In the past setting up a virtual desktop infrastructure has been anything but simple.  You've needed:

  • access to the appropriate servers for the workload with the right type and amount of CPUs, memory, disks and network. 
  • expertise installing or configuring a virtualization platform (like Hyper-V or vSphere)
  • expertise configuring virtual networks so your virtual machines can communicate with each other and with other systems
  • to create virtual machines with the appropriate size, number of vCPUs, amount of memory, access to virtual networks
  • to know how many management virtual machines you should use
    • Should you use one management VM for everything?
    • Should you use one management VM for each role?
    • Should you group certain roles together?
    • Should you make sure not to put certain roles on the same server VM?
  • to know how many Windows Server licenses you'll need
  • to know how many Windows client or Windows Server RD Session Hosts can or should run on a given host
  • to know how to install and configure the desktop virtualization software (like Dell Wyse vWorkspace, Microsoft Remote Desktop Services or Citrix XenDesktop)

This is a long list, and it might not be a daunting task if you're a virtualization expert that does this for a living but if you were to ask four of your peers with the same skill set to configure a server for desktop virtualization deployment, you would likely  end up with five different setups. There is also a decent chance that for one or more of the setups, even if performed by an expert, there would be a problem that would need troubleshooting.

Performing the above list of tasks, even before you start creating an OS template that includes your applications and provisioning new Windows desktop or Windows Server RD Session Host virtual machines will take several hours (if you don't run into any problems).  If you run into problems, this can take more than a day.

You may have concluded that you need a virtualization expert to do this, and the virtualization expert also needs to be an expert with the desktop virtualization software you want to use. 

What if it were possible for anyone with modest IT knowledge to correctly setup the first server in a desktop virtualization deployment?

What if it were possible to enable any number of people to do this, and to have it all working exactly the way the desktop virtualization software vendor intended?

What if it were also possible to do all of this in about an hour, and to have a working pilot of up to 150 Windows virtual desktops or a few Windows Server RD Session Hosts to support 350 users (with your applications) in two to four hours?

Today, we’ve made this possible. You can now order a Dell PowerEdge Server – either a T630 tower server or an R730 rack-mount server - with the exact configuration needed for desktop virtualization.  The Dell Appliance for Wyse - vWorkspace is a server that is pre-loaded with the required software and a super-simple Quick Start Tool so anyone can easily deploy a desktop virtualization environment in a couple of hours.

All you have to do to successfully deploy desktop virtualization is to:

  1. Order a Dell Appliance for Wyse - vWorkspace (from Dell or your Dell Partner)
  2. Unbox the server and plug it into line power and your network
  3. Turn on the server
  4. Run the Dell Quick Start Tool (QST - shown below) and follow the simple directions for deploying Windows Virtual Desktops or Windows applications with RD Session Host (RDSH). 

 

When you're done, you'll have a first server in your new Dell Wyse vWorkspace environment.  This first server will support up to 150 VDI users or 350 RDSH users, and you can add additional servers as required.

So if you've been waiting for desktop virtualization to get easy and affordable, your wait is over.