Yesterday at VMworld Scott Davis, VMware’s Desktop CTO has announced a new project called Orcha. This new projects leverages VMware Horizon Workspace and VMware Horizon View. But what does it exactly? When a user is working on an iPad an wants to open a Microsoft Visio file i.e. the iOS has usually no viewer for those kind of files. If a user opens this file within the Horizon Workspace app on the iPad he gets redirected to his View desktop to show the file. But watch the following video to make it clear.
Microsoft has announced the delivery of Windows 8.1 to there hardware manufacturers. What does the new Windows update mean to the end user and their companies?
There are a changes which are very interesting for mobile computing, administration and security. To enable the user for being even more productive Microsoft added wireless printing functionality via Wi-Fi Direct and NFC support. Another wireless feature is Miracast which can sync the screen to a bigger display.
To ease users live the VPN-Client opens automatically if a resource needs access to the internal network. But there are also a lot of changes for BYOD (Bring your own device) and MDM (Mobile Device Management). A new feature in that area is “Work Folders” which syncs files from the network to the local device and vice versa. This functionality is natively integrated into the filesystem.
In regards to security the new “Workplace join” option helps IT departments to control the access to company resources granularly. Windows Defender has also been updated and can now detect malware via their network activity.
I just wanted to let you know that I’ve created a new blog where I want to write about miscellaneous topics. These could include IT, traveling, food, water sports, gadgets and whatever I’m up for. It would be great if you’re interested and see you as a regular reader. Like with That’s my View I’ve an RSS feed which you can subscribe to.
Webinar: Atlantis Computing™ and VMware announce “Secure and High Performance End-User Computing for Financial Services” solution
An upcoming webinar you may interested in.
Atlantis Computing and VMware have partnered to offer a best-in-class VDI solution, combining Atlantis ILIO and VMware Horizon View. This joint solution allows IT teams to provide around-the-clock access to digitized information and applications—anytime, anywhere, and more important than ever, from any device. The solution not only gives employees more freedom, but it also keeps IT in control while lowering TCO, improving user experience and delivering Virtual Desktop performance that is better than a PC.
VMware has released a new version of Horizon Mirage. The new version includes new features and bug fixes.
- Optimized storage disconnection handling
- SSL configuration option for Mirage Server installation
- CE Calculator
- Branch Reflector Enhancements
Tim has published a bit more information on his blog.
Just now VMware released a new version of Horizon Mirage. The new version 4.2.3 features a lot of bug fixes and some new features.
- Better storage disconnects handling – Horizon Mirage servers now identify high load conditions on storage that can cause disconnects and can throttle down to allow storage utilization to return to normal.
- SSL configuration option in Horizon Mirage server installation – The IT manager can now configure SSL communication during server installation. There is no need to perform this operation with the Management console after installing.
- Branch reflector enhancements – The IT manager can better design and monitor branch reflector deployment by simulating the branch reflector selection on endpoints. The IT manager can now click any device from the Management console and see if it has a branch reflector in its vicinity.
If you want to learn more about this release have a look at the release notes.
Due to some installation issues version 4.2.3 isn’t available to download anymore. I will update this post as soon as problem is fixed and the download is back again. VMware re-released version 4.2.3 with additional bug fixes. Everyone who has already update to the first release please consider upgrading your environment to the latest release.
For optimizing the performance and stability of a Mirage cluster it is highly recommended to use a dedicated network interface for the SMB storage traffic. The following article will guide you through the process of getting an dedicated storage network up and running and how to move your existing Mirage volumes to the dedicated network.
Please validate this guide in an test environment before applying any chances to your production environment.
Create dedicated network
It is recommended to use a dedicated network for just the storage traffic. In this example a dedicated virtual switch is created which is only used for storage traffic.
In a productive environment you can use a dedicated network switch, or VLAN. If VLAN is not an option the physical separation of the storage network is the best option. For this scenario you need a minimum of four NICs (2 for storage network and 2 for client network)
A new network card, connected to the dedictated network, was added to each Mirage server.
Mirage server configuration
As a new network card was added to each Mirage servers this cards need to be configured correctly.
First of all the order in which the network cards are accessed by network services needs to be correct.
The primary network card which is used for the general communcation (Active Directory, Mirage server, Backup, Management, etc.) needs to be the first card in the list.
This option can be found under Control Panel -> Network and Internet -> Network Connections –> Advanced -> Adapters and Bindings.
After configuring the order of the new network card for the dedicated storage the network needs to be configured.
In this example the IP range 192.168.89.0/24 is used for this cluster network. Therefore the first Mirage server gets the IP 192.168.89.1.
The use of DNS isn’t necessary and it is not recommended to configure an additional default gateway. The storage network should be a none routed network with direct connect tot he storage, if possible.
It is also necessary to leave the services „Client for Microsoft Networks“ and „File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks“ checked for the storage interface. If these services are disabled no access to the network share is possible.
Network share configuration
To use a network share as Mirage storage volume the account used for the Mirage services needs to be granted full permissions on the share.
Also, if a Windows file server it used, it also has to have full permissions granted at NTFS level.
If the network share used for the Mirage storage is provided by the Mirage servers itself, no additional configuration steps are needed. Windows automacially binds network shares on all network interfaces which have the „Files and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks“ enabled.
If a dedicated Windows file server or network filer (like NetApp) is used additional configuration steps are necessary to make the used network share available on the dedicated cluster network. These configuration steps are not covered in this article. Please contact your Windows file server administrator or storage vendor for further information on this topic.
Change path of an existing volumes to use the dedicated network
Before the current path of the Mirage volume can be changed the volume needs to be unmountend first. Unmounting a volume places the volume in a non-operational status but retains the CVD and Base Layer data on the volume. This means for time the volume is unmounted CVDs placed on this volume aren’t centralized or backed up.
As unmounting and changing the path of the volume only takes a few moments this shouldn’t be a problem.
When the storage is unmounted the path can be changed to the dedicated network. In this example the path is change from \\mirage2.fluxhorizon.com\miragelocalstorage$ to \\192.168.89.1\miragelocalstorage$.
After the path is changed the volume needs to be mounted again.
These steps need to repeated on each Mirage volume which should be placed on the dedicated network interface.
A new tool on the VMware Labs website might be interesting for a few readers here. It’s a Windows desktop optimization tool which helps to customize the operating system to perfectly work with VMware Horizon View. The tool includes templates to configure system features and services per VMware recommendations.
Image source: http://labs.vmware.com/flings/vmware-os-optimization-tool
Germany West VMUG Meeting 16. August 2013 with End User Computing Sessions and THE Celebrities of EUC
The next German VMware User Group is planned for 16th August 2013 in Schwalbach near Frankfurt. So if you’re around please join us for this great event. The agenda is fully packed with technical deep dives! This time the hot topic is ThinApp! The VMUG is a must as we have some special guests! Aaron Black and Peter Björk from VMware are joining this event!
Here’s the agenda:
If you’d like to attend this meeting please register via the VMUG website. Follow this link.
VMware has published a new version of Horizon Mirage with a few new features integrated.
- Endpoint centralization – Performance improvement when a large number of endpoint centralizations are performed, by reducing the number of IO operations required from the storage.
- Vista OS support – Horizon Mirage supports the disaster recovery use case for Vista, and Vista to Windows 7 migration.
- New help desk Web console – Help desk users can troubleshoot and fix endpoints using a Horizon Mirage Web interface.
- Client and file portal localization – The Horizon Mirage client and file portal now supports: French, German, Japanese and Simplified Chinese.
- Windows 7 in-place migration encrypts endpoints with Sophos 5.5 software – There is no need to decrypt endpoints during an in-place Windows 7 migration.
- Aligned Mirage license scheme to the Horizon user-based license scheme – Horizon Mirage no longer enforces license based on device count.