Over the years, many of our Enterprise customers have enjoyed the capabilities of Login AM to help simplify their virtual desktop and hosted application deployments. Recently we have seen a pickup in the frequency of update requirements, like that of Windows 10. These updates present challenges to large organizations, as to stay current, they must put in the time and effort required to update and test these changes. The more time our customers can save in the update process, the more time they have to test the Windows OS updates, for example, to make sure they don’t break crucial line-of-business applications.
Automating your XenDesktop/XenApp deployment: Everything you need to know about the Delivery Controller
Our community is constantly growing. One of the great things about that is the fact that you get to talk to a lot of different people. After a while you start noticing certain trends. One thing I recently noticed is that there is a lot of confusion when it comes to deploying a virtualized desktop environment. So, I think it’s time to get technical and clarify a few important things you need to know when, for example, automating a Citrix XenDesktop/XenApp environment. There are many pieces involved in deploying Citrix XenDesktop/XenApp for your company. For simplification purposes while discussing automation, let’s focus on a single feature of a Citrix deployment- the Delivery Controller.
Login AM was always a tool that focused on what we usually call "the inside of a virtual machine". It fully enables you to execute any changes on a machine but it always needed help from additional tooling to deploy the operating system. Now with the new Image Management feature we have the first feature that provides integration with a hypervisor to deploy and configure the virtual machine from start to end.
Imaging technologies date back to the nineties. Software called Ghost was used to create bit-by-bit copies of hard disk content from one computer to the next in a process called cloning. Cloning allowed for rapid enrolment of new computers in an organization. It worked beautifully and saved lots of time as long as source and target computers were identical.
When I talk to our Managed Service Provider customers I’m happy to hear that Login AM really helps them with their day-to-day challenges. But why are they using Login AM? There are a few benefits they all seem to agree on. Login AM automates the deployment of all applications running on Windows. In most cases this results in less manual work and an OPEX reduction of 30 – 50%. Login AM also enables an easy and rapid onboarding of new customers and automates repetitive virtual desktop and application management tasks. Other customers are very pleased with the fact that an important component of the software are the Login AM Blueprints that, amongst other things, reduce the need for (re)packaging of software (up to 80%). But there is always room for improvement.
When we talk to customers or other members of the IT industry, we notice that there is a lot of confusion about the difference between Service Request Management and IT Service Catalog. In this blog we will discuss why these two are totally different things, and when each solution will offer the most benefits to the IT department and end users.
How much risk am I willing to take? This is an important question that each IT professional should ask themselves whenever changes are to be applied to production systems. Risk is involved each time you deploy an application, hotfix or even a small configuration change. One way to mitigate risk is testing.
Why send your application packages through a lengthy packaging process to customize them when you can tailor them yourself quickly on the spot? Software packaging for electronic distribution is a well-established practice in many organizations. No matter if applications are packaged using MSI or virtualized using Microsoft App-V or VMware ThinApp, nobody really seems to stop and think about the necessity of it all. Many do not realize that packaging is one of the most expensive and time consuming parts of an application and desktop lifecycle.
In the past few years, there have been many innovations in the system and application virtualization arena. Even though these innovations solve many of the daily application management challenges in the data center, they also introduced new and costly ones. The HP Moonshot system is a refreshingly simple concept. Small dedicated computer cartridges provide computing power from the data center to end users in a one-to-one relation. Each computer cartridge packs their own CPU, graphics card, networking and storage to deliver an optimal end-user experience.
The Login AM Blueprint for AppSense and deployment templates has arrived in our Login AM blueprint store. Setting up an entire AppSense environment has never been so quick and painless. Whether you are an AppSense partner looking for a quick and easy way to do proof of concepts, build AppSense demo environments or if you are an Enterprise Admin looking for a way to routinely and consistently build QA or UAT environment including the AppSense suite, this blueprint is going to make your life easier.
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