Originally Posted by SethWilliams
I would recommend a 'beefy' server with Windows Server 2012 DataCenter on it. I was using Citrix Xenapp and was unimpressed. With Server 2012 Datacenter, you can create as many virtual machines as you want with Hyper-V. I am currently setting up two VM Servers at work and it is flawless; I would highly recommend it. Also, you can backup to Windows Azure and only pay when you actually use the backup. Just a thought.
That makes seemingly little sense.
Are you sure you're comparing the same products? the citrix virtualisation software is XenServer.
so you'd compare XenServer (Imo weakest) Hyper-V and VMWares Vsphere (imo strongest) Virtualisation.
(or it could just be that I've got the least exposure to that product)
Xenapp is what used to be metaframeXP.
which is different from Xenserver (virtual machine creation) and different from XenDesktop (VDI solution simillar to what you're saying.
I get what you're saying if you wanted all users to have a separate desktop that they logged on to.
so Desktop 1 for designer 1, desktop 2 for designer 2, desktop 3 for designer etc, and have those changes persistent.
But that doesn't get around the fact that different people may need to use different versions of the package (std/pro) on any day. and if you don't dedicate the desktops then are people going to be trying each desktop until the can log on?
With Xenapp you'd only need a single server license, and a licence for your terminal machines. and the client licenses (~£100 each)
I know that the licenses for the VMs would be included with the 2012 Datacentre license, but have you seen the cost of those?? plus there are TS license costs as well!
with Xenapp you'd set up one (or two, three etc) servers, and you have multiple clients connecting to the server and launching the server on the server, - not on a virtual machine running on the server....
-if you virtualise the ten desktops then that's 10 other things that you have to do. - for example windows 7 needs at least 1/2GB RAM to just sit doing nothing.
that's 5GB of server ram you need for your machines to wait doing nothing?