Configuring Windows 2012 Server as a VDI

  2. How to Enable Windows 7 Theme on Windows Server 2008 R2 with XenApp 6.0 –
  3. Windows 2008 R2 Optmization Pack –
  4. Windows Experience Rating –
  5. Handrighting Recoginition –
  6. Security Hardening –
  7. Security Hardening –
  8. OS Security –
  9. ProjectVSI –
  10. Windows Server Theme –
  11. Side Bar –

Desktop-as-a-Service Providers

Desktop-as-a-Service Providers




New Zealand


Desktop as a Service Provider Magic Quadrant


Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting, Asia/Pacific


Other players


IT EcoSystem

  • Managed Service Provider – We focus on services to our customers
  • Hardware Reseller – We focus on filling hardware orders for our customers
  • Solution Oriented Reseller – We focus on evaluating businesses and positioning complex technology solutions
  • Boutique Firm – We are highly specialized in one particular market (storage, security, cloud, etc.)
  • Large Enterprise – We are a large national or international firm with many branch locations
  • Traditional Reseller – More than 80% of our business is standard IT products: PCs, portables, peripherals, packaged software and basic networks
  • Value-Added Reseller – We have a service or application oriented business and value-add expertise on IT products, but do at least 40% outside hardware sales
  • Retailer – We are a storefront business that sells to a large number of unrelated customers, generally home or small office users
  • Telco – We are telecom operators selling PCs alone or bundled with an internet subscription
  • eTailer – We are a pure eTailer or other low- overhead channel — catalog and direct
  • Other – We sell through utilities or financial institutions or other outlets not described above; including sales by vendors without a fixed outlet (SIM for phones, semi-professional PC assembler)
  • ISV – We specialize in making or selling software designed for mass or niche markets
  • System Integrator – We specialize in bringing component subsystems into a whole and ensuring that those subsystems function together
  • OEM – Original Equipment Manufacturer. We manufacture products or components that are purchased by another company and retailed under that purchasing company’s name

Microsoft Service Provider License Agreements (SPLA)

Microsoft  Service Provider License Agreements (SPLA)

I been trying to find this information in a simple paragraph for too long Microsoft.

Cloud Readiness Assesment

Cloud Readiness Assessment

Assess Design Implement and Manage



  • Cloud Readiness Assessment
  • Infrastructure Discovery
  • Plan and Design
  • Infrastructure Migration
  • Governance, Security and Management

Cloud Services Brokerage Firm


Cost Assessment Tools


Project Documentation


  1. Governance
  2. Propose
  3. Evaluate
  4. Optimise Design
    1. Reference Architecture
    2. Solution Architecture
    3. High Level Design
    4. Detailed Design
    5. Install Guides
  5. Build
  6. Test
  7. Implement
  8. RAID (Risk Register)
  9. Meeting Minutes
  10. Project Plans
  11. Vendor
  12. RFPs
  13. Change Management
  14. Support Guides
  15. Hand-over
  16. Closure


Citrix CSP AWS C3 Lab Info

Citrix CSP AWS C3 Lab Info

This will be a procedure on how to setup Citrix CSP Architecture on AWS:

Desktop-as-a-Service, Telecommuting and Flexible Workplace Research

Desktop-as-a-Service and Flexible working articles

10 Big Companies with Telecommuting options –

Global Hosted Virtual Desktop Market 2012-2016 –

451 Research’s ICE report, ‘Desktops as a Service’ – 451ResearchDaaSMarketLeaders


Global Hosted Virtual Desktop Market 2012-2016 –

Activity Based Working

ABW is a concept that recognises that through the course of any day, people have a number of different work activities to complete – some require high levels of concentration and some require high levels of collaboration

Workplace reform for working parents –


Flexible working

The National Employment Standards give some employees the right to ask for flexible working arrangements to help them care for their child. Requests from eligible employees can only be refused for certain reasons.

Enterprise Social Collaboration and Networking

Comparing the TCO of PCS VDI DAAS

CIO Strategy –

Hosted Virtual Desktop Definition –

hosted virtual desktop (HVD) is a full, thick-client user environment, which is run as a virtual machine (VM) on a server and accessed remotely. HVD implementations comprise server virtualization software to host desktop software (as a server workload), brokering/session management software to connect users to their desktop environment, and tools for managing the provisioning and maintenance (e.g., updates and patches) of the virtual desktop software stack.

Cloud Computing –

Definition of cloud computing from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), IT services that are delivered as cloud services offer:

  • A pay-as-you-go model with minimal or no initial costs
  • Usage-based pricing, so that costs are based on actual usage
  • Elasticity, so that users can dynamically consume more or less resources
  • Location independence, high availability, and fault tolerance
  • Ubiquitous access to services, where users can access services from any location using any form factor

10 Best Practices for Public Cloud Services Selection and Management –


5 Desktop in the Cloud Reviewed – &

Information Week VDI in the Cloud – it-pro-impact-vdi-in-the-cloud_5776673_EXCERPT

Desktone Whtepapers –

Edge Strategies Microsoft 2012 SMB Cloud Adoptions Study –

“…despite a sluggish global economy, 63% of SMBs using cloud services today expect to grow in sales in the next 12 to 18 months while 55% believe technology will power their growth. SMBs worldwide are embracing cloud services to reap those benefits and stay ahead of competitors — 50% of SMBs say cloud computing is going to become more important for their operations, and 58% believe working in the cloud can make companies more competitive.

Techaisle – Global SMB Spend – 2016 Infographic

“…Virtualization, Cloud, Mobility, Managed Services will together form the Four Pillars of IT that will support the transformation of SMB, enabling them to reach their full potential in the shortest period of time…global SMB Cloud spend will grow by 22% in 2013, Mobility by 14%, Managed Services by 15%, Virtualization by 25% and datacentre by 8%.”

“The SMB server and network will start becoming less visible as they progressively move offsite physically and from a remote management perspective. Cloud-based server spend will likely grow by 40% as compared to on-premise new server spend growth of 5%, the benefits of remote management overwhelming the on premise for headcount-constrained firms.”

The Business value of AWS TCO – – ICE- Infrastructure Computing for the Enterprise 2012 & 451_ICE_DaaS_2012_ExecOverview

Desktop Virtulization Eco-System –

Flex-e Toolkit FINAL[1]


Cloud Service Brokerage –


Drive Revenue through Windows XP End of Life, XenDesktop, XenApp and AppDNA –

Worldwide Workspace-as-a-Service 2012–2016 Forecast: The Emerging WaaS Market –

Know the Security Implications of Adopting Hosted Virtual Desktops –

Hosted Virtual Desktops (HVD) –

Build A Better Business Case For UC –

Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service

Magic Quadrant for Managed Hosting, North America

NBN Case Studies –

Smartphone as PC –

Building a DaaS support team –

IDC VDI Landscape – idc-marketScape-2012

Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting, Asia_Pacific –


Law Firms discover Flexible IT – WP-EN_Law-Firms-Discover-Flexible-IT-White-Paper_1W1


Cloud Enabling Platforms for Service Providers, Update (04.12.2013) (1)



Collaborative Cloud Social Enterprise SaaS Apps List

This is a list of SaaS Apps

The reason that I prefer SaaS apps, is the integration, workflow and collaboration is buit-in with other SaaS apps..

Also, I want to make a list of best of breed SaaS apps that a SMB would require.

Building Desktop as a Service in the Cloud

Customer need

  • Collobration/Meetings
  • UC
  • Apps/Desktop
  • CRM
    • ERM
    • Expense
    • Accounts
    • Payroll
  • Files/Documents
  • Document Sharing and Collaboration
  • Everything secure
  • Content Managment systems/Workflow
  • Enterprise Social
  • Email
  • Anywhere access/Follow Me persistence

Service Offering

  • Desktop as a Service (SSO)
  • Cloud Backup
  • Cloud Drives (SkyDrive)
  • Hosted Exchange (optional)
  • Hosted Sharepoint (optional)
  • Integrated Collaboration
    • GoToMeeting
    • PDA
    • Voice/Video
  • Standard Business Applications
  • Dedicated Application Servers (optional)
  • Unified Communication / Microsoft Lync
Decision Tree
Assessment Tools
  • VMware Capacity Planner
  • PlateSpin Recon
  • LiquidWare Labs
  • CIOView
Offline-File Sync/Access
Control Panels
  • AppSense
  • BMC
  • EMS-Cortex
  • Desktoone
  • Quest
  • VMware vCloud Director
  • CPANEL – Enkompass
Data Migration
The biggest challenge is not to sell DaaS, but implimentation, training and acceptance afterward.
  • EMS-Cortex ADSync
  • Quest
  • PlateSpin Migrate
  • vMotion / XenMotion
  • App-DNA
  • Sepago
  • AppSense
  • Robocopy / IBM Softek TDMF,etc
  • Amanda
  • tsunami-udp
Core Infrastructure Components
  • HelpDesk / ITIL
  • Citrix
  • Microsoft
  • VMware
  • Virus Protection
  • Backup
  • Monitoring / Alerting
  • Federated Authentication
  • File Transfer/Sync
  • Auditing and Governance
  • Storage
  • Networking
  • Single Sign On / Identify Management / Directory Services / Federation
  • Certificate Authority –
SaaS Intergration

Citrix Service Provider program:

Microsoft Hosting Information:

DaaS PoC Kits:

NB: Microsoft SPLA  only supports  XenApp Published Desktop and does not support XenDesktop, so only setup XenApp Published Desktop.

Desktop Assessment Software

  • Lakeside SysTrack VMP
  • CiBRA
  • PlateSpin Recon
  • Centrix WorkSpace Discovery
  • liquidwarelabs
  • LoginVSI

Citrix C3 on Amazon

Infrastructure Management and Monitoring

Industry Certification and partner programs

Citrix CSP Info
Reference Articles


Sizing Requirements

  • Microsoft Dynamic Toolkit
  • Citrix Multi-Tenant Reference Architecture
    • Virtual Machines
    • Hertz
    • Memory
    • Storage
    • Per use
  • Exchange Hosted
  • Sharepoint Hosted
  • SQL
  • Lync
  • Dynamics CRM

Project Plan

Desktop as a Service