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mia millette

When you go to a restaurant and peruse the menu, have you ever thought about what goes into how they meet or exceed your expectations with what they serve? The Chef must know every ingredient that goes into each dish. Do you think they care if there is going to be a supply shortage of an ingredient? What if a batch of ingredients goes bad? The Chef needs to know what items on the menu will be impacted.

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Categories: Leadership
john harpell

Recently, I was asked to design a unified virtual office solution for a large client with roughly 45 autonomous organizational units spanning North America. The catch? Some of the organizational units had already implemented their own virtual desktop and virtual appliance offerings based on VMware and Citrix, all of these must be integrated into the final solution, G and the various file-sharing services being used by the organizational units, such as Box, DropBox, and OneDrive, ought to be supported as well. With no central authority to mandate adoption of the unified solution, it would have to be compelling enough that the organizational units would WANT to adopt it. Sigh.

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Categories: Technology
Daniel Berkowitz

Directory Services or more specifically, Microsoft’s version of Active Directory (AD) is something that we tend to take for granted these days. Most environments have some implementation of AD. If you’ve deployed VMware Horizon View, then you’ve used AD to manage access to virtual desktops, client configurations, and other configuration options. Horizon View requires AD; Horizon Air implementations are no different. While Horizon Air is a different platform, many of the requirements are the same and require AD to manage portal and desktop access.

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Categories: Technology

A diversified oilfield services company, headquartered in the Midwest, needed to implement an all-cloud End-User Computing (EUC) solution for 5,000 employees working within a subsidiary of the company.  With an intentionally lean IT team, the oil and gas company needed their employees to be working at 100 percent power in a mere 24 weeks.

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Categories: Leadership, News

What makes a great End-User Computing (EUC) specialist can certainly be debated. Some companies focus on technical know-how and others on personality traits that fit with their culture.  What’s the right mix and do you have what it takes to be the best in your industry? Our recruiters have seen their fair share of resumes, CVs and cover letters from EUC professionals. They share the top five traits they look for in an EUC specialist.

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Categories: Leadership, Technology
don wiggins

Whether you are knee deep or in the beginning phases of your Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) or End-User Computing (EUC) project, you have probably encountered what most Architects and Engineers do as they push through the rabbit hole of the project. After a smooth start to creating desktop pools and wowing at the magic of Linked Clones, the project has come to gridlock and the design principles have been compromised to accommodate for applications with requirements so rigid that under traditional deployment methods they do not fit into the upside down, backwards shift End User Computing often brings.

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Categories: Technology
don wiggins

With the advent of virtualization and End-User Computing (EUC), a complex set of variables comes in to play in order to build a successful EUC solution. Over time, I have learned my best bet is to use the Occam’s Razor approach, designed by English philosopher William of Ockham. Occam’s Razor is a problem-solving principle that states among competing hypotheses that predict equally well, the one with the fewest assumptions should be selected.

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Categories: Leadership, Technology
Mike Calwell

The world has been a-buzz about Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) for several years. For VMware, this journey accelerated in 2007 with the acquisition of Dunes Technology. Dunes Technology gave VMware their initial brokering and provisioning framework. In the beginning and for several years thereafter, it was all about brokering a virtual machine.

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Categories: Technology
don wiggins

By far, the most complicated component of a successful virtual desktop deployment is applications. Fully understanding applications, the installation, licensing, and update process are a time consuming, complex,, and unnerving process. With the advent of the decoupling of components in Linked Clone Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), Desktop as a Service (DaaS), and application virtualization, certain methods of application licensing, installation, and configuration currently used in persistent physical environments will require changes to meet licensing compliance and insure proper functionality in a Linked Clone environment. In some instances, with all the tools available, an application can be problematic or not function when introduced into a Linked Clone environment. Sometimes, you get it to work and are downright baffled at how it does.

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Categories: Technology
Daniel Berkowitz

VMworld is the premier conference for learning all things VMware and the virtualization ecosystem as a whole. The VMware Partner ecosystem alone is made up of hundreds of organizations. VMworld is not only the best place to meet Product Managers, find out about the latest releases, or meet the Engineers behind the Hands on Labs, it’s also the best place to build relationships, talk with the VMware User Group (VMUG) members, and meet all those people you see on your Twitter feed!

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