Last 2 days i have been thinking a lot about XenDesktop and PVS. So i went ahead and before i could do anything , i started reading the book "VDI Delusion" by Brain Madden
Honestly i was taken back with the idea of XenDesktop . Although i would want to use PVS for XenApp (As it seems better than cloning XenApp Servers)
But thinking more and more into XenDesktop ? considering why do we want to implement it.
The only use case for xenDesktop , that i could think of in our envioronmnet was for Offshore users (Branch Office kind of)
We have around 200 Users who use 100 desktops which are spread across 5 platforms in the sea.
These platforms are used for drilling wells in Sea etc.
So users stay on the platforms and for activities that need machines share them
Also these 100 desktops are used by different users at different times and rotations .
out of the 5 platforms in the Sea --- 1 is where all server stuff is located. and rest of them are using them.
This may all be in a radius of 2 KM in sea and use VSAT connection (5MB)
Also these computers are used to access resources onshore headQuaters as not many services run offshore. So users anyway use most applications over this 5-10 MB link.
One more consideration that we have is .. all of our 100 computers offshore have win xp 32 bit
And we are in the process of upgrading every computer to win 7 x64
I though may be XD is good for our offshore purpose as users share devices, we can save on space , power , logistics for transportation as Thin Clients can do that.
What would you suggest.
So if we have a functional XD environment with PVS and shared VDisk there , we can serve the 100 users there.