VMware View Proof Of Concept (POC


“By the end of 2010, all new PC deployments will be virtualized.”
Brian Gammage and George Shiffler III, August 8, 2007

outdated hardware is often incompatible with the most recent system and there are insufficient resources available to cater for the migration of all workstations. This largescale diversity in desktop layouts exists because new applications demand new operating systems or because the introduction of new functionalities requires a different system. VMware and RES Software offer a ready-to-use Proof of Concept (POC) that allows you to experience the added value of Desktop Virtualization for your organization in a fast. Consequently. you can seek out the optimal configuration together with one of our consultants. How do we proceed? The POC consists of a number of phases. By utilizing the POC. which is the same as the setup in other projects. it will become clear which desktops and users are good candidates for a VMware Desktop Environment and (if applicable) which hardware can be deployed in the process. some of which are optional depending on the current situation or the desired POC components. It is designed to evaluate whether the functional and technical aspects of VMware View match the wishes and expectations of your organization. This pilot project can be fully arranged through a number of certified VMware partners. NOTE: The ‘pilot project’ provides a complete layout. Phase 1 Site check Phase 2 VMware vSphere (optional) implementation Phase 3 VMware View Manager and virtual desktop implementation and configuration Phase 4 Application virtualization with ThinApp (optional) Phase 5 User Workspace Management (optional) Phase 6 End-user test Phase 7 Report . This means that the implementation time will be considerable shorter. VMware and RES Software recommend a POC setup. is largely complete. After the pilot project. Drivers. each of which often having its own individual characteristics. patches and security are just some of the issues that can make the work of the IT management department particularly difficult. Since there are various options for building a virtual desktop environment. Traditionally. which will be applied to the definitive implementation within your organization. the management of the desktop computer is always a huge challenge. software. you can study both the technical and organizational potential offered by a virtual desktop within your own environment. modular and accessible manner! Seeing is believing: A Virtual Desktop POC Because the centralization of desktops represents an entirely new approach for many companies. The ‘test phase’. Too much diversity and dependency on operating systems The current desktop landscape has a wide range of operating systems.VMware View ‘Regaining control’ Desktop computers are the ICT resources that are the least efficiently utilized and the most difficult to manage.

Description of the activities • Drawing up an inventory of the current and desired functionality by a consultant • Basic infrastructure check for the VMware View POC Result After the site check has been performed. sensitive company information leaks out with great regularity. A good inventory of the current hardware and software and how this is going to be applied is essential for getting the VMware View POC off to a good start.Management is time-consuming and labor-intensive Phase 1: Site check Objective The current functionality of the desktops is used as the point of departure. A significant volume of the work involved in managing a desktop environment seems to consist mainly of migration projects. Whatever the level of desktop security. In a traditional desktop environment. but sometimes it is also done manually. This serves as a basis for the desired VMware View functionality. migrated and tested. applications are distributed to the decentralized desktops. A well-organized checklist will enable you to see whether the existing situation is adequate for the VMware View POC. Management expenses account for almost seventy percent of the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of an average desktop. We take your budget and company risk profile into account at all times. other tasks are pushed aside and additional personnel sometimes have to be recruited. Workstation hardware and software maintenance are particularly time-consuming for the average IT department. Each workstation has to be individually visited. Which applications or wishes for which the VM server environment is to be deployed will also be examined. you will receive a transparent and definitive step-bystep plan for implementing the VMware View POC. Any modifications required for the successful implementation of the VMware View POC will be specified. Consequently. This is often done by means of automatic rollout techniques. . The decentralized nature of the traditional client/server architecture leaves enterprises vulnerable to security risks. No security guarantee The security of local data is also a matter of great concern.

then this phase can be skipped. . dynamically scalable and it can be monitored and controlled from a central location. The infrastructure is modified and complies with the requirements for the next phase: the installation of the VMware View and the virtual desktops. Another important benefit is that this creates better security and control. This can be achieved by setting up a ‘Virtual Desktop Infrastructure’. Any modifications are implemented in consultation (if necessary. The VMware View solution uses VMware vSphere. it is possible to offer a large number of desktops on the hardware in the computer room. the VMware View POC is modified or installed. from the site check information). this will be installed in the form of a server with the corresponding virtual machines. the basic VMware infrastructure will be installed. only ten percent of this computing capacity might be exploited. The desktop is thus always accessible. is configured and operational. If the vSphere infrastructure is already present. Description of the activities How does it work? The VMware Virtual Desktop Infrastructure View gives users access to desktops with the aid of virtualization techniques. vCenter. The available capacity is thus optimal and if necessary. A VMware ESX server is incorporated into the network and the VMware management console.Desktop capacity is not utilized Modern workstations have an enormous computing capacity. All of these problems require a revised desktop strategy and a smarter. By using virtualization on the server. additional capacity can be activated quickly and easily. • Existing vSphere infrastructure modification • VMware ESX Host installation • VMware virtual centre console installation Result After this phase. because the user only performs one or two tasks simultaneously. Desktop virtualization can convert the entire desktop into a server farm hosted environment. However. Phase 2: VMware vSphere (optional) implementation Objective In this phase. Virtualization facilitates the hosting of desktop computers on servers. If the client does not yet have a VMware vSphere infrastructure. more efficient and more secure way of distributing applications to the users.

The basic configuration is tested and documented. etc. Printers. which are going to serve as a representative basis for the View POC. protocols. VMware View is installed on the (existing) vSphere infrastructure. Active directory configuration Establish a number of clients (PC or Thin Client) for the POC Examination of the VMware View Manager possibilities together with the systems management Documentation Result After this phase.Setting up a virtual desktop environment will enable you to: • Allocate. VMware View will be incorporated into the domain and arranged together with the client’s system manager. • Offer users a complete desktop environment even from a remote location • Keep your sensitive business information secure in the central computer room • Set up a standard and centrally-controlled desktop environment which complies with internal and external compliance regulations • Distinguish the user type and tailor the desktop requirements accordingly Phase 3: VMware View Manager and virtual desktop implementation and configuration Objective This phase involves the implementation of the VMware View Manager and a couple of desktops. VMware View manager. The configuration is ready and tested for further arrangement. Which desktop types should be deployed for the organization will be examined during the site check in phase 1. Description of the activities • • • • • • • • Advantages of desktop virtualization: • Savings on expenditure by reducing the TCO of the workspace • More efficient use of the existing capacity and therefore less energy consumption • Automatic. The systems management is familiar with the VMware View possibilities and has discussed the possibilities of the VMware View Manager configuration with the partner’s System Engineer (SE). User access. . Devices for the POC test users will be set up and activated. printers. The virtual desktops are installed and configured for use from VMware View. the basic VMware View infrastructure is implemented. Desktops. proactive control • Increased accessibility and fast processing time • Better service in the event of a calamity VMware View virtual machine installation and activation Windows XP virtual machine installation and activation Windows Vista virtual machine installation and activation Basic configuration agents. roll out and recover complete desktops which will considerably increase accessibility to the desktop environment.

. What does VMware View consist of? VMware vSphere: VMware View is based on the VMware vSphere infrastructure. Technical testing is performed on the applications. The systems management is familiar with the packaging possibilities and has packaged a number of applications independently using ThinApp. Terminal Servers. the client’s most important applications are packaged and made available to the test users. The integration of desktop infrastructure with VMware vSphere offers a number of benefits: • Centralized desktop management • Reliability and continuity • Centralized back-up for virtual desktops • Dynamic load-balancing for desktop computers Description of the activities • • • • • Packaging of five applications (more applications in consultation) Application deployment Integration with VMware View Application testing Documentation Result VMware View Manager After this phase. five business critical applications will be virtualized. Blade PC or even remote physical PCs via View Manager. Virtual desktops are upgraded and patched centrally from a single console enabling you to efficiently manage hundreds or even thousands of desktops. This saves time and resources. is an enterprise class desktop management solution. an essential component of VMware View. View Manager. VMware View manager streamlines the management. The documentation has been updated. In this phase. Users are given secure and easy access to virtual desktops hosted on VMware vSphere.VMware View VMware Infrastructure and Enterprice Proven Virtualization Platform View View Composer ThinApp Offline Desktop (Expermental) Enterprice Desktop Manager Storage Optimization Application Virtualization Anywhere Mobility Phase 4: Application virtualization with ThinApp (optional) Objective VMware ThinApp is a solution for virtualizing applications that allow customers to run practically all possible applications on any version of Microsoft Windows without any conflicts. provisioning and implementation of virtual desktops.

Since 1999 we have enabled our more than 2. RES Wisdom can also install the workspace manager on the virtual desktops. A machine for RES Software is added to the ESX environment on the machines in the POC. RES PowerFuse offers the work environment content (consisting of applications. clean and stable system. both the console and the agent act as the dispatcher. WAN. broader security and an increased productivity. The POC is technically ready and tested by the system managers. Unlike other solutions. Thin-installed applications run from PCs. and virtual desktops. The management console and the workspace manager will be installed by means of the MSI. The entire infrastructure is ready for testing together with end-users. at what time. a personal and controlled workspace can be provided. The business benefits our customers have realized by using our products include a lower TCO. a virtual. System managers are familiar with the possibilities offered by automated workspace delivery. RES PowerFuse calls for the database to be created. you can import the corresponding Building Block where the settings for Office 2007 and Adobe Reader are located. After the console has been started. ThinApp applications can be distributed at the user’s request. Our Workspace Management products bridge the gap between traditional desktop management. . This enables system managers to maintain a secure. USB drive or memory card using the existing infrastructure. In combination with VMware View. Since VMware does not offer a solution like this itself. thin clients. secure and personal workspace is available to the enduser. printers and personal settings) personally and securely based on the end-user context (who he/she is. this machine can also be used for installing RES Wisdom. Once the agent has been installed on the virtual machine and the integration between RES Wisdom and RES PowerFuse has been configured. Many companies will consider ‘user workspace management’ a value added contribution to the VMware View concept. When this has been done. LAN. Phase 5: User Workspace Management (optional) Objective ‘User workspace management’ ensures that a standard desktop is offered in a personalized.VMware ThinApp ThinApp is an agentless application virtualization solution. Furthermore. ThinApp applications fully run in user mode on ‘locked down’ systems without driver installation. Result After this phase. After this machine has been started. This enables you to ‘package’. RES PowerFuse from RES Software will be applied in this phase. ThinApp does not require any pre-installed software on the system. secure and stable manner. RES PowerFuse can be installed.500 customers worldwide to compose and manage personalized and secure workspaces for their end users. which makes the standard desktop accessible everywhere. access to data. Once the workspace manager has been installed on the virtual desktop. Description of the activities RES Software RES Software is the leading provider of User Workspace Management software. dynamic. distribute and start almost any Windows application as a single EXE file on a (virtual) PC without having to install and/or modify the local system (file system/register). where he/she is located. with what type of PC).

possibly in combination with Application virtualization and user workspace management is tested by end-users. The systems management is familiar with the possibilities that VMware View offers and can form an impression of the new approach to desktop management. Evaluations will be frequently made with the end-users. Description of the activities • POC instruction for end-users • Fine-tuning assistance for the systems management • Documentation Result The desired functionality of VMware View. an arrangement will be made for a number of end-users connected to the new server to commence testing in a ‘live’ network. It is also possible to devote extra attention to explaining the concept and the chosen layout. . Any substantive fine-tuning or modifications can be implemented in consultation.Phase 6: End user test Objective In this phase. Any defects are corrected.

More information about VMware View: www.Phase 7: Report Objective To provide a clear picture in order to make the right choices by means of a report. Any bottlenecks will be outlined.vmware.com/download/view/ Use the VMware View TCO calculator: vmware.com/go/view_calculator VMware Professional Service offers • Jumpstart workshops are given on the site proof-of-concept and examples of VMware View • Custom made service as result of planning.vmware.com/products/view/ Download and evaluate the solution www. The feasibility of the project and the possible implementation will also be defined. The report also includes details on the feasibility of the desired situation and what requirements are necessary to make the functionality available to the users. design and implementation of VMware View applications . Description of the activities • • • • POC report and documentation Specifications Recommendation and options Presentation upon consultation Result The entire POC is described in the report.

VMware & RES Software RES Software is the leading provider of User Workspace Management software. Our Workspace Management products bridge the gap between traditional desktop management. Quatro House Frimley Road Camberley GU16 7ER United Kingdom Phone: +44 (0)845 838 5558 Fax: +44 (0)845 838 5559 www.com .ressoftware. RES Software has offices in eight European countries and in the US. thin clients.500 customers worldwide to compose and manage personalized and secure workspaces for their end users. broader security and an increased productivity. RES Software products are only distributed through a network of certified partners RES Software United Kingdom Real Enterprise Synergy Ltd.com www. and virtual desktops.vmware. Since 1999 we have enabled our more than 2. The business benefits our customers have realized by using our products include a lower TCO.