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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type

Starred Paper

Degree Name

Information Assurance: M.S.


Information Assurance and Information Systems


Herberger School of Business

First Advisor

Dennis Guster

Second Advisor

Susantha Herath

Third Advisor

Christine Metzo

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

VMware, vSphere, vCenter, XenDesktop, Citrix, VDI


Technology now demands secure centralized management of their services. Desktop virtualization allows isolation of the operating system and desktop using Xen Desktop. Now the users of any organization could connect to their own desktops from anywhere and from any client device. Xen Desktop delivers windows applications and desktops as secure mobile service and is capable of delivering full desktops or the applications that are required. It offers storefront software which allows the users to self-service what they wanted. This paper solely focuses on building a Virtual desktop infrastructure, a cloud-ready Desktop as a Service platform using which a company can reduce the cost, time for management and patching the desktops along with independence for applications.

Keywords: desktop virtualization, virtual desktop infrastructure