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Desktop Virtualization Strategies

Strategies to help the business and IT benefit from virtualization strategies through effective management, security and recovery techniques

May 31, 2012


7 CPE / 0.7 CEU / CISSP / 7 PDU Credits Awarded


Conference location: Donald E. Stephens Convention Center Rosemont (O'Hare) Illinois


Desktop virtualization can increase desktop security, reduce desktop and responsibilities and reduce calls to your help desk Virtualization of IT desktop infrastructure and applications promises the following benefits:

  • Desktop Virtualization can significantly decrease maintenance and support costs

  • Easier provisioning of new desktops

  • Reduced downtime with server or client hardware failures

  • Decreased cost of new application deployment

  • Desktop image management capabilities

  • Longer refresh cycle for client desktop infrastructure

  • Secure remote access to the enterprise desktop environment

  • But still many do not understand at its basic level, what Virtual Desktop Infrastructure is. Economic survival and sustainability is a shared concern among many top executives. This leads to increased emphasis on recovery/continuity of operations and data. What should you be doing differently in this economic climate to adhere to enterprise wide goals?

What You Will Learn

In this one day conference attendees will learn:

  • An exact definition of desktop virtualization

  • The pros and cons of desktop virtualization

  • How to determine if it is right for your organization

  • How to build a project plan for desktop virtualization

  • How to implement desktop virtualization in your infrastructure

  • How to modify your DR and Security plans

  • How to avoid implementation and management pitfalls

  • How other IT departments are working through these challenges

  • How to implement a comprehensive risk management strategy to support the needs of the enterprise

Conference Program

8:00am - 9:00am - Registration and Continental Breakfast



Mobility: How to Leverage Desktop Virtualization to Effectively Mobilize the Enterprise

Elias Khnaser, Technology Officer, Sigma Solutions

The industry is once again going through a profound change or as some would say disruption. According to industry analysts, nearly 30% of companies support the iPad today, while another 30% plan to support it in the future. As organizations begin to support devices such as tablets and smartphones, they want to take full advantage of the possibilities by connecting them to applications and enterprise data. Desktop Virtualization can make this happen.

In this session attendees will learn how to leverage desktop virtualization for effective enterprise mobility.

Content that will be covered includes:

  • How to articulate the business benefit to stakeholders
  • How IT can rein in control of mobile devices through desktop virtualization
  • How to facilitate worker access to enterprise data and applications from any smart device
  • How to convert your existing laptops/desktops into thin clients thereby lengthening the life cycles of the equipment
  • How to control security and management updates

10:00am -10:30am - Refreshment Break



Understanding the Pros and Cons of Desktop Virtualization

Mark Gierke, Sr. Cloud Technical Specialist, dinCloud

Desktop Virtualization has a lot of promise, but it is important to understand the reality of the undertaking. While there are some similarities between desktop and server virtualization, there are many differences.
When making a move to Virtual Desktop platform, IT executives and management should consider advantages and disadvantages:

  • There are exponentially more desktops than servers to support
  • Since server virtualization teams may not be responsible for virtual desktop, desktop groups may need to rethink their strategy for patching, management, software distribution, etc.
  • Desktop challenges may include uniqueness of end-user images
  • How to handle one-off machines in different departments that may need to be patched/managed separately
  • In certain environments (universities) it might be a challenge to lock down the PCs since there are different groups being supported
  • The costs of network and storage additions/enhancements
  • In a virtual desktop environment hardware can be stretched out longer
  • With less hardware there is less ‘break and fix’
  • Significantly less IT staff time spent fixing machines
  • Easier patching and management in some environments



Virtual Desktop Project Planning: How to Design, Modify and Implement

Jeanne Morain, Director of Strategic Alliances, Flexera Software

Organizations with local, national and international presences all have distributed PCs that need to be managed, updated, secured, etc. VDI can help alleviate many of these concerns. At the same time, by mid 2010, many enterprises will be looking to make a move to Windows 7. These two areas might make the timing right to move forward with virtual desktop for many organizations.
But how do you integrate desktop virtualization into your environment?

In this session attendees will learn how:

  • To develop a checklist that includes: Delivery options, costs, power and cooling, network load, organizational structure, user and application mismatch
  • To start with a desktop environment assessment to understand into the scope, size and impact of a virtual desktop infrastructure implementation
  • To design and modify your hardware and software environment
  • Virtual desktop can help manage your distributed environment
  • The impact of Windows 7 and how virtual desktop can support a potential rollout
  • The time and involvement of your staff to make sure the rollouts of both go smoothly
  • To avoid pitfalls with virtual desktop implementation

12:30pm - 1:30pm Luncheon




How to Modify Your DR Plan to Include Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

Chris Fadool, Systems Engineer, WHIPTAIL

Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity are always top of mind with IT professionals.
How should you refine your DR/BC plan with migrating to a desktop virtualization environment and what should you include?

In this session, attendees will learn:

  • How to analyze your changing environment, processes and business/technology requirements
  • How to handle diverse data pools supporting the desktop, operating systems and user data
  • How to centralize, secure and manage the data
  • How to back up all virtual desktops and user data directly
  • How to automate disaster recovery

2:30pm - 3:00pm - Refreshment Break



Desktop Virtualization, BYOD and Security: Understanding the Benefits and the Risks

Annur Sumar, Consultant/Former VP of IT, Duff & Phelps 

Desktop virtualization promises enhanced security against malware and data leaks. Many claim that the real advantage is that data location and processing is done centrally. Others mention that not having to worry about machines walking out the door can help preclude intellectual property from falling into the wrong hands.
At the same time, there might be others attacks that are looking to target virtual machines.

In this session, attendees will learn how to develop a plan that covers the following:

  • Tools and techniques exist to test the isolation provided by desktop virtualization?
  • How to evaluate the security of a desktop virtualization environment
  • Are ease-of-use and integration with the host operating system always inversely proportional to security?
  • Are there ease-of-use features that should be disabled to provide higher security?
  • How to prevent attacks are targeting virtual machines
  • How to detect unauthorized virtual machine deployment?
  • What other security threats are out there in virtualized environment



Vande Voort




How Enterprises are Leveraging Desktop Virtualization for Business Benefit

David Klauser, BDM, OnX Enterprise Solutions
Panelists will include:
Lee Vande Voort, CIO, Central College
Nicholas Timmerman, Manager, Enterprise Infrastructure, Midmark Corporation
Ben Bayle, Computer and Information Systems Manager, CUSD District #428
Geary Smith, Director, End User Services, McHenry County College
and other professionals from IT departments

In this session, attendees will learn how IT departments are using virtual desktop to the benefit of their enterprises. Topics that will be covered include:

  • Costs savings
  • Where those savings are being redistributed
  • How IT is driving more value for the organization
  • How to handle implementation issues
  • How to leverage desktop virtualization and BYOD to simplify device management

Conference Price: $259.00 per person

Each attendee will receive a certificate awarding 7 CPE credits for CISSP continuing education, in addition to 0.7 CEUs and 7 PDUs. CISSP is a registered certification mark of (ISC)², Inc.


As is always the case at CAMP IT Conferences events, the talks will not include product presentations.  During the continental breakfast, coffee breaks, and the luncheon break you will have the opportunity to informally meet representatives from the following sponsoring companies, who have solutions in the area of the conference.