Before I dig into this interesting – and free – offering available from TrainSignal, I must disclose that I have worked for them in the past, on a lengthy white paper devoted to best practices for IT Cert Preparation. However, I went to work for them because I respect and admire what they do, and so I can submit the free materials on offer here as additional proof that my evaluation of the company is entirely justified. But professional ethics require me to share my past history with them, so now you know!
TrainSignal hired noted virtualization expert David Davis (who holds both CCIE and vExpert certifications from Cisco and VMware, respectively) to compile and deliver this 8-part series of videos on the general subject of Desktop Virtualization and VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure). These videos are collectively entitled Intro To Desktop Virtualization, and all are available on YouTube. Here are links to, and information about each of the 8 lessons:
Lesson 1. Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) (basic overview of current IT desktop set-up and maintenance, primary motivation for use of VDI)
Lesson 2. What is Desktop Virtualization and VDI? (basic definitions, concepts, and technology for VDI)
Lesson 3: Desktop Virtualization vs. Terminal Services (compare and contrast terminal services to desktop virtualization, based on MS RDP versus common VDI approaches)
Lesson 4: Remote Desktop Services (RSD) in Windows Server 2008 R2 (Microsoft Remote Desktop Services, RDS, not to be confused with RDP, is based on Windows Server 2008 R2)
Lesson 5: Citrix’s XenDesktop (covers Citrix XenDesktop virtualization environment works with XenServer, Hyper-V, and vSphere).
Lesson 6: VMware’s View 5 (VMware view works on with vSphere, but offers interesting, powerful capabilities)
Lesson 7: Desktop Virtualization Certifiications (about Desktop Virtualization Certifications from VMware, Citrix, and MS)
Lesson 8: Installing Citrix VDI-in-a-Box (try-it link provides free access to a standalone VDI for vSphere, Hyper-V, and XenServer)
Though the material is a little bit dated (for example, it references VCP 4 rather than VCP 5-DV, the most current VMware Certified Professional credential), there’s still a lot of good content here. It’s a great entry point for those looking to understand the basics of today’s technical and commercial VDI landscape in IT. Highly recommended, and the price is right, too!