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VMWORLD 2020 ONLINE

VMworld is online this year (another pandemic change) September 29-Oct 1. VMWorld has always been a great value and source for information. This year the value is exceptional, the General Pass is free to attend online, there is still a Premium pay option to get some of the premiere content, but you can attend from free, and you should. Go to http://www.vmworld.com and signup. I'll add more content for VMworld once the the conference begins. VMworld will be web-based.

I'm Back! Thanks to Covid19

I am back online. I have not focused on my technology website. A couple of reasons for this, too much work and too little time. Second, it has not been a priority. My site was infected with a security vulnerability which required some code rewrites and updates. These have all been addressed and I'm back online.
In the coming weeks I'll be adding content regarding some of the last projects centering on Horizon Workspace One, Citrix Cloud, AWS, and Azure.

Powershell to Add Computers to AD

When I work with clients to assist with rapid building computers, often I will use the Wizard, but there are situations where I prefer to stage the computers in AD first. Rarely, do I want to build a group of computers one by one. So I use powershell to do this. Make sure you import the Active Directory module before you start. You may have to download the RSAT tools from Microsoft and enable them on your system. This script uses all of the native tools from Microsoft.

import-module activedirectory

Thick Disk v. Thin Disk -- "It Depends!"

It is surprising how often this scenario comes up, and I get asked the question, "Should we thin-provision or thick-provision our VM's?" My answer is almost always the same, "it depends." Today, I have the same answer, but for very different reasons from in the past. In the past, my answer was based on performance-related issues and saving expensive disk space. These are still very, valid concerns, however, now I answer based on risk. In recent days have been working with three different clients that have all experienced outages related to thin-disk provisioning.

Windows 7 x64 with VDI. Why do it?

Here is the spoiler -- don't do Windows 7 x64 for VDI.
Now let's talk about why. First, I'm going to give credit to Brian Madden's Blog, he mentions this also, and he is exactly correct. Windows 7 x64 uses around 200MB more memory than the x86 version. If you multiply this by the number of VDI users, it adds up quickly. (1000 desktops x 200MB equals 2 TB more memory). For a project I'm working on this equated to a requirement for 8 more servers because of x64.

VM Workstation 8

I've been using linux for years and it is my preference for my desktop and my home systems, however the companies I work with and for usually issue Windows desktops and most of the their applications are windows applications. So, I run windows when I have to, either by dual boot or in a VM. Currently, I'm working for a company that provides a windows laptop that I must us to connect to the corporate LAN via a VPN or I can use the Citrix Access Gateway from any computer.

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