Desktop Virtualization Learning Curve
I understand the technical concepts behind desktop virtualization, however, I am a relatively “newbie” in implementing the solution for entire organizations. In the past few months, I have been actively researching and learning about desktop virtualization and how it can be the ideal solution for K12 schools. I have been learning about VMWare and now going to take this online training provided by Citrix on XenDesktop 4. I am also learning about thin clients and going to be building some test labs using our WebDT LX166 devices. All these solutions and products will require a learning curve on my technical skills, but I am committed to getting trained because I am that confident it will be in the future of K12 computing.
As part of the learning curve, I finally beta tested the NComputing U170 Desktop Virtualization product. I used one of my desktop workstations and used two of the following: monitor, keyboard, and mouse. I connected the first monitor, keyboard and mouse normally to the desktop, while the second set was connected to the U170 device. The U170 device then connects via USB to the desktop workstation. Once the software is loaded with a couple USB port setting changes, the two monitors will boot as two virtual workstations. The configuration was simple and it worked instantly. I was able to load test the virtual desktops with video streaming and it handled it well. In my opinion, I think this is a practical budget solution to put into classrooms as technology centers. I could envision a quad core desktop in a six monitor virtual workstation setup. It will give teachers the ability to load and maintain software on just one desktop and be able to give access to six simultaneous users.