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Ron Oglesby educates enterprise IT organizations and solution providers on how to reduce the costs of desktop management and ensure the success of desktop virtualization initiatives. His years of experience as a Citrix Technology Professional (CTP), VMware vExpert, and Microsoft MVP and his strong rapport with IT professionals equip him to shape implementation strategies for Unidesk customers and influence the Unidesk product roadmap.

What is Unidesk Labs?

Posted by Ron Oglesby on Jun 9, 2016

Unidesk Labs is our new way of allowing early access to new features before they are generally available. See, Unidesk is an Agile Development shop. Our engineers develop new features and functionality in 2 week sprints, with a new release (code drop) about every 4 to 6 weeks. So instead of running development cycles that are several months long to get a large set of features all at once, we can release small sets of features and make them available for testing right away!

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Agent-Based Management Systems in XenApp/RDSH and VDI Environments: An Architect’s Thoughts

Posted by Ron Oglesby on Apr 27, 2016

I still hear a lot of talk and debate about using traditional PC management products (e.g. MS System Center Configuration Manager, BigFix, LANdesk) in virtualized environments.

Some Admins/Architects cannot understand why anyone would move away from these existing tools just because their desktops and apps are moving into a virtual world.

Others have the opposite reaction, and can’t believe there are shops "still using those old traditional tools" in their new virtual environments.

The reality is that there are reasons to keep agent-based management systems like SCCM in virtualized Citrix XenApp/RDSH and VDI environments, and reasons to dump them in favor of new technologies such as app layering that are designed for virtualized datacenters and the cloud. As you’ll see here, it really all depends (sorry, I was a consultant for too many years… everything depends).

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XenApp 6.5 Upgrade to 7.6: What You Need To Know Before Migrating

Posted by Ron Oglesby on Jun 30, 2015

If you’re on Citrix XenApp 5.0, XenApp 6.0, or XenApp 6.5, you know the upgrade to 7.6 isn't going to be easy. At least XenApp 6.5 support has been extended, allowing you to delay the inevitable. But there's some good news in this delay. You now have time to take advantage of a new solution that will make all future XenApp upgrades a piece of cake, while making your server farm a lot easier to manage in the process.

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Unidesk and Microsoft VDI Feature: Desktop Provisioning

Posted by Ron Oglesby on Mar 5, 2015

Here's another video on Unidesk and Microsoft VDI. My last one showed how layering eliminates gold image sprawl in VDI by enabling you to use 1 clean Windows OS layer for all VMs. Today's video shows how Unidesk makes provisioning a desktop or groups of desktops on Hyper-V super-efficient. You'll see how to build VMs from any combination of OS and app layer VHDs, and drop the VMs straight into collections for easy access through RD Connection Broker.

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Unidesk for Hyper-V Feature: Windows Image Management

Posted by Ron Oglesby on Feb 26, 2015

In my last video blog, I showed how Unidesk puts an end to application virtualization issues in VDI. and how application layering lets you deliver apps to all RDS desktops from one installation point. Today's video shows how Unidesk eliminates gold image sprawl. You'll only have to patch Windows once for all RDS collections, no matter how differently your desktops are configured.

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Unidesk for Hyper-V Feature: Application Layering for Microsoft VDI

Posted by Ron Oglesby on Feb 13, 2015

In my last video blog, I showed how Unidesk for Hyper-V brings simplicity and scalability to the mangement of RDS collections and desktops. Today's video shows how Unidesk application layering technology makes application virtualization issues a thing of the past for Microsoft VDI.

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Unidesk for Hyper-V Feature: Management of RDS Collections

Posted by Ron Oglesby on Feb 5, 2015

Over the next few weeks leading up to our official general availabiity announcement of Unidesk 3.0 for Hyper-V, I'm going to be posting videos that demonstrate different Unidesk features. Today's video is how Unidesk brings simplicity and scalability to the management of Microsoft RDS collections and desktops.

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Don’t Over-Build Your Hosts for VMware VSAN

Posted by Ron Oglesby on Mar 31, 2014

VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) is a new hypervisor-converged storage technology that's getting a lot of attention. And for good reason. It has the potential to offer incredible I/O performance at much lower price points (compared to SAN) by leveraging cheap local storage.

But like any new technology, you have to fully understand what VMware VSAN is and how it's going to be applied before you start making cost assumptions and configuration recommendations.

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How does Unidesk Layering work? Part 5:The Personalization Layer

Posted by Ron Oglesby on Nov 25, 2013

Often, when first introduced to Unidesk technology, admins will call it “magic.” This response is both flattering and somewhat undeserved! Magic has often been used to describe events or processes that the viewer could not explain. But Unidesk is not magic; it is just really cool technology that is easy to understand once you break it down.

In this series, we will explore how Unidesk layering works. We will look at how file systems are merged or blended. We will review the creation process of our composite registry. We will look at replication and even take a deep look at our conflict resolution mechanisms with the end goal of demystifying our layering!

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How does Unidesk Layering work? Part 3: Delete Tokens

Posted by Ron Oglesby on Oct 28, 2013

Often, when first introduced to Unidesk technology, admins will call it “magic”. This response is both flattering and somewhat undeserved! Magic has often been used to describe events or processes that the viewer could not explain. But Unidesk is not magic, it is just really cool technology that is easy to understand once you break it down.

In this series, we will explore how Unidesk layering works. We will look at how file systems are merged or blended. We will review the creation process of our composite registry. We will look at replication and even take a deep look at our conflict resolution mechanisms with the end goal of demystifying our layering!

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How does Unidesk Layering Work? Part 2: The Registry

Posted by Ron Oglesby on Oct 21, 2013

Often, when first introduced to Unidesk technology, admins will call it “magic”. This response is both flattering and somewhat undeserved! Magic has often been used to describe events or processes that the viewer could not explain. But Unidesk is not magic, it is just really cool technology that is easy to understand once you break it down.

In this series, we will explore how Unidesk layering works. We will look at how file systems are merged or blended. We will review the creation process of our composite registry. We will look at replication and even take a deep look at our conflict resolution mechanisms with the end goal of demystifying our layering!

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How does Unidesk Layering Work? Part 1: The File System

Posted by Ron Oglesby on Oct 9, 2013

Often, when first introduced to Unidesk technology, admins will call it “magic”. This response is both flattering and somewhat undeserved! Magic has often been used to describe events or processes that the viewer could not explain. But Unidesk is not magic, it is just really cool technology that is easy to understand once you break it down.

In this series, we will explore how Unidesk layering works. We will look at how file systems are merged or blended. We will review the creation process of our composite registry. We will look at replication and even take a deep look at our conflict resolution mechanisms with the end goal of demystifying our layering!

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Persistent VDI desktops: It’s not about how the desktop is built

Posted by Ron Oglesby on May 9, 2013

One of the common irks I have in talking to customers is that companies have used the words “persistent” and “non-persistent” to mean many different things. Often to confuse the customer or make it seem like they have something when they actually don’t (for example, “persistent” Linked Clone VMs from VMware).

This for me is an issue because persistence is about the user experience and functionality, not about a particular virtual disk’s state or type, or how the desktop is created or updated.

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Introducing the Unidesk Certified Professional!

Posted by Ron Oglesby on Mar 28, 2013

A few weeks ago Unidesk released its first, official, technical certification. It was not a surprise to those in our community because late last year we offered a “beta” test based on our Unidesk 1.6 software. Then I basically was on hold with a ton of other projects and certification got pushed back until this year. But as George Costanza says "I'm back baby!"

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Unidesk Report Now Available in Lakeside SysTrack for VDI Assessments

Posted by Ron Oglesby on Feb 25, 2013

Today at VMware Partner Exchange 2013, Unidesk announced a technology alliance with Lakeside Software, a leader in big data analytics for IT. Lakeside is known for its SysTrack product suite, which automates all kinds of IT tasks, such as power management, user auditing, performance monitoring, change management, event management, latency and end-user experience management, application resource analysis, chargeback, and more.

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ThinApp and 64-bit OS/Apps. No, it does not work.

Posted by Ron Oglesby on Jan 23, 2013

Got off a demo with a potential partner the other day and one of the guys on the call said:

"Hey, this is pretty cool, at least you guys can handle 64-bit apps"

For a second I was stumped. What was he talking about? I mean, I remember back in like 2009/2010 ThinApp couldn't capture 64-bit apps, but they must have "fixed" that by now, right?

So I do a quick search, while still on the call and found this: Capturing a ThinApp application on a 64-bit operating system

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Complications of App Virtualization – Is the Juice Worth the Squeeze?

Posted by Ron Oglesby on Jan 15, 2013

Recently I was on a call with our CTO Chris Midgley who introduced a new slide to explain the difference between Unidesk layering and application virtualization with regards to simplicity. The slide was so simple in explaining the core problem with app-virt that I just needed to post it here and give you my take on WHY this problem exists.

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Why Unidesk?

Posted by Ron Oglesby on Oct 9, 2012

What is it about Unidesk that makes customers want to do webinars and stand in a booth at VMworld for hours describing the product to other customers? Why did I come to Unidesk 3+ years ago before we even had a product announced? (Lots of people in the industry asked that question) Why would anyone build a technology and try to compete with the big guys in the Personalization, Application or OS management space? Isn’t that just crazy? Don’t the big guys like Citrix, VMware, Microsoft, Symantec, etc have all of this figured out?

Why does Unidesk exist?

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Application Repair in Unidesk 2.0

Posted by Ron Oglesby on Sep 19, 2012

After my previous blog post about desktop personalization layer backup and repair I wanted to touch on a more surgical repair feature that is often overlooked in Unidesk: our ability to repair single application layers in individual desktops.

To understand how we do this we have to start with an explanation of how an application "gets broken". Let's assume your user has done something to corrupt an application. This may be that they have installed an app plugin (picture a word plugin that smashes some DLLs) or they have installed a completely unrelated application that steps on some files or changes registry entries that a corporate application uses. Or, worst case, they just uninstalled or deleted the application.

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Personalization Layer Archiving in Unidesk 2.0

Posted by Ron Oglesby on Sep 17, 2012

One of the new features in Unidesk 2.0 is actually of combination of a couple of existing features, wrapped in a new technical solution that allows for storing Personalization Layer backups on a 3rd tier storage solution.

What I am talking about here is our new Archive tier of storage for personalization layer recovery points/backups.

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