Can you push Cloud Computing and its benefits to deliver a “laptop” running Windows applications “In the Cloud”? Yes, that’s exactly what we’re covering in our current TechCenter focus topic area on Virtual Desktops and Why Servergeeks Should Care about Desktops. Resources there at http://www.delltechcenter.com/page/Virtual+Desktops include chats, reference architecture, and a deployment guide.

Recent TechCenter Activities

  • So how much storage do you need for your servers to host 60 virtual desktops? How much and how it should be configured were discussed in the chat last week on Virtual Desktop Architectures. While the usual “it depends” did come up, there were some other default guidelines offered. And if that leads to more questions, don’t hesitate to post them on the chat page, and we’ll continue the discussion.
  • Quorums, logs, hot spares and RAID are all parts of the best practices to consider when configuring a clustered SQL Server implementation on M1000e blades and MD3000i iSCSI storage array. And the customer said, "Thanks."
  • Want to see how easy it is to take a new PowerEdge M905 full-height blade out of the box, install it, and get it running? We were interested as well and wanted to share the experience in the Full Height Blade Server Unboxing Video.
  • PowerVault MD3000i caught on Video! Todd worked with Ward from the Executive Briefing Center to capture his demonstration of management software and initial configuration of the array and the iSCSI host to use it.
  • Number three in our Direct to Video releases this week is using the Dell PRO Pack with SCVMM 2008 for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager. This demo has several scenarios that show the Dell-developed PRO Pack detecting hardware failures such as a disk drive, fan, and so on. with suggestions (tips) to the systems administrator for recovery actions including using Systems Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) to move the virtual machine and its workload to another server.

Favorite of the Week

Add a demonstration to your next customer Power Point. Just three easy steps from the TechCenter Demonstrations page will show you how. Navigate to the demonstration, say VMWare VMotion on the Vmware Demo page. Then download the WMV version to your system by right-clicking the Download .WMV file link or demo title and selecting “Save Target As.” Inclusion in PowerPoint is then just a matter of selecting the Insert pull down, Movies And Sounds, and then Movie from File.

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