Deploying Virtual Desktops

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LAKE MARY, Fla.-Kevin Wright, VP-information technology at CFE FCU, offered some key tips for deploying virtual desktops:

• A virtual desktop doesn't need as much local RAM as a full desktop-instead, "pool your RAM, so different virtual desktops access it when they need it."

• Associate just one virtual processor with each desktop. "Two processors won't speed anything up because the desktop waits until both become available before it uses them."

• Avoid "bootstorm," such as when all employees boot up their desktops in the morning and tax the servers, by automating reboots in phases before employees arrive.

• Make sure you have an alternate virtual desktop server that can take over if the main server goes down.

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