Windows Server 2012 Datacenter Edition provides unlimited virtual instances, making it ideal for highly virtualized private and hybrid cloud environments.

• Windows Server 2012 Standard Edition provides two virtual instances, making it ideal for low density or non-virtualized environments.

 

This paper addresses the following key topics:

• Recommended system configurations

• Supported HP ProLiant servers

• Supported ProLiant server platform options, including:

Software and drivers

Storage options

NICs

• Procedures for a new installation

• Known issues and workarounds

 

Citrix App Studio Quick Deployment Guide

This article describes how to install Citrix App Studio using a very simple configuration. It includes an brief overview of Citrix App Studio’s basic deployment architecture followed by a guided walkthrough that shows how to set up the simplest possible configuration so you can get started using Citrix App Studio right away.

Basic Deployment Architecture

A Citrix App Studio basic deployment consists of an Active Directory domain, a Microsoft SQL Server, at least one Citrix App Studio management server, and servers running Citrix XenApp components. All servers need to be running Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 and must have .NET 4.0 installed and .NET 3.5 installed as a server role. They can be either physical machines or virtual machines running on one or more hypervisors.

The following diagram shows the components of a basic deployment:

Continue reading “Citrix App Studio Quick Deployment Guide”

Deployment Guide for Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1 and Windows 7 with SP1

This guide is for IT administrators who are deploying Windows Server® 2008 R2 or Windows® 7 with Service Pack 1 (SP1). This document includes technical information, procedures, and recommendations for installing SP1 in a business or corporate environment. Although this guide includes some basic operating system information, we assume that you already have a working knowledge of Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 7, and update installations. Continue reading “Deployment Guide for Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1 and Windows 7 with SP1”

Migration from WXP to W7

For a closer look at migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7 using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010, check out this two part series:

Windows XP to Windows 7 Migration Using MDT 2010 – Part 1: Building the Deployment Environment
Windows XP to Windows 7 Migration Using MDT 2010 – Part 2: Initiating the Install and Migrating the PC

 

  Customizing and Automating Deployment

If you haven’t checked out the IT professional community hub at Talking About Windows yet, visit today and get recommendations for valuable tools and resources you can use to easily customize your deployment projects from Mike Lewis, Principal Group Program Manager with the Solution Accelerators team at Microsoft.