Windows 7 updates deliver more bang for your buck

Posted by sumeethevans on February 10 2011, 6:54 AM. Posted in Windows 7.

I want to touch on some updates designed to help you effectively manage your IT environment. You’ve shared with me the need to get the most out of your current infrastructure and how you’re turning to desktop virtualization to make this happen while using it to accelerate your Windows 7 deployments. We have some updates based on your feedback and aimed at simplifying the process:
  • A while back, we lowered VDI licensing costs by making desktop access rights a Software Assurance (SA) benefit.
  • When we released our application virtualization solution, App-V 4.6, we also reduced storage costs for VDI, making it possible to store a single copy of virtual applications on a SAN while deploying them to multiple virtual machines.
  • Now, with SP1, we are working to lower the operational expenses of VDI by optimizing VM density through the new Dynamic Memory functionality in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. More info here..
  • We are also pleased to announce Windows Thin PC (WinTPC), an upcoming SA benefit. WinTPC is a smaller footprint, locked down version of Windows 7, designed to allow customers to repurpose their existing PCs as thin clients. PCs with WinTPC will not require the VDA license that regular thin clients will need to access VDI desktops. WinTCP is expected to be available for download from the Microsoft Connect Site in Q1 2011.

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