Last week, I showed how Microsoft is diving deep into the cloud with its Azure services, which it detailed at its TechEd conference. But there was more to TechEd than the Azure annoucements. Here's the cool stuff I found on the expo floor last week.
A company new to me, Login VSI has tools to test virtualized desktop environments to ensure performance is solid and scalability is possible on the main platforms (Citrix XenApp, EMC VMware Horizon View, and Microsoft Remote Desktop Services). I've worked quite a bit with VDI tools and have consulted on removing bottlenecks, but I haven't seen a solid tool for load testing. I'm looking forward to trying this tool to see if it lives up to its promise.
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It was obvious that companies were doing their best to show they had cloud-based versions of their traditionally on-premises server tools. It's become an everything-as-a-service world, although this has led to some interesting problems. So I was looking for companies that see those problems and want to help plug the holes. One such hole involves Group Policy. PolicyPak.com has a tool that enhances the use of Group Policy. For example, how do you deploy Group Policy preferences using Microsoft SCCM, Windows Intune, or your own systems-management software when in the cloud? PolicyPak Preferences promises a way: You take an existing Group Policy preferences item, view and save it as an XML file, and get that file to the client PC. PolicyPak Preferences does the rest, keeping Group Policy preferences compliant and maintained even if the computer goes offline.