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What is a SOE?

The computer industry does not have a single definition of what an "SOE" is, but there is an understanding that an SOE is the following:
  • Consistent standard disk image that is deployed to more than one computer in an organisation. This image includes the operating system with service pack(s) and hotfixes, and all of the standard applications used within an organisation.
  • Consistent computer hardware of the same configuration deployed to multiple users in an organisation. It typically includes a pre-configured operating system with service pack(s) and hotfixes, and all of the standard applications used within the organisation.

Why have an SOE?

The major advantages of having an SOE within a large scale environment
  • the time taken to deploy and configure a new computer is greatly reduced. In a scenario where departments might be buying different computer configurations, it is not possible to have a streamlined install and setup process due to variations such as disk sizes, hardware, and other factors.
  • By standardising the hardware and software platforms used within the business, the deployment of new equipment and correct problems with existing equipment in a short period of time and a minimal level of fuss.
  • There is less downtime on machines requiring repair along with rapid setup times on new equipment. These efficiencies through having a standard translate to increased productivity through reduced staff downtime.

What is Desktop Virtualisation?

Sometimes called client virtualisation
  • As a concept, separates a personal computer desktop environment from a physical machine using a client–server model of computing.
  • The model stores the resulting "virtualized" desktop on a remote central server, instead of on the local storage of a remote client; thus, when users work from their remote desktop client, all of the programs, applications, processes, and data used are kept and run centrally.
  • This scenario allows users to access their desktops on any capable device, such as a traditional personal computer, notebook computer, smartphone, or thin client.

What Desktop Virtualisation is used for?

  • A simple use for desktop virtualization involves remote administration—where the controlling computer will work almost the same as on a duplicate desktop, except that the actions of the controlling computer may be almost unnoticeable on the remote computer display.
  • This differs from simple remote desktop software in that several people can use the same controlling computer at once, without disturbing each others' work.
  • This could be useful for several administrators doing different tasks on the same server. It can also be used for using hardware attached to the controlled computer, without disturbing a person who may already be using the computer.

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