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PowerShell Script to set ExternalPCoIP Address

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For those of you running a test or demo lab with a dynamically changed external IP address, I’ve created a PowerShell Script to update the View Connection Broker with external IP Address.

Save the Script as an .PS1 file and execute or trigger the script after your external IP address change occurred.

# Getting DynDns IP Address 
# Created 2013 Christian Gehring
# Parsing external dyndns IP Adress String using checkip.dyndns.org
#
$webclient=New-Object net.webclient
$ext_ip = $webclient.downloadstring("http://checkip.dyndns.com") -replace "[^\d\.]"
#Set VMWare View Broker's external PCoIPURL on Default Port 4172
$brokername = Get-ConnectionBroker | select -expand broker_id
Update-ConnectionBroker -broker_id $brokername -externalPCoIPURL $ext_ip

Written by Christian Gehring

March 1st, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Riverbed expands support for VMware Horizon View

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News from Riverbed at PEX. The vendor is expanding their support for virtual desktops combining of it’s Stingray, Cascade und Granite platforms.

Riverbed Technology is filling out its WAN optimisation line for VMware’s virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) platform.

The company said the combination of its Stingray, Cascade and Granite platforms will allow companies to deploy hosted desktops at branch offices and other remote locations.

Link: http://www.v3.co.uk/v3-uk/news/2250220/riverbed-expands-support-for-virtual-desktops

Written by Christoph Harding

February 27th, 2013 at 10:07 am

Accelerating VDI with Cisco UCS and VMware Horizon View

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A few days ago VMware announced the new vFast Track Reference Architecture. With several storage appliance vendors they’ve designed a cost-effective and scalable solution for VDI deployments. Yesterday VMware and Cisco announced a new joint bundling of there solution called Cisco UCS SmartPlay with VMware Horizon View. 

New Discounted Bundles

The Cisco UCS and Horizon View SmartPlay bundle is a convenient single-SKU that combines Cisco UCS and VMware Horizon in an attractively discounted bundle. This SmartPlay Starter Configuration includes:

  • (2) UCS 6248UP Fabric Interconnects
  • (1) UCS Chassis w/ two 2208 FEX
  • (1) UCS B200 M3 Management Blade
  • (3) UCS B200 M3 Desktop Workload Blades
  • (300) View licenses

Expansion Bundles for additional users, and upgrade options for server-based storage are also available.

To read the full article, please visit the VMware blog.

Link: http://blogs.vmware.com/euc/2013/02/accelerating-vdi-with-cisco-ucs-and-vmware-horizon-view.html

Written by Christoph Harding

February 27th, 2013 at 9:58 am

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Edge Gateway Load-Balancing VMware View

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Mike Laverick has published a cool article on his blog www.mikelaverick.com about load balancing a VMware View environment with vCNS Edge Gateway. Again a great publishing! Check it if you want to learn from a pro.

Link: http://www.mikelaverick.com/2013/02/part-57-my-vcloud-journey-edge-gateway-load-balancing-vmware-view/

Written by Christoph Harding

February 26th, 2013 at 1:44 pm

VMware View Infrastructure Resiliency: VMware View 5 and VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager

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Thanks to Duncan Epping for bringing this whitepaper up.

“This case study provides insight and information on how to increase availability and recoverability of a VMware View infrastructure using VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM), common disaster recovery (DR)
tools and methodologies, and vSphere High Availability.”

Via: http://www.yellow-bricks.com/2013/02/24/vmware-view-infrastructure-resiliency-whitepaper-published/

Direct Link: http://www.vmware.com/resources/techresources/10348

Written by Christoph Harding

February 24th, 2013 at 3:04 pm

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Why Choose VMware View over Microsoft RDS 2012?

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Nice whitepaper by VMware explaining why to choose VMware View over Microsoft RDS 2012. You can directly access the whitepaper using the link below.

 Link: http://3url.de/cxq

 

Written by Christoph Harding

February 4th, 2013 at 5:11 pm

VMware View Pool Manager

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Great news on myvirtualcloud.net. Andre has published a new article on his blog talking about a new tool which can manage VMware View pools. This is just a sneak peek. His aim is to release the tools as a Fling, but this must be approved first be the VMware Fling committee.

This tool allow administrators to bind an Active Directory connection and specify:

* How many users there should exist per group (based on VMware View pool size) 
* Floating or Persistent deployment 
* Source Security Groups (all users to be distributed to pools) 
* Destination Security Groups (All groups the users may be assigned to)

Technicalities: Floating deployment does not take in consideration if user has a persistent desktop. Persistent deployment ensures users are kept within the same security group and desktop pool they have previously been assigned to.

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Image source: http://myvirtualcloud.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/1.png

Link: http://myvirtualcloud.net/?p=4530

Written by Christoph Harding

January 29th, 2013 at 12:17 am

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Video: Macquarie University iLab Powered By VMware View

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Written by Christoph Harding

January 29th, 2013 at 12:09 am

Configure remote and/or location based printing for View desktops

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Great article on configuring location based printing for VMware View desktops on the VMFOCUS blog. Check Craig’s article if you want to learn more about ThinPrint, Printer Drivers and how to setup the printing in VMware View.

Link: http://vmfocus.com/2013/01/23/vmware-view-objective-2-9-configure-remote-andor-location-based-printing-for-view-desktops/

Written by Christoph Harding

January 24th, 2013 at 9:52 am

Avaya Extends Unified Communications to VMware View Desktops

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I’m sorry I missed to blog about this topic back in December 2012. Here we go!

That’s what Tony Huynh, Sr. Product Manager at VMware says:

VMware is excited to announce that as part of the Avaya R1 Release, Avaya has added support for rich Voice-over-Internet-Protocol (VoIP) using Avaya one-X communicator with VMware View desktops.

To enable enterprise-grade UC with Avaya one-X communicator on VDI desktops, Avaya implemented a new plugin that performs media signaling and media processing  – Avaya VDI communicator.  Avaya VDI communicator runs on the client endpoint and offloads all the media processing of VoIP packets from the datacenter server to the endpoint.  When Avaya VDI communicator is deployed with VMware View, customers get a highly scalable VDI and UC solution, with point-to-point media delivery and quality-of-service (QoS) support for VoIP.  Customers also get the added benefit of business continuity with Avaya VDI communicator – if IP connectivity to the datacenter is lost or the datacenter server goes down, a local “Session Down UI” acts as a local softphone and allows calls to be placed and received.

 

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For more information, please refer to the links below:

VMware View – http://www.vmware.com/products/view/overview.html

Avaya VDI Communicator – http://www.avaya.com/usa/product/vdi-communicator

Avaya VDI Communicator Datasheet – http://www.avaya.com/usa/resource/assets/factsheet/vdicommunicator.pdf

Avaya one-X Communicator – http://www.avaya.com/usa/product/avaya-one-x-communicator

Written by Christoph Harding

January 15th, 2013 at 11:32 pm

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