The mystery of the missing use case for stateful VDI
Since I started doing VDI projects a couple of years ago on each project I run into cases where certain user groups demand a personal stateful VDI desktop. I have heard lots of reasons, the problem is that I haven’t heard a single good one yet!
The first thing I run into is that customers want to squeeze all of their users onto VDI while most of the times 80% of the users will have the same experience on a RDS desktop. Would we ever think of letting a user install his own applications on a RDS desktop?? I don’t think so!
So what about the 20% of the users that actually need a VDI desktop? Do they also need to install their own applications? I would say no but let’s look at some of the use cases users think of.
On my first blog post about Microsoft Hyper-V R2 which you can find here I received a lot of reactions and I always appreciate it to get any type of response (except the 380 spam comments per day). Most of the people agree with the statements and some don’t. I’d like to start this article with stating that it was not my intention to bash Hyper-V as a product, I really think Hyper-V 2012 is a great hypervisor, it’s the management what is creating the issues.
So now with the upcoming version of Hyper-V 2012, which will be released as a beta version on the 29th, I’d like to look at what’s changing in regard to my earlier article. Of course the complete hypervisor management architecture consist of Hyper-V and SCVMM 2012.
The focus of this article is (again) mainly on what it means for VDI scenarios however I think that most of the conclusions will go for whatever scenario.
So what’s new in Server 2012, Hyper-V 2012 and SCVMM 2012 and why does it matter!
The reason for this article is to explain why I don’t like Hyper-V R2 in a production scenario especially for VDI. In a next article I will go into detail about why I think Hyper-V v3 is likely and hopefully going to proof me wrong!
The people I work with closely know I tend to hate Hyper-V R2 for production (VDI) scenario’s and I will start with explaining why. The short version is that you need to many components to manage the hypervisor which leads to technical issues.