Virtual Desktop Printing
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, or VDI, refers to the process of running a user desktop inside a virtual machine that lives on a server in the datacenter creating a remote desktop. It’s a powerful form of desktop virtualization because it enables fully personalized desktops for each user with all the security and simplicity of centralized management.
Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) utilizes server hardware to run desktop operating systems and application software inside a virtual machine. Users have the freedom to access virtual desktops anytime, from anywhere, on any device, mobile or desktop. This not only eliminates the need for workstation hardware upgrades, but also enables the user to switch between operating environments, such as Windows XP and Windows 7.
- Every desktop user can utilize the same image
- Processing moves from individual workstations to a VDI server
- Hardware costs can be more easily managed, since almost everything resides in the data center
- Maintaining a single OS image can reduce management and support costs
- One system to troubleshoot when problems occur
VDI makes administrative and management tasks much easier because every attached workstation or device can use the same image. Install updates and patches to one image, and every desktop or mobile device using that image is automatically updated and patched.
Users also benefit from VDI. VDI makes it easy for users to gain quick, easy and uninterrupted access to their desktop session while moving from device to device, like in the case of a teacher moving around the classroom using a tablet to follow along with a reading assignment or a nurse moving from one patient room to the next.
How PrinterOn Solves the Virtual Desktop Printing Problem
The virtual desktop infrastructure has many benefits for IT departments and users alike. But, there is a problem with having a VDI infrastructure. Printing. Because VDI creates a centralized environment, there is no way for users to access printers outside of that network.
Some of the VDI printing problems that frequently occur:
- Enabling secure printing in thin client mobile workflows
- Printing to any printer, not just the ones reachable from the thin client server
- Simplifying printer driver management in thin client infrastructures
PrinterOn solves many of the problems associated with printing within a VDI infrastructure by providing a way for users to access and print securely to any printer on any network from any mobile device, thin client, laptop or desktop. PrinterOn takes responsibility for and manages all printer drivers and print job processing.
- PrinterOn enables thin client mobile workflows where printing is needed but previously not possible. Enables desktop VDI printing workflows too.
- PrinterOn makes printing easier in thin client infrastructures by taking responsibility for printer driver management for all print jobs
- Deploy mobile devices to workflows requiring printing using VDI (Citrix, others)
PrinterOn is compatible with Citrix, VMware and other VDI solutions.
Citrix Virtual Desktop Printing
VDI Printing for Mobile Users
PrinterOn enables “thin client” mobile workflows where printing is needed but previously not possible. Enables desktop VDI printing workflows too.
Print Driver ManagementPrinterOn makes printing easier in “thin client” infrastructures by taking responsibility for printer driver management for all print jobs.
Easier TroubleshootingBecause a virtual desktop infrastructure only requires one server, troubleshooting is much easier when problems do occur.