Using Microsoft VDI to Enable New Workstyles Jump Start

This course is designed for IT Pros interested in the latest approaches to desktop virtualization, the business cases for each, guidance for choosing appropriate virtual desktop types according to requirements and architectural guidance for building a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with appropriate sizing, scalability and fault tolerance. In addition to VDI, Microsoft Sr. Technical Evangelist Joey Snow and holSystems’ Lead Architect Corey Hynes will cover Session Virtualization, application and user state virtualization, and scenarios for desktop virtualization vs. traditional desktops.

In later modules, Technical Product Marketing Manager Adam Carter will join Joey to discuss the Microsoft-Citrix
v-Alliance program and provide context and scope for understanding when Microsoft-only desktop virtualization
makes sense and when a Citrix v-Alliance solution is appropriate.



  • Module 01 | VDI Overview
          - What is/why VDI?
          - Sessions/Personal/Pooled; VDI vs App-V and UE-V (DV overview)
  • Module 02 | Windows Server 2012 User Experience 
          - RemoteFX for WAN; USB Redirection; Adaptive Graphics
          - Windows 8 Client/Start Menu Integration/Touch; User Profile Disk
  • Module 03 | Windows Server 2012 VDI Management
          - Deployment Wizard; Admin Console
          - Collection Creation/Update
          - Powershell; SCCM and SCOM
  • Module 04 | Why Hyper-V?
          - Dynamic Memory; RemoteFX vGPU
          - Storage Spaces and SMB, CSV
  • Module 05 | Capacity Planning & Architecture
          - Hardware Recommendations; High Availability
          - Storage Options (san/jbod/smb/ssd)
  • Module 06 | Leveraging Citrix
          - Support for Windows XP/2008/2003/etc.
          - Support for non-Windows clients (iPad, etc.)
          - Management at Scale
  • Module 07 | Microsoft VDI Licensing
          - Demystifying the license requirements for VDI/RDS solutions
Instructor Team
Joey Snow | Senior Technical Evangelist | @joeysnow
Joey focuses on the IT Professional audience for Windows, Windows Server, and Windows Azure. Based in Redmond, WA, Joey works closely with relevant Microsoft Product Teams to evangelize new technology and products to the IT Pro community at large. He shares his knowledge and expertise online – via Channel 9 and is a frequent speaker at various Microsoft and industry-sponsored events. Joey has been with Microsoft for over 4 years having previously served over 12 years at a Fortune 500 company where he held a variety of IT roles ranging from IT architecture and management to helpdesk. Outside of work you can find Joey spending time with his wife and two children and actively feeding his sports and music addictions.
Corey Hynes | Lead Technical Architect | @holsystems
Corey has been a core infrastructure architect and consultant in the field for over 15 years. His primary focus is operating system virtualization, management and deployment. Corey has been working with Hyper-V, XenDesktop and VMware extensively since they were introduced and he is currently a member of the Windows 8 TAP program. He is the author of over 100 labs across multiple product lines, and is the lead author of the Windows Server 2012 hands-on labs currently available on TechNet. Corey is also the owner and lead technical architect for holSystems, an online VM hosting engine for training and demo providers which hosts thousands of VM instances in a custom, thin-provisioning engine, and is the platform used for hands-on labs, instructor-led labs, and on-demand virtual labs worldwide.
Adam Carter | VDI Product Manager | @adambomb00
Adam works in the Enterprise Client Marketing group focused on VDI and Remote Access technologies. Prior to this role, Adam was a Technical Evangelist engaging IT Pros at conferences and his video series on TechNet Edge. Adam has spent his entire career working with and on behalf of IT Pros.
Live Event Details
April 18, 2013
9:00am - 5:00pm (PDT)

Using Microsoft VDI to Enable New Workstyles




IT Pros


While specific virtualization experience is not required, the audience should have proficiency with Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), networking and experience with virtualization technologies.