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Persistent Desktops


John Francis1709160537

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Can a user install applications in persistent desktops on their own? I have created persistent desktops and have created a vdisk. How can an individual user who wants to install applications (for example programmers) install their own applications? Is it possible and if so how?

 

Also, reading this below for persistent desktops  it says A user can access all their installed applications. Can they install new application or modify an existing application?

 

 

What is a persistent virtual desktop?

 

Pros: Users own applications, personal desktop

Cons: Storage utilisation/costs, desktop update/management, decreased security

 

A persistent desktop retains data on the desktop itself between logons and reboots. This includes all data such as user settings, applications, internet bookmarks and so on and does not require other other methods of copying data to additional desktops. Additionally a user can have an application installed directly on their desktop which will be retained for them to use and does not require all users having it on their desktop or virtualising the application.

 

When using a persistent desktop a user is assigned a single specific desktop that is only for their use. This ensures they can access their desktop with all their settings and installed applications. Desktops are created from a master image but not re-created after use.

 

By using persistent desktops the provisioning method used increase the storage usage compare to non-persistent desktops. As there is a desktop for each user, their settings and application, which may be 25-35 GB in size per desktop, which increases storage costs. Additionally because the desktops are not re-created from the master image at logoff the desktop updates and other changes must be managed by another solution such as Altiris, WSUS or SCCM which increases management overheads. Security is not as strong as non-persistent desktops because persistent desktops may not be re-created for several months or years without requiring a user to install their applications again and user settings are not backed up centrally.

 

So, what I am reading here below is that Persistent and dedicated desktops can only be created using MCS? or VDI- In - abox?

 

 

 

Both persistent and dedicated - Examples are Desktop OS machines with a static assignment and a Personal vDisk that are created with Machine Creation Services (in Citrix Virtual Desktops), desktops with Personal vDisks that are created with VDI-in-a-Box, physical workstations, and laptops

Both persistent and shared - Examples are Server OS machines that are created with Machine Creation Services (in Citrix Virtual Desktops), and Citrix Virtual Apps servers

Both provisioned and dedicated - Examples are Desktop OS machines with a static assignment but without a Personal vDisk that are created with Provisioning Services (in Citrix Virtual Desktops)

Both provisioned and shared - Examples are Desktop OS machines with a random assignment that are created with Provisioning Services (in Citrix Virtual Desktops), desktops without Personal vDisks that are created with VDI-in-a-Box, and Citrix Virtual Apps servers

 

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