Open Source VDI deployment based on KVM linux virtualization and dockers.

Quick Start

IMPORTANT NOTE: Versión 2.X does not upgrade from versión 1.X as there are many structural changes. You should backup your xml definition files and qcow disks and import it to the new version.

Get the docker-compose file and bring it up:

(You may edit isardvdi.cfg parameters file prior to bringing up IsardVDI and adapt it to your installation. By default IsardVDI will start with self-signed certificate if no letsencrypt parameters defined in isardvdi.cfg file.)

docker-compose pull
docker-compose up -d

Browse to https://localhost/isard-admin. Default user is admin and default password is IsardVDI. Please wait a minute the first time as the database it will get populated before the IsardVDI login becomes available.

New v2.0 features

This are the major features for new version:


You can immediately download preinstalled and optimized Operating System images from Updates menu.

Create your own desktop using isos downloaded from Updates or you can upload yours from Media menu option. When you finish installing the operating system and applications create a Template and decide which users or categories you want to be able to create a desktop identical to that template. Thanks to the incremental disk creation all this can be done within minutes.

Don't get tied to an 'stand-alone' installation in one server. You can add more hypervisors to your pool and let IsardVDI decide where to start each desktop. Each hypervisor needs only the IsardVDI hypervisor compose. Note that you should keep the storage shared between those hypervisors.

Use cases (known)


We currently manage a large IsardVDI infrastructure at Escola del Treball in Barcelona. 3K students and teachers have IsardVDI available from our self-made pacemaker dual nas cluster and six hypervisors, ranging from top level Intel server dual core mainboards to gigabyte gaming ones.

Public Administration

Local public administration in Catalonia have a three refurbished hypervisors installation that we did in record time doing also a seamless integration to their SASL2 authentication. We took some performance tests with IsardVDI in this infrastructure getting an awesome +2000 concurrent VDI desktops.

We have experience in different thin clients that we use to lower renovation and consumption costs at classrooms.

IsardVDI Project website

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