Check out this great article by Jeroen van de Kamp:
In his article Jeroen points out why organizations should steer away from “thin-clients” and steer towards ‘thin-PC’s”.
As I was browsing a few of my standard blog sites this morning I noticed that Michael Niehaus has uploaded a new version of the MDT Wizard Editor.
Original post by Michael here
Mark just gave me the heads up that he and Jeroen released Login VSI 2.0!!
I would like to congratulate Mark and Jeroen on this awesome achievement! You guys can be proud of yourselves!!!
The beta 3 was very well received, just a couple minor fixes were required, and we updated the documentation. In comparison to VSI 1.0 we made tremendous improvements in the overall quality and reliability of VSI.
Feel free to mention this on your website (if you think this is interesting of course). We do not have an official press release, but for your convenience we made a summary you can use:
Login Consultants releases the brand new and free VSI 2.0, a specifically designed benchmark for SBC and VDI environments. VSI loads the system with simulated user workload, and focuses on how much users can run on the system before it saturates. VSI is 100% platform and protocol independent, and VSI configuration is simplified and automated where possible. As a result, VSI is a turn-key benchmark solution: perform tests within days instead of weeks. No need to create the workloads first. VSI is intended to be used by VDI/SBC engineers/admins, a degree in testing methodologies is not required.
VSI 2.0 introduces new workloads, and an improved indexing method: VSImax. Overall, VSI 2.0 will be a much smoother experience in comparison to VSI 1.0, many best practices and lessons learned from project VRC are now included in this release. The free version is called “VSI 2.0 Express”, the advanced version is “VSI 2.0 PRO”.
The most important 2.0 features are:
- Completely new, more realistic, medium workload
- Support for IE8, Office 2010, Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2
- Highly improved robustness (even under extreme loads)
- Improved response timer mechanism and index: VSImax
- Over 100 fixes and usability improvements
- Multilanguage Support (PRO only)
- Other workloads such as: light, heavy and multimedia (PRO only)
- External clock calibration and response time measurement (PRO only)
- Customization Support (PRO only)
Login VSI can be downloaded from Login VSI download section
The Sysinternals guys did it again . This time they have given us the "Poor mans P2V" solution, and they call it: Disk2VHD.
The idea behind this is pretty cool, they use the Windows Volume Snapshot capability, to create consistent point-in-time snapshots of the volumes you want to convert. It will create one VHD for every disk but it will only include the partitions you select. The really cool thing about this: You can run it ONLINE!
There are some (small) limitations the VHD size limit is 127GB (because virtual pc doesn't support bigger VHD’s), and do not attach the VHD’s on the same system you created them because you will get an collision with the signature of the VHD’s source disk.
Ofcourse they put in in their Sysinternals Suite that can be downloaded from here
- Add a new application
- Standard application
- Quiet installation command
- cscript.exe "%SCRIPTROOT%\ZTIWindowsUpdate.wsf"
- Quiet installation command
Or maybe not , it could be they already planned to release a new beta version of ThinApp in november. VMware announced this news at VMworld 2009. The final release is planned for Q1 2010 a little late if you ask me.. since there are already some working versions out there: for instance check Rubens video.
Next to that i also found a nice howto that shows how to decompile Thinapp and Xenocode packages created by NickOn and a nice little script that executes Thinreg in a decent way with support for recursive folders (here).