Best Microsoft Products for Personal Virtual Desktops

Hi all,

I work for a local authority in IT Support and support 68 schools in our borough.  I have a team of 10 IT Support staff and we like many authorities will be shrinking in office space and having to work more flexibly (as we're losing 2 desks, but not staff).

We currently have a Win7 PC each on our network (2008 R2) and all use Virtual Box to carry out testing on our machines for servers and clients.  As we all have our own VM's and our PC's are setup by the individual, hot desking would be difficult.

I need a setup in our office so we can hotdesk, remote onto a powerful server into a personal VM and also setup VM's within that (or have the facility to do it on a central server rather than on an indivdual PC).  Hope this makes sense!

What's the best setup for my staff to be able to do this?  Hyper-v? App-V? Med-V?, it all seems a bit of a minefield to be honest.

We have money to spend on new server kit and software, but I just need the best solution to be able to have personal virtual desktops with the facility for my staff to still setup test VM's.

Many thanks in advance.

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Posted by: jknox 11 years ago
Red Belt

Hyper-V should be able to do what you are looking for, but I'd suggest trying out ESXi instead.  It's much easier to work with in my opinion and you can try it for free: http://www.vmware.com/products/vsphere/esxi-and-esx/overview.html

I haven't seen much on MED-V, so I can't really speak to that, but it does look interesting.


  • Thanks Jnox - I'll look into ESXi and what that's all about. Hyper-V is great, but I know I need to make sure the server we buy is a beast to handle our VM's. - thatley 11 years ago
  • My servers are not upgraded to server 2008 but i heard that the hyper-v feature would be good. - CML_50oldfox 11 years ago

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