Windows on OpenStack: Best Practices and Pitfalls

Speaker: Tim Smith, gridcentric

Due to security, licensing, and networking particularities, as well as a resource-­heavy boot and runtime profile, running Windows in a cloud environment poses a unique set of challenges to implementers of OpenStack public and private clouds.

Despite these challenges, enterprises are increasingly looking to deploy Windows virtual desktops and servers in their OpenStack environments -­ both to replace physical desktops as well as to move their Windows-­based server applications to a more economical virtualization platform.

In this talk we present best practices and pitfalls learned over the course of several pilot and production Windows-­on-­OpenStack deployments, including: -­ Understanding how Windows works in the context of an OpenStack cloud: images, instances, etc. -­ Methods for mitigating the “boot storm”” incited by booting large numbers of Windows VMs. -­ Integrating with existing Windows networking services, such as Active Directory. -­ Desktop personalization, access marshalling, and session management. -­ License and license key management for short-­lived Windows VMs. -­ Strategies for the reduction of runtime resource usage for large Windows deployment.

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About The Author
- The OpenStack Foundation promotes the development, distribution and adoption of the OpenStack cloud operating system. As the independent home for OpenStack, the Foundation has already attracted more than 9,500 individual members from 100 countries and 850 different organizations, secured more than $10 million in funding and is ready to fulfill the OpenStack mission of becoming the ubiquitous cloud computing platform.

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