Andy Baker

Based in Bethesda, Maryland, Andy Baker is a member of the Citrix Worldwide Consulting Solutions team where he focuses on creating and distributing Citrix best practices. Before relocating to the USA in 2011, Andy worked as a Citrix Consultant in the UK where he led some of the region’s largest and most high-profile projects across a wide-range of industries including healthcare, government, finance, retail, media and utility. Prior to joining Citrix in 2004, Andy spent five years working for Unisys as a Microsoft and virtualization specialist.
  1. Common Risks During Consulting Assessments (2013) – Overview

    From 2008 to 2009 - Nick Rintalan, Hector Lima, Scott Thompson and Mike Schaeffer all contributed to an excellent whitepaper detailing the top 10 risks Citrix Consultants typically encounter during an assessment project. As this whitepaper mentions – “While each assessment is unique, Citrix Consulting has found that certain issues persist from customer to customer.” And this is still true five years later. We always provide tailored ...

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  2. Project Accelerator’s Powerful New Sizing Table

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    Project Accelerator guides users towards a successful deployment of XenDesktop, XenApp and XenClient. It is founded on the Citrix Consulting best practices documented in the Virtual Desktop Handbook and the testing completed by the Citrix Solution Labs team. As you proceed through the web application, you have opportunities to get advice, leverage additional tools, customize your design and receive deliverables tailored to your requirements. We’ve been ...

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  3. Feedback sought on Citrix Virtual Desktop Handbook

    The Citrix Consulting Team is seeking participants for a short survey to ensure customers and partners are getting what they need from the Citrix Virtual Desktop Handbook. The survey will take about five to 10 minutes to complete, and feedback is being accepted for either version of the handbook (5.x or 7.x). Participants’ answers and information is confidential and only will be used internally at Citrix for ...

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  4. Great New Look for the Virtual Desktop Handbook

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    The Virtual Desktop Handbook is an architect’s guide to desktop virtualization. It provides you with the methodology, experience and best practices you need to successfully design your own desktop virtualization solution. Since its launch in February 2013, the Virtual Desktop Handbook has become one of the most popular articles on citrix.com with more than 55,000 downloads. However, we recognize that the handbook can be difficult to ...

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  5. NEW – XenDesktop 7 Handbook Published

    Good news from the Worldwide Consulting Desktop & Apps (DnA) team! We’ve just finished updating the Virtual Desktop Handbook for XenDesktop 7, StoreFront 2.0 and XenServer 6.2. The Virtual Desktop Handbook is an architect’s guide to desktop virtualization. It provides you with the methodology, experience and best practices you need to successfully design your own desktop virtualization solution. Updates in this release include: Resource requirements for Windows 8 ...

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  6. Virtual Desktops: 32-bit or 64-bit Desktop Operating Systems?

    One of the key decisions during a XenDesktop design is whether to use the 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) version of the Windows desktop operating system.  I’ve seen a few projects falter because they’ve opted for the 64-bit version without really thinking this decision through and I want to make sure that this doesn’t happen to you. Question: What’s the benefit from implementing a 64-bit desktop ...

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  7. Everything that you need to know about user segmentation!

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    You can’t fit a square peg in a round hole and you can’t expect people to use a specific type of virtual desktop without considering their needs.  It’s all about finding the right balance between key business drivers (increased security, reduced management, etc.) and providing people with a virtual desktop that allows them to be successful in their job (work offline, install applications, run resource ...

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  8. XenApp 6.5 Hosted Shared Desktop sizing example

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    In this blog series I’m taking a look at scalability considerations for XenApp 6.5 Hosted Shared Desktops, specifically: How to estimate XenApp 6.5 Hosted Shared Desktop scalability What’s the optimal XenApp 6.5 VM specification? XenApp 6.5 Hosted Shared Desktop sizing example My last post provided guidance on the optimal XenApp virtual machine specification.  Now in the last post of the series, I’m going to walk through an example sizing ...

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  9. What’s the optimal XenApp 6.5 VM configuration?

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    In this blog series I’m taking a look at scalability considerations for XenApp 6.5, specifically: How to estimate XenApp 6.5 Hosted Shared Desktop scalability What’s the optimal XenApp 6.5 VM specification? XenApp 6.5 Hosted Shared Desktop sizing example My last post provided guidance on how to estimate XenApp density based on processor specification and user workload.  In the second post of the series, I’m taking a look at the ...

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  10. Hyper-V 2008 R2 Planning Guide for XenDesktop 5.6 – Now Available

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    A key advantage of XenDesktop is that it works with three of the most common virtualization products on the market today – Citrix XenServer, Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware vSphere.  However, each of these Hypervisors has a different architecture and feature set. Since each XenDesktop design will vary according to the Hypervisor chosen, we’ve created three separate Planning Guides: CTX134944: XenDesktop Planning Guide – Integration with Microsoft ...

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