Many customers I’m dealing with, currently are in a POC phase or are running a Pilot to get a first hand experience on a real type 1 hypervisor.
However, many of these engineers / architects say: I’m still prototyping my VM’s for various use cases so I’m spending the engineering time on the endpoint and will start looking at the back-end piece once I got more time.
 
That doesn’t sounds quite right for me… Because I experienced, that there’s no additional time needed really, you actually save time on the very first day when start using Synchronizer for XenClient. I personally only have two notebooks, where one of them is not being used currently, however I couldn’t survive WITHOUT Synchronizer for XenClient. 

 
So why you should use Synchronizer for XenClient

  • 1st of all Synchronizer for XenClient will be installed in a few minutes!
  • It’s just so easy to deploy a new desktop
  • It allows a single image architecture
  • It implements and automates an easy backup method
  • It has an efficient way to update your image using compressed block level differentials
  • Your users will be enabled with a self service technology
    (provision a new desktop or recover an existing one including all user data)  

 
As a technology focused person I’m quit inpatient and really was not a friend of doing regular backups. Using Synchronizer for XenClient enables me even on my production desktop to quickly re-purpose my PC for testing other stuff, because I know I’ll be back on my image with all my data in a very short time. I’ll boot my notebook from my USB stick (see http://community.citrix.com/display/ocb/2010/11/19/XenClient+-+Create+your+USB+install+stick) and install my corporate image from the last backup.



 
As you may know Citrix XenClient including the Synchronizer for XenClient is free for up to 10 managed  endpoints, in case you’re not owning a XenDesktop Enterprise or Platinum license yet. I plan to add a few more blogs on the technology used and how XenClient interacts with the backend, so consider to install the back-end right now  







Have fun with your XenClient and Synchronizer for XenClient!

Walter Hofstetter

walter.hofstetter[at]cirix.com