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Take a walk down the VDI image management tightrope

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Take a walk down the VDI image management tightrope
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VDI deployment – One of the main benefits of a nonpersistent VDI deployment is that IT can, in theory, create a single golden image and deploy that image to everyone throughout the organization.

It is, however, a fine line between the utopia of a single, locked down, optimized golden image and the horrors of multiple golden images based on a mixture of operational needs, departmental differences and siloed teams. Throw in the occasional new business acquisition or OS upgrade, and everything can spiral into chaos with one false step.

Why is it so challenging to have a single golden image?

Mystery swirls around VDI image management. IT pros can build a single golden image with all their applications and use Active Directory (AD) Groups to manage access — the same way they did with server-based computing.The problem is, if IT pros are not careful, they can easily risk violating an application vendor’s licensing regulations by using AD Groups because some users can end up with access to apps they shouldn’t. Violations could leave an organization subject to steep fines. As a result, IT pros must be selective about which applications they deploy and to whom, even in nonpersistent deployments. The more app variety they have, however, the more images they need and the more image bloat they are going to run into. If they’re not careful, IT pros can end up with one image for the finance department, another image for the marketing department, a third image for human resources and so on and so forth.

Read the entire article here, Take a walk down the VDI image management tightrope

via the fine folks at Liquidware Labs

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Liquidware Liquidware™ provides industry leading platform-agnostic desktop solutions for hybrid Windows desktop environments including Citrix® XenApp/XenDesktop, VMware Horizon View®, Amazon WorkSpaces and physical Microsoft® Windows PCs. The company’s Stratusphere solution delivers visibility into desktop environments and supports assessment, design, monitoring and diagnostics (Health Checks). ProfileUnity provides just in time delivery of User Profiles, application and user rights management and context-aware policies. FlexApp delivers advanced Application Layering. The solutions are available in an extremely cost-effectively priced bundle called Liquidware Essentials. Liquidware products are Citrix Ready, VMware-certified, and are available through a global network of partners.

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