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Free VMware View Training Videos available

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A new VMware website brings you free video trainings. There a currently 4 videos about VMware View.

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  • VMware View: Installating View Connection Server – Overview
  • VMware View: Installing Connection Server – Demo
  • VMware View: Configuring View Connection Server
  • VMware View: Installing View Composer – Overview

You can subscribe to the video and audio only podcasts via iTunes. Details on the VMware website. 

 

Link: http://3url.de/cw9

Written by Christoph Harding

January 9th, 2013 at 11:30 pm

VMware vSphere 5.1 now supports VMware View 5.1.x

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The wait is over! VMware has just published a new knowledge base article which points to an update for ESXi. This patch closes the gap between vSphere 5.1 and View 5.1.x. The update for ESXi requires a host reboot as of the release notes which you can find here. (Release Notes for ESXi510-20121001)

I guess the fixed issue in regards to View is: http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2034550

PR923756: When the View Storage Accelerator feature is enabled in View, Multiple Content-Based Read Cache (CBRC) disable requests issued from View to hostd might cause View to lose connectivity to an ESXi host.

Link: http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2035268

Written by Christoph Harding

October 26th, 2012 at 7:23 am

Using VMware Mirage with VMware View floating pools

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Today I’d like to share an interesting read with you which was written by my colleague Andreas Wilke, who’s a Technical Account Manager at VMware. Please note that the configuration mentioned in the article is currently not officially supported by VMware.

One major benefit of desktop virtualization is the central image management for all desktop clients that can be deployed in many different pools as a View master image for floating or dedicated pools. Inside a floating pool deployment our current recommendation is to use a ThinApp repository for your applications which are streamed over a low latency connection from a network share to the View clients. With that solution you will avoid installing applications to the master image and can use the same master image inside many pools with different set of applications in each pool.

The challenge in that scenario begins with the installation of applications inside the master image itself for applications that can’t be used with ThinApp or are hard to be packaged with it. Usually you don’t want to have the local installed applications inside each pool for each user or it can’t be installed with other applications due to incompatibility reasons.

When you start to install applications inside different master images of your View environment you will start to lose control of the central image management. You will need to install patches inside each master image individually. Inside a growing View environment it will be hard to manage all the additional master images. You have to start using a central image and application management tool for your master images (ex. SCCM).

With VMware Mirage there is one simple way to get back the control of all your master images inside your View environment. The only thing you have to do is to install the Mirage Client inside your master images and add them as CVD (Centralized Virtual Desktop) to an existing or new Mirage environment. Inside your Mirage environment you can create a new Base Image that will be used as a Reference CVD for all your master images. This can easily be done inside the Mirage management console. With this solution you can easily update only one reference machine with patches/installed applications and synchronize the changes to your View master images. The updated View master images can be used to recompose your existing floating pools.

There are two things you need to consider when you want to use this:

  1. You have to disable the Mirage Client deamon each time before you create a new snapshot of the master image so it will not run inside the deployed floating pools.
  2. If you are not using VMware View Persona Management our recommendation is to disable the Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider. This service is necessary for Wanova Mirage, so please active it if you update your master image and disable it before you deploy or recompose the new floating pools

That’s it. A easy integration of VMware Mirage with VMware View and floating pools. If you are already using an application management system for your application you can use it as well to manage your installed applications inside your View Master images and reference machine in combination with VMware Mirage.

A picture tells more than 1000 words…. So here you can see the combination of all products:

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What do you think about this configuration? Please feel free to leave your comment.

Would you like to hear more about this solution?

Written by Christoph Harding

September 11th, 2012 at 9:18 am

VMware View 5.1.1 available

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Yesterday VMware has published the latest version (5.1.1) of VMware View.

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Resolved Issues in View 5.1.1:

View Administrator

  • When the number of View entities managed by one group of View Connection Server instances exceeded 10,000, View Administrator had intermittent problems displaying desktop pools, desktops, and user/group references. The intermittent display problems caused many administrative operations to fail. A View entity can be a desktop pool, desktop, or user/group reference.

View Persona Management

  • View Persona Management failed to replicate a user profile that contained very large files to the remote profile repository. The incomplete replication could result in data loss or data corruption in the user profile.

User Profile Management in View

The following resolved issues concern desktop session management by View Agent and View Connection Server. In certain situations, View closed sessions prematurely, affecting user profile synchronization. In View 5.1.1, View Agent and View Connection Server wait for user profile replication to be completed before closing desktop sessions.

  • When a user logged off soon after adding a large amount of data to the user profile, View shut down the View desktop before the user profile had finished being replicated to the remote profile repository. The incomplete replication could result in data loss or data corruption in the user profile. This issue is resolved when PCoIP or RDP is used.
  • If a user logged off from a View desktop and immediately logged in to a new desktop session within the same pool, user profile data that was created in the new session could not be saved. The user could also lose data that was created in the previous session. This issue applied to desktops running Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, or later Windows operating system releases.

Link: https://www.vmware.com/support/view51/doc/view-511-release-notes.html

Written by Christoph Harding

August 17th, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Lag When Dragging a Window Between Monitors in VMware View (vmtoday.com)

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A great article published by Joshua Townsend over at VMtoday.com about a lag when dragging a windows between multi monitors in VMware View. A brilliant read whenever you face those issue in your virtual desktop infrastructure.

Link: http://vmtoday.com/2012/07/lag-when-dragging-a-window-between-monitors-in-vmware-view/

Written by Christoph Harding

July 27th, 2012 at 3:20 pm

VMware View to support Microsoft Lync 2013

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VMware has published an highly interesting article for Microsoft Lync customers on their End User Computing blog. Warren Ponder from Product Management at VMware does write about the upcoming Lync 2013 support for View which will support audio as well as video in a virtual desktop session.

Link: http://blogs.vmware.com/euc/2012/07/microsoft-lync-2013-support-with-vmware-view-desktops.html

Written by Christoph Harding

July 25th, 2012 at 10:09 am

Setting up RADIUS Authentication in VMware View 5.1

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Since VMware View 5.1 was released it’s possible to use RADIUS Authentication as an alternative for 2-factor based authentication. With that VMware View does now support solution like ActiveIdentity, SMS Passcode or Vasco. Mark Benson who’s a View Architect at VMware has published a great article about how to setup RADIUS for View. Please follow the link to the VMware community where Mark has added very useful information and a nice video.

Link: http://communities.vmware.com/docs/DOC-19448

Written by Christoph Harding

June 18th, 2012 at 10:12 am

New VMware View 5.1 Evaluators Guide Available

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VMware has posted a new evaluators guide for the fresh released VMware View version 5.1.

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The content as follows:

  • View Persona Management for physical User Profiles
  • Customization of the View Portal for View Client Downloads
  • USB Redirection
  • Customer Experience Improvement Program data preview

 

Link: http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/view/VMware-View-Evaluators-Guide.pdf

Written by Christoph Harding

May 22nd, 2012 at 9:07 am

Cisco to resell VMware View Virtual Desktop Software

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Today Cisco announced that the company will resell VMware View 5 software as part of an integrated desktop virtualization solution based on Cisco’s UCS (Unified Computing System). Here’re are key facts highlights:

  • The Cisco UCS and VMware View integrated desktop virtualization solution provides customers with:
    • Simplified physical and virtual infrastructure and management associated with virtual desktop deployments, providing an excellent user experience, coupled with a foundation optimized for performance and availability.
    • A streamlined operational model that enables the deployment of virtual desktops to users in minutes.
    • A lower cost per seat realized through greater hosted desktop density, fewer components to purchase and manage, and reduced storage costs.
    • Scalability to meet customers’ business needs and regulatory requirements, while reducing risk and total cost of ownership (TCO).
    • Consistent security policy implementation and administration through UCS Manager and VMware View integration.
    • Consistent access to the desktop environment across locations and devices, with exceptional application responsiveness and graphics performance.
  • Cisco VXI builds on Cisco’s network-based architectures from Collaboration to Borderless Networks to the Unified Data Center, combined with services and support to deliver a comprehensive virtual workspace solution that simplifies deployment, reduces overall costs and minimizes implementation risk.
  • By the end of the first quarter of 2012, distributors, channel partners and customers will be able to purchase Cisco and VMware integrated virtual desktop solutions directly from Cisco.
  • Cisco is also introducing new channel enablement resources, such as playbooks and tool kits, to help channel partners to accelerate their customers’ journey to the cloud.
  • Through this agreement, customers can take advantage of Cisco Capital financing offerings when purchasing the integrated Cisco and VMware desktop virtualization solution which can reduce capital expenditures and spread out the cost.

More Information can be found at the following website.

Link: http://investor.cisco.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=648069

Written by Christoph Harding

February 13th, 2012 at 6:23 pm

VMware View Network Port Table

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Kudos to Matt Lesak who posted a link to the VMware View 5.0 Documentation Center. He pusblished a link on Twitter which forwards you to the TCP and UDP Ports needed for VMware View. As I get tons of requests about the networking ports I thought it might be a good idea to pusblish this link on the blog.

The article gives you an overview of all ports with Source, Target, Port number, protocol and a brief description.

Example:

Security server

4172

View Agent 4.5 or earlier

50002 (can be changed by group policy)

UDP

PCoIP (AES-128-GCM only) if PCoIP Secure Gateway is used.

Link: http://3url.de/vmwareviewports

Original Tweet by Matt: #VMwareView network port table ow.ly/7Z8sv #VDI #VMware

Written by Christoph Harding

December 14th, 2011 at 4:59 pm

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