Guys, I'm really excited to be part of the Thwack community.


My first post "THERE MUST BE A BETTER WAY TO MANAGE VIRTUALIZED SYSTEMS" reached more than 2550 people and my second post reached over 800 people plus a bunch of people who actively participated. This is great sign and shows that you all enjoy being part of this community.


In my previous posts we covered how you are managing your virtualized systems and what features are you using most.


In today's post, I would like to discuss one particular part of your virtual infrastructure, your Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). Common questions I come across are, how to right size my VDI infrastructure, how many IOPS will my users generate and should I utilize VMware View Thin Apps or Citrix XenApp. I found the VDI Calculator by Andre Leibovici very helpful.


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Additionally, I found LoginVSI to be great tool for VDI storage benchmarking and to find out how many VMs you can actually host on your system. I doubt that many of you are using it since it isn’t cheap but if you are using it or you have used it in the past, you know what I’m talking about. This tool fully simulates real VDI workloads and not just some artificial vdbench/sqlio/fio load. Also, VMware View Planner is supposed to be a great tool for benchmarking and right sizing your environment but I haven’t touched it just yet. Have you?

The last tool in my VDI repository is a tool created by the VMware Technical Marketing Group - VMware OS Optimization Tool. I am not going too much in detail here but just click on the VMware OS Optimization Tool and read my blog post about it. It is a great tool, which can be used to create your golden VDI image.


If you know some useful VDI tools or you used the tools, which I’ve mentioned above, please comment and share your experience with us. Let’s make this post a great resource for all VDI admins out there.