I was only at the keys for part of the day today so there wasn’t too much interaction with my VDI, View, virtual desktop, whatever you want to call it. It’s tempting to call it VD for virtual desktop but that just seems wrong. One “fun” thing happened while connected from a café over 4G. I was working on a document and writing some emails when suddenly I got a message that my laptop battery was nearly dead and I should connect to a power supply. Oooops. No power outlet in sight. I decided to let it run out because there was no risk of losing the data I was working on. Add that to the list of things I did not consider as a benefit of desktop virtualization.
This blog is about the good and the bad so let me tell you about something that is really frustrating. In order to keep my work and personal computing separated, I have a personal laptop and thin client connected to a KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) switch to allow for sharing a single monitor, keyboard, and mouse. For some dang reason, the thin client recognizes the keyboard and mouse properly but often times – not always – when I connect to my desktop in the cloud, the keyboard and mouse aren’t recognized or I receive a prompt saying that they couldn’t be installed. GRRRRRRRrrrrrrrrr. This typically is resolved by connecting to the desktop using the View client on my laptop and rebooting it but sometimes just requires switching through the KVM connections or unplugging and reconnecting the USB plug. Any thoughts? Let me make it clear that I am running Windows 7 as my virtual desktop which is “experimental” according to VMware.