Desired State Configuration & the Citrix XenDesktop DSC Tech Preview

Desired State Configuration (DSC)… Ring any bells? No? It should by now. Although it isn’t a technology or concept thought up by Citrix, it is still very much applicable to Citrix components and infrastructures. DCS is a (still relatively) new management platform for Windows PowerShell allowing you to configure, apply and maintain a certain desired state (duh) on a single or multiple machine(s). A desired state can be anything related to software installation and configuration, the management of files and folders, registry entries, local group and account management, adding and removing server roles and the list goes on. Best thing is, as soon as something changes DSC will step in and correct it for you, preserving the desired state. DSC is a PowerShell extension and ships with Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1. Let’s have a closer look at what is needed.
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BriForum 2014 London – Helge Klein – XenDesktop 7 Sizing for Dummies

Sizing a virtual desktop deployment has always been challenging. Getting it right is as difficult as it is important; mistakes affect the user experience, cost – or both. With the right tools and methodology, however, sizing becomes a standard task that can be completed quickly and easily. In this session, Helge explains and demonstrates all the required steps. He explicitly covers how to use free tools to quickly determine relevant numbers like session footprint which are essential for sizing calculations.

Attendees will learn:
• How to size all three kinds of virtual desktops: hosted shared, pooled and dedicated
• How to easily determine the numbers required for the sizing calculations
• Which common mistakes to avoid