Thursday, March 25, 2010

Learn XenDesktop 4 on Hyper-V 2.0 for Free!

By:Rik Hoffelder
Microsoft recently released a new lab as part of their TechNet Virtual Lab series that allows you to learn how to integrate Citrix XenDesktop 4 with Hyper-V 2.0. As regular readers of this site know, The Generation V has touted Citrix and Microsoft as “Better Together” for some time. This free 90 minute virtual lab will allow you to learn how these two products integrate and how easy it is to deploy and manage your VDI environment. You’ll see why we believe this.

The virtual lab walks you through System Center Virtual Machine Manager, Citrix Delivery Services, and Citrix Provisioning server. This coupled with a Hyper-V 2.0 virtualization platform makes for a solid operating and management infrastructure. What makes this even better is you have the opportunity to explore other aspects of these applications and services; you don’t have to follow the lab steps necessarily, although I strongly recommend it your first time through.

You can access this free lab here. Microsoft offers many other virtual labs on a wide range of products at no charge. Many labs are pre-configured for a specific situation, such as an Exchange migration, or SQL upgrade, while others a fully install and preconfigured giving you an opportunity to try a product without investing time in building your own lab. This is a great learning tool and it’s FREE! Yes there is a catch, isn’t that always the case? So what is it? Well the labs are time limited, after time expires it resets, but you can run them as often as you like. Did I mention it’s FREE? So, what are waiting for, browse on over and give one a try today!



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