Additional virtualization tools

Not all organizations are ready to jump into enterprise-wide desktop virtualization, but they may have specific requirements that may be excellent candidates for limited centralized solutions. Furthermore, compatibility issues may arise when trying to assimilate older systems into a virtualized environment. Microsoft provides two solutions that help overcome these challenges—Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs (WinFLP).

VDI enables users to access virtualized instances of Windows desktops running in the datacenter from any network-connected Windows machine. Although VDI might look like a viable option for App-V or MED-V, it falls short of achieving the same business benefits. We do not recommend this solution for general enterprise desktop virtualization. Rather, it is a problem-specific solution.

WinFLP is offered by Microsoft so that you can enable legacy PCs to take advantage of a newer, supported Windows operating system functionality. Based on Windows XP SP2, WinFLP provides limited functionality. For example, PCs running WinFLP cannot run productivity applications like Office. What they can do, however, is run the following:

» Microsoft Remote Desktop Client, Citrix’s ICA Client
» Security software
» Management software
» Back-up and recovery software
» Terminal emulation software
» Web browsers
» Media players
» Instant messaging clients
» Document viewers (e.g., Office, Acrobat)
» .Net Framework
» Third-party Java Virtual Machine

WinFLP can enable older, irreplaceable PCs to take advantage of your virtualization framework. For more information, visit

Source of Information : Elsevier-Microsoft Virtualization Master Microsoft Server Desktop Application and Presentation

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