How West Nottinghamshire College tamed Microsoft Active Directory for desktop virtualisation


How West Nottinghamshire College tamed Microsoft Active Directory for desktop virtualisation

Jenny Williams

The configuration of an organisation's Microsoft Active Directory (AD) domain services can be a challenge when deploying virtualisation software.

Simple configuration errors can lead to a mismatch between the user credentials and policies across the AD, complicating a virtual desktop deployment.

West Nottinghamshire College is deploying a virtual desktop environment based on VirtualDesktopServer and ThinClientServer from 2X Software to support 25,000 users. Consultant and business development director at 2X, Paul Robinson, visited West Nottinghamshire College five times to support the deployment of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and resolve issues with its Microsoft AD (authentication onto the network).

He says the virtualisation software implementation only takes a couple of days, but common problems with getting the AD and name resolution working correctly slows down the process.

At West Nottinghamshire College, the main AD hosted on a Windows server had to be upgraded to Windows Server 2008 R2 .

In Robinson's experience many IT environments are often not ready for thin-client virtualisation. Problems can occur when an administrator changes an attribute of an item or creates a profile and then carries on configuring AD without waiting for AD synchronisation.

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