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So far Benny Tritsch & Kristin Griffin has created 8 blog entries.

Why GPUs Matter for Remoting Environments

By |March 28th, 2019|Tags: |

A common question asked by our customers is if graphics processing units (GPUs) really improve remote end-user experience in virtual desktop environments. The answer is yes, they do in many use cases and for both on-premises and cloud setups. One reason is that the Central Processing Unit (CPU) load on a remoting host can be reduced significantly by offloading graphics calculations used in many modern Windows applications to a GPU. Another reason is that GPUs can do video encoding and decoding much more efficient than any CPU. Simply said, offloading graphics calculations and video codecs to a GPU improves remote [...]

RDP10 versus PCoIP on Hyper-V with DDA

By |September 3rd, 2017|

In August, Gabe Knuth published an article on BrianMadden.com describing Teradici’s new product announcements. An important aspect of Teradici’s product offering is their PC-over-IP protocol (PCoIP), an alternative to other remoting protocols. But how good is PCoIP and what are the ideal use cases? To answer this question, we compared the performance of Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) and PCoIP in June and July 2017. This project was sponsored by Microsoft with input from Teradici. Our primary focus was on benchmarking the performance of graphics workloads in Hyper-V virtual machines accelerated by NVIDIA M60 GPUs attached through Discrete Device Assignment [...]

A Beginner’s Guide to XenApp and XenDesktop on Azure

By |March 30th, 2017|

By: Benny Tritsch & Kristin Griffin Deploying Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop in Microsoft Azure is an interesting solution for everybody who wants to deliver Windows desktops or applications from the public cloud. Citrix and Microsoft are working closely together to develop this modern application delivery platform based on Azure Resource Manager (ARM). This article introduces the multiple variants of hosting XenApp and XenDesktop on Azure, allowing potential customers to make the right choices for their particular use cases and business models. Before looking at the details of the different XenApp and XenDesktop on Azure options it is helpful to define [...]

Enable Discrete Device Assignment on Windows Server 2016 TP5

By |June 4th, 2016|Tags: |

Article by Benny Tritsch and Kris Griffin In Windows Server 2016, GPUs for Remote Desktop Session Host will only be available through Discrete Device Assignment (DDA), but not RemoteFX. The good thing about DDA is that it can also be used for Windows 10 VMs. While RemoteFX is based on GPU sharing and API intercept, DDA is an implementation of GPU pass-through. This means that the physical GPU is passed through directly and exclusively to the RDSH or the Windows 10 VM. Instead of generic virtual device drivers it is possible to use the GPU manufacturer's graphics driver in the [...]

Is There a Microsoft “Mobile First, Cloud First” Strategy for VDI?

By |April 21st, 2014|Tags: , |

Since Satya Nadella became Microsoft’s CEO, “mobile first, cloud first” is the new mantra.  But what about Windows desktops and applications delivered from the cloud?  If you want to establish an enterprise-level VDI or remote desktop environment that is only based on Microsoft products and components, you will be confronted with different management challenges. While the individual components of an RDVH/RDSH environment are great, putting them together properly and maintaining them sufficiently is a dark art.  Sure thing, Citrix and VMware are able to compensate such shortcomings, but is this what Microsoft really wants? If not, what are the missing pieces? Read [...]

3D Graphics for Virtual Desktops Smackdown

By |April 18th, 2014|Tags: |

On April 8, Ruben Spruijt (@rspruijt), Shawn Bass (@shawnbass) and I published our brand new whitepaper “3D Graphics for Virtual Desktops Smackdown”. Our intention is to provide an independent overview of GPU-accelerated desktop virtualization solutions and products. Like Ruben and Shawn, I’m absolutely convinced that accelerating the remoting of 3D graphics by hardware is a game changer in our industry. Running high-end CAD/CAM application in virtual desktops and gaming from the cloud are only two of the most obvious use cases. But there are many more, leveraging greater flexibility at work, seamless application integration, improved security and control, and advanced Bring Your Own scenarios. Even though suitable GPUs are still [...]

Presentation: Microsoft Windows Server 2012 RDS vs Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop, a comparison

By |March 20th, 2014|

Friday March 14 Freek Berson and Wilco van Bragt presented a session at the Dutch Citrix User Group (DuCUG), hosted al Dell in Amsterdam. The session was called Microsoft Windows Server 2012 RDS vs Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop, a comparison. Freek covered the Microsoft RDS part during the session and Wilco the Citrix part. The abstract of our session; “In this session Wilco van Bragt and Freek Berson will demo some of the differences between Microsoft RDS on Windows Server 2012(R2) and Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop, focusing on Session-Based Desktop virtualization. Both solutions have their PRO’s and CON’s and we’ll look at some specific functionalities [...]

RemoteFX vGPU – GPU Accelerated VDI

By |January 27th, 2014|

I'm a big fan of RemoteFX and vGPU, which is Microsoft's solution for hardware accelerated desktop and application remoting. Now VDI expert and community fellow Ruben Spruijt (@rspruijt) asked Shawn Bass (@shawnbass) and me if we want to join him to write a new “smackdown” whitepaper on hardware accelerated graphics solutions for VDI. In the past, Ruben has published a number of such comparison whitepapers covering various topics, and they enjoy a great reputation in the market. The goal of this new whitepaper is to inform community and industry about use cases, vendors, solutions, technologies and differences around hardware accelerated desktop [...]