Psiren writes: I'm investigating our options for moving towards desktop virtualisation. We moved most of our servers onto VMWare several years ago, and frankly I don't know how I managed without it. Server virtualiation is pretty much the norm now, but it doesn't yet seem to have taken off in the same way on the desktop. I've started looking at VMWare View, Xen Desktop and also Sun Ray's. The Sun Ray demo I was given was very impressive. My question to you all is, are you using (or about to use) desktop virtualisation, and if so, what route did you take? More importantly, was it worth it?
To give an idea of scale, we'd be moving about 100 PC's over, all running Windows 7. The vast majority will be mostly basic office work, nothing too taxing. I like the idea of continuing to use VMWare as it ties in nicely with our server infrastructure, but I suspect the cost may be prohibitive on this small scale.
Psiren writes: In six months or so my colleague is planning to leave and I will take over responsibility for the Windows servers. I have been a Linux/Unix sysadmin for many years, and have of course managed Windows machines in that time, but never to any great depth. I have worked closely with my colleague over the last few years to integrate our Windows and Linux systems as much as possible, so I am familiar with the basics, but am also well aware of the significant differences between the two. I am interested in finding resources that will be useful to help me in this transition. Recommendations for decent admin books for Windows Server 2003 would be a good start, especially those written from the more technical standpoint. Useful websites are generally a google away, but if you have any favourites I'd appreciate some links. Any other advice (other than "Don't do it!") is welcome.