One of the best things about my position is I get to talk to a lot of smart people, do some pretty cool things (like playing around with the iPad), and constantly learn. For example, any idea why you would modify the “Maximum Transition Rate”? Do you even have an idea what it is?

I learn about all of these things every day that helps in the overall XenDesktop architecture. I’ve come to realize that building a XenDesktop environment isn’t really that hard, but if you want to do it right so that it scales and is optimized, then you might want to brush up on the best practices. And because XenDesktop can use XenServer, Hyper-V and vSphere, the list gets longer. I’ve got some new stuff and goodies to share around storage, Provisioning services, XenServer, VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, and Windows 7.

I thought I would share some of these recommendations with you in an upcoming Ask the Architect TechTalk (aren’t I nice? ) Here are the wonderful details:

Oh, I almost forgot, that “Maximum Transition Rate” thingy. It is for the XenDesktop controller to determine how many simultaneous desktop startups it can do. We typically recommend the following

  • XenServer: 40
  • Hyper-V: 40
  • vSphere (without DRS): 40
  • vSphere (with DRS): 20

Attend the TechTalk and you will learn why DRS number is lower as well as many other goodies.





Daniel – Lead Architect – Worldwide Consulting Solutions
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