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Top 3 Best Tips to Properly Secure a Virtual Desktop System

Anyone who values security knows the importance of installing anti-virus software and proper encryption programs. But while it makes perfect sense to install these things directly onto a personal computer, the approach to protecting a virtualization network is much different. A virtual desktop is not like any other desktop and shouldn’t be treated as such. Here are a few topics to consider to ensure your virtualization network operates in a safe and efficient manner.

1) Encryption: An encryption program is not necessary for a virtual desktop, because they are used to access shared information. Encryption programs are really designed for personal laptops that store private information, as they can protect that information if the laptop is lost or stolen.  Adding an encryption program on a virtual desktop will ultimately be more trouble than it’s worth.

2) Proper software: Installing anti-virus software intended for personal computers can have devastating effects. Many anti-virus programs conduct routine scans at designated times. If such a program is installed to a virtual network, that timed scan will affect every device on the system. Users will notice their devices suddenly slowing down. That’s because that anti-virus scan is using all the storage and networking input-output systems and potentially the server and RAM. When protecting your virtual network, it’s important to find an anti-virus program intended for VDI.  Trend Micro is an example of an anti-virus solution program, ideal for VDI.

3) Optimization: Optimization is a term that, in this context, means stripping your virtual desktop of any unnecessary programs to ensure the desktop works quickly and efficiently. Everyone who’s ever used an Adobe program is familiar with those bubbles that appear at the bottom of your screen when an update is available.  If those bubbles appear to users in a virtual network environment, the system hasn’t been optimised properly. Since they are not administrators, users won’t have the ability to conduct those updates, which slows down the system and wastes time (imagine all the unnecessary calls being made to the IT help desk, due to confusion over the bubbles). It’s best to ensure those automatic update bubbles are disabled, so the system isn’t taxed.

If your company is not following these tips, don’t feel bad. These mistakes are common among enterprises that have recently set up virtual desktop environments. The good news is that fixing them does not take a lot of time or money. Often the solution is simpler than you think. 

Derek Da Silva

Derek Da Silva

For comprehension and resolution of anything Information Technology, Derek Da Silva is the “go-to” person. His instinctive skills and expertise maximizing all aspects of virtualization are trumped only by an easy goingnature and effortless manner. As Senior Consultant at Gibraltar Solutions, Derek is more than well organized, but streamlined and optimized, impressing clients and peers alike with his magician-like ability to quickly identify, understand and solve critical technical issues. Derek specializes in all aspects of Virtualization including: Server and Desktop Virtualization (vSphere, ESX, ESXi, Hyper-V, Hyper-V R2, XenServer, Oracle Virtual Box and XenDesktop) Application Virtualization (XenApp, App-V, Citrix Streaming Profiler) User Virtualization (AppSense, SAN, EMC Clariion (FC), Dell Powervault (iSCSI)