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Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) with Hyper-V and Citrix

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During last week’s System Center Universe Asia Pacific, there was a question raised during the Ask the Experts portion on how Microsoft can address BYOD while ensuring that corporate security is still maintained, the Experts in the panel were not really able to address the required architecture.

I was formerly connected with Citrix, and right there I immediately thought of Citrix XenDesktop. However being in a Microsoft event I decided to keep my mouth shut and just decided to share the solution by writing about it. So here it is!

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Architecture

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Architecture

The solution is to allow the personal devices to connect to VMs. These VMs are connected to the corporate network, while the personal devices are in some sort of protected network which is separate from the corporate network, and is only allowed to use the protocols necessary to allow the client to connect to the VMs.

Since the solution requires VMs. using Hyper-V is the way to go. No discussion here.

For this solution to work, there must be some technology that does VM provisioning. This is where the Citrix XenDesktop product comes in. You can dynamically provision VMs as needed.

The VMs can be shared VMs deployed with the same apps, or app deployment can be performed dynamically as the VM is being provisioned using either Citrix XenApp, or using Configuration Manager.

Just to be sure, some sort of health checking is prudent before the personal devices can be connected to the personal devices network. Also, they have to be enrolled to allow for authentication and encryption.

So does this solution work? Yes it does, and one great experience I had with Citrix is that BYOD and non domain joined devices are the norm!

Running Windows 8 on an iPad Mini with Citrix XenDesktop.

Running Windows 8 on an iPad Mini with Citrix XenDesktop.

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Written by jpaloma

March 8, 2015 at 8:18 PM

Posted in Citrix, Hyper-V, Microsoft

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