Good news from the Worldwide Consulting Desktop & Apps (DnA) team! We’ve just finished updating the Virtual Desktop Handbook for XenDesktop 7, StoreFront 2.0 and XenServer 6.2.

The Virtual Desktop Handbook is an architect’s guide to desktop virtualization. It provides you with the methodology, experience and best practices you need to successfully design your own desktop virtualization solution.

Updates in this release include:

  • Resource requirements for Windows 8 and Server 2012
  • XD controller sizing
  • XenDesktop 7 policy guidelines
  • Database sizing for XenDesktop 7
  • SQL 2012 chapter
  • StoreFront 2.0 chapter
  • 32-bit or 64-bit desktop OS guidance
  • Desktop group & StoreFront integration

In addition, we’ve also included a Citrix policy quick reference spreadsheet so that you can quickly identify default, baseline and template settings from XenDesktop 5 / XenApp 6 all the way up to XenDesktop 7. Thanks go out to Michael Havens, Maria Chang and Uzair Ali for creating this great reference spreadsheet.

I hope you find this handbook useful during your next desktop virtualization project.

And we’re not done yet, future updates will include:

  • Bandwidth
  • Hyper-V 2012
  • PVS 7
  • User data
  • And more …

The Virtual Desktop Handbook is not the only resource to guide you through your desktop virtualization journey. Citrix also provides Project Accelerator; an interactive online tool creating customized sizing and design recommendations based on the methodology, best practices and expert advice identified within this handbook.

You can still reach the XenDesktop 5 handbook using the old URL –  CTX136546

Andy Baker – Architect
Worldwide Consulting
Desktop & Apps Team
Virtual Desktop Handbook
Project Accelerator