Management wants us to look at Clear Cube blades with or without VMWare and virtual sessions. I would like to make as much use of Zen as possible. We currently do PXE imaging and make some use manually built add-ons. For fixes and file staging, not app deployment. We also deploy all of our apps via Zen.

These blades will start out in training areas and will be reimaged frequently. Also the user and management expectation is that users will not have to sit through app and patch deployment at the start of class. That all that will be taken care of "automatically". I would like something better than maintaining a bunch of fat images with apps. I don't like the idea of frequently updating them with the latest MS patches.

I would welcome others experiences with blades and\or virtual machines.


Herbert E. Smith
Hanover Insurance