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VMware Horizon View 5.2 now supports Oracle databases

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VMware has changed the compatibility notes for VMware Horizon View 5.2 recently. The product is now supported with Oracle databases in addition to the compatible databases listed in the installation documentation.

You can find this information on the VMware website. Please follow this link.


Written by Christoph Harding

April 22nd, 2013 at 8:28 pm

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Networks Ports Diagramm for Horizon Workspace

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Horizon Workspace comes as a vApp containing several virtual appliances which handle different jobs. The first rule for installing Horizon Workspace is: Get your DNS working! After that the configuration is quite easy. All setup for the vApp is done on the Configurator virtual appliance which propagates the settings to the other appliances. This information is sent via the SSH port which means that all appliances must be reachable from the Configurator via port 22. But what about the other services on the appliances? How do they communicate to each other? The following diagram gives you an overview of the open ports needed in your Horizon environment.

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Please note that a few ports are configurable. This includes the connection to the database, the Active Directory, theView and SMTP server and last but not least the vCenter.

Written by Christoph Harding

April 15th, 2013 at 10:49 pm

VMware Compatibility Guide – Virtual Shared Graphics Acceleration

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VMware has published a new website with the Hardware Compatibility List for the virtual shared graphics acceleration.


Written by Christoph Harding

March 20th, 2013 at 4:54 pm

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Upgrade from View Premier Bundle to the Horizon Suite at 49% off!

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I just wanted to make you all aware of a new VMware EUC promotion which is valid until 9/15/2013.

Now you can upgrade from one concurrent-user VMware View® Premier Bundle license to two named-user VMware® Horizon™ Suite licenses at a 49 percent discount off the list price. Move up to the full benefits of Horizon Suite, which include centralized, physical PC management, application management, mobile management and end-user file sharing.

Horizon Suite is a bundle comprised of Horizon View, Horizon Mirage and Horizon Workspace.

VMware Horizon Suite, the platform for workforce mobility, connects end-users to their data, applications, and desktops on any device without sacrificing IT security and control.

Promotion Date and Eligibility

This promotion is valid from 3/4/2013 through 9/15/2013 at 11:59PM PT (Pacific Time).

By upgrading to the Horizon Suite, customers will receive two named user Horizon Suite licenses for each concurrent user View license.

This promotion is available to all commercial, academic, and U.S. Federal end-user customers through a VMware authorized reselling partner or directly with VMware.


Written by Christoph Harding

March 7th, 2013 at 2:04 pm

VMware Horizon Suite is available for download! Check this!

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Don’t wait longer and go to for downloading the brand new VMware Horizon Suite 1.0. Today VMware has released the new solution which included VMware Horizon Workspace, Horizon View and Horizon Mirage. I’ve already blogged about the details. If you havenT seen my earlier posts, please check these before.

Horizon Suite Overview:

Horizon Workspace Overview:

Installing Horizon Workspace Part 1 (by Christian Gehring):

Installing Horizon Workspace Part 2 (by Christian Gehring):

Upgrade your VMware EUC products to Horizon Suite: 









Written by Christoph Harding

March 4th, 2013 at 7:29 pm

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Link: Managing ThinApp Packages with Horizon Workspace

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Great job by Barry Coombs! Yesterday he’s published a brilliant article about managing VMware ThinApp applications with VMware Horizon Workspace. His article gives you a great overview on how preparing and integrating ThinApp packages.


Written by Christoph Harding

March 4th, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Horizon Upgrade path – Overview with SKUs

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I’ve put a graphic together with the SKU’s needed to upgrade your VMware EUC products to Horizon. These information is taken from the VMware price list.

No guarantee for completeness or correctness. :-)


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As already mentioned in many blog posts out there, the EOA products are not going End of Life! They’re just going off the price list as a standalone SKU. ThinApp will live in View, Mirage and Workspace, Horizon Mobile and Application Manager are going into the Horizon Workspace SKU.


Written by Christoph Harding

March 4th, 2013 at 10:00 am

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Installing VMware Horizon Workspace Part 2

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Welcome to Part 2 of the VMware Horizon Workspace installation and configuration.

Start your favorite browser and navigate to https://{} (in my case: https://connection-va.gehring.lab)

Welcome Screen

Begin with the Setup Wizard

Paste your License Key provided by VMware and define your default admin account. The Admin account is a special account outside your active directory. If your connection to active directory gets broken you can use this account. You will also need this account accessing Horizon Workspace Administrator Web Interface.


During the next step you need to setup the database connection. For demo and PoC purposes you can use the internal Database. For production environments you will need a external database.


Horizon Workspace needs to sync user accounts with your LDAP directory service. In most customer situations Microsoft Active Directory is the primary directory to store account attributes. The following screenshot shows the LDAP settings for my home lab. For those of you who are not so familiar with LDAP, I recommend LDAP Browser. You can download a full working trial version here:

LDAP config

Important: The Admin user you’re going to specify in Bind DN will become the Administrator for your Horizon Workspace deployment.

In the next step you need to map the LDAP user attributes to Horizon workspace. If you are using Microsoft Active Directory you should click Next.


The next screen is responsible for selecting filtered users excluding from Horizon Workspace.


Add the group information from your directory that you want to import to Horizon Workspace during the synchronization process.

Selecting Groups


Schedule a synchronization to run frequently. Wait until the sync is completed. In case of large enterprise the synchronization could take a a few minutes.



The Setup wizards displays the SSL certificate and the private key for external access service. Copy and Paste the certificates for later usage.

Enable the modules you’d like to offer to your users. Conduct the Admin Guide for detailed informations about the module.


Now you can access the Horizon Workspace using username and password to verify the initial configuration.

Written by Christian Gehring

February 27th, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Installing VMware Horizon Workspace Part 1

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Before deploying Horizon Workspace ensure that you have a minimum of 6GB RAM and 32GB Storage available. You may need additional storage for the data appliance.

Create DNS Records

An IP address with reverse lookup (PTR) and a DNS entry must be available for each virtual appliance. I am using Microsoft DNS on my Windows 2008R2 Active Directory Controller in my lab. Create a new A records in your forward lookup zone for each virtual appliance.
Note: Mark the “Create associated pointer (PTR) record” to create a linked PTR record in your Reverse Lookup Zone.


Check you newly created DNS configuration using nslookup.


Note: DNS must be working properly, otherwise the configuration will fail !

Create Resource and IP Pool

Create a new Resource Pool using vSphere Client. If not already available, you need to create a new IP Pool. Ensure that your DNS configuration matches with the IP Pools properties.

Deploy Horizon Workspace

Horizon Workspace is OVA packaged as a multi-virtual machine vApp. It can be directly deployed to VMware vCenter. The vApp includes five virtual appliances.

1. configurator-va (Horizon Workspace Configurator virtual appliance)

  • The initial configurations tasks are performed by the configurator-va. All configurations are distributed to the other virtual appliances in the vApp.

2. service-va (Horizon Workspace Manager virtual appliance)

  • Provides the Web Interface to administer user, groups and resources.

3. connector-va (Horizon Workspace Connector virtual appliance)

  • This va is responsible for user authentication, directory synchronization, ThinApp catalog loading and View pool synchronization

4. data-va (Horizon Workspace Data virtual appliance)

  • This virtual appliance manages the 100% on premise solution for controlling user based files. Similar like Dropbox.

5. gateway-va (Horizon Workspace Gateway virtual appliance)

  • Is the single endpoint for all end user communication.

In vSphere Client go to File > Deploy OVF Template and respond to the wizard prompts. Select Power On After Deployment at the end of the wizard.


Open the console of the configurator-va and follow the installation instructions. The configurator-va is verifying your network configuration. If your DNS and reverse lookup configuration is incorrect the installation will fail and you have to fix your DNS issues first. If anything went well you’ll get the following screen.

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The wizard continues and you need to enter the following informations:

  • Global Root password for all virtual appliances
  • SMTP Server Name and Port (If you do not have SMTP in you lab you can specify any external SMTP Server for testing purposes)
  • External Gateway Name and Port
  • vCenter IP Address, Port, Admin User and Password
Now you can have a cup coffee, whilst the Horizon Workspace environment is getting configured.


After the wizard has completed you will get the Success page with the URL of the Horizon Workspace Root CA. I suggest to download the PEM file with your favorite browser.



Congratulation ! You’ve finished the Part 1 of the Installation.

Written by Christian Gehring

February 27th, 2013 at 9:19 am

VMware Horizon Suite 1.0 licensing overview

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Good overview on VMware Horizon Suite 1.0 licensing in the VMware Knowledge Base. This article shows how the products are licensed and which components are included.


Written by Christoph Harding

February 25th, 2013 at 11:53 pm

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