#4 - Windows XP as a "server"
By Fat Bloke on Feb 08, 2007
So now we're getting to some new "features" which are really making an impact to the SGD business.
But what is this one all about? When would you want to connect to Windows XP Pro as a "server"?
Well, as it happens, there are a couple of compelling situations when you might.
- Connecting to your traditional fat client
Many organisations that haven't yet seen the light, are running the traditional desktop architecture of a windows PC on the desk and all applications installed locally on it.
This model has served us well but is creaking a little with new demands.
You see, in this model the work environment is heavily dependent on that good old PC sitting in the office.
So what happens when the inevitable happens?
What will it mean to your organization when 60% of the guys can't get to the office, can't get to that good old PC?
So one solution is to deploy SGD in a configuration where employees can reach their desktop PC from home.
- Connecting to a Windows XP Pro instance running on a Virtual Server
Desktop Virtualization is hot! We're seeing people now deploying XP Pro on VMware or Xen Servers and using SGD to access them in a secure, controlled way. This delivers the benefits of server based computing (security, mobility, manageability, device choice, etc) by delivering a familiar environment. Not a bad idea eh?
So in the words of a famous European beer manufacturer, SGD 4.3 can now refresh the parts other products can't reach.
And that's why this feature is in at #4