It has been very busy recently with new VMware View related books. This time Daniel Langenhan has a new security book for us about the essentials for a VMware View environment.
The book is expected to be released in July 2013.
What will you learn from this book: (information taken from publishers website)
- Create, use, and install SSL certificates
- Acquire a new skill set in troubleshooting security issues
- Learn about secure tunnelling your desktop connection with RDP and PCoIP
- Understand the concepts of pairing View security and transfer severs with View connection servers
- Understand the key aspects of blocking undesirable USB devices
And in details:
Besides Feature Pack 2 for Horizon View 5.2 VMware released a major update of the Horizon View Client for OS X.
The new client now supports virtual printing and running multiple desktops at the same time (without a workaround).
- Virtual printing - End users can now use local or network printers from a View desktop without having to install additional print drivers in the View desktop. Requires Horizon View 5.2 servers and desktops.
- Running multiple desktops at the same time - End users who are entitled to multiple desktop pools from a server can now have these desktops open on their client system at the same time. The desktop selector window for the View Connection Server instance remains open, so that after you connect to one desktop, you can easily connect to another.
You can download the new client via vmware.com/go/viewclients and find additional information using the buttons below.
Yesterday VMware release Feature Pack 2 for VMware Horizon View 5.2 which introduces two new features called Real-Time Audio-Video and Flash URL Redirection. It also includes some very useful improvements to Unity Touch.
- Flash URL Redirection - Customers can now use Adobe Media Server and multicast to deliver live video events in a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environment. To deliver multicast live video streams within a VDI environment, the media stream should be sent directly from the media source to the endpoints, bypassing the virtual desktops. The Flash URL Redirection feature supports this capability by intercepting and redirecting the ShockWave Flash (SWF) file from the virtual desktop to the client endpoint.
- Real-Time Audio-Video - Real-Time Audio-Video allows Horizon View users to run Skype, Webex, Google Hangouts, and other online conferencing applications on their virtual desktops. With Real-Time Audio-Video, webcam and audio devices that are connected locally to the client system are redirected to the remote desktop. This feature redirects video and audio data to the desktop with a significantly lower bandwidth than can be achieved by using USB redirection. Real-Time Audio-Video is compatible with standard conferencing applications and supports standard webcams, audio USB devices, and analog audio input.
- Unity Touch improvements - You can now add a favorite application or file from a list of search results, and you can now use the Unity Touch sidebar to minimize a running application’s window. Requires users to connect to their desktops from VMware Horizon View Client for iOS 2.1 or later, or VMware Horizon View Client for Android 2.1 or later.
Also there are several improvements to the View HTML Access feature which now includes localization support for French, German, and Traditional Chinese
To get the lastest features you need to be on version 5.2 of Horizon View and also make sure you use the latest clients on Windows (5.4), iOS and Android (2.1)
Besides the official documentation on the new features I want to highlight two article from Andre Leibovici.
- Understanding Horizon View Flash URL Redirection
- Understanding Horizon View Real-Time Audio-Video (RTAV)
You can find all information about the new Feature Pack 2 on my.vmware.com or directly via the buttons below.
Yes that’s right, Feature Pack 2 for Horizon View! VMware has just released the new pack with loads of enhancements for their Enterprise virtual desktop infrastructure solution.
The new pack includes the following features.
- Real-Time Audio and Video
- Flash URL Redirection
First of all it’s important to know that the Feature Pack 2 is supported with the View Agent 5.2 as the lowest version. So please make sure that your VMWare Horizon View installation is up to date before you try the new Feature Pack. Knowing this now let’s dig into the new features.
Real-Time Audio and Video
VMware supports Video und Audio for View quite a while with dedicated solutions like Microsft Lync 2013 in example. But now their is a broader support including an improved webcam and microphone experience supporting solutions like GoogleTalk, Skype or WebEx. Webcams and microphones are generally supported with Windows based View Clients. The upstream bandwidth for audio/video is compressed to as low as 300kbps. What does this mean? Before USB redirection with Webcams could lead into bandwidth usage of up to 60 MBit per single Webcam. The settings for Real-Time Audio-Vide can be configured via GPO’s.
More information can be found at: http://blogs.vmware.com/euc/2013/07/3370.html
An there are also already two KB articles online:
For configuration and administration of the Feature Pack 2 check this PDF: http://www.vmware.com/pdf/horizon-view/horizon-view-52-feature-pack-document.pdf
Flash URL Redirection
This new feature is supported on Windows and Linux Clients.It allows you to stream i.e. video events to the virtual desktops without affecting the datacenter network and servers.
With more and more x86 based Android tablets coming to the market their is now a x86 Android View Client available. The clients does support tablets and phones and delivers a rich user experience with Unity Touch and Presentation Mode.
To learn more about the new clients and features please visit the VMware website: http://www.vmware.com/support/view52/doc/horizon-view-52-feature-pack-2-release-notes.html
Again there is a new VMware View book available. This time it’s a detailed guide for implementing the virtual desktop infrastructure solution from VMware. The paperback has 390 pages but the book is also available as an eBook in several formats.
Here’s the table of contents:
Chapter 1: Designing a VMware Horizon View Infrastructure
Chapter 2: Implementing VMware Horizon View Connection Server
Chapter 3: Implementing VMware Horizon View Composer
Chapter 4: Implementing VMware Horizon View Transfer Server
Chapter 5: Implementing VMware Horizon View Security Server
Chapter 6: Using VMware ThinApp
Chapter 7: Implementing View Persona Management
Chapter 8: Creating VMware Horizon View Desktop Pools
Chapter 9: VMware Horizon View Client Options
Chapter 10: Performing View Desktop Maintenance
Chapter 11: Creating a Master Virtual Desktop Image
Chapter 12: Managing View SSL Certificates
Chapter 13: Implementing VMware Horizon View Group Policies
Appendix: Advanced Details about Key Horizon View Features
Buy the book at Amazon with this link.
Link: Packt Publishing
Tim has published a great video about a strange behavior which comes up if the ThinDirect.txt is handled in a wrong way. Check his video out to see how you can get around the issue.
Last week one of my colleagues discovered a very strange behaviour when using ThinApp and ThinDirect. He created a new ThinApp package with a virtual Internet Explorer within and configured ThinDirect to redirect a single page to the virtual browser.
While at first everything seemed to work okay as ThinApp redirected the site to the virtual browser correctly but after this point ThinDirect entered a loop and new instances of the browser were created indefinitely. To get a better understanding of this error and how to solve it have a look at the following video.
To solve the issue of the endless loop you have to make sure a ThinDirect.txt with an reference to your browser entry point is baked into your ThinApp package.
For example: if your entry point is called “Internet Explorer.exe” your ThinDirect.txt placed in the root of the project folder should contain at least the following content:
I have seen this issue only with Internet Explorer as this is the only browser supporting the ThinDirect browser add-in.
If you’re running a VMware View environment you might probably use a load balancer in front of your View servers to handle your client connections. There are loads of load balancers available including the Microsoft NLB which is integrated in Windows, Cisco and also F5 BigIP. I’ve seen BigIP several times and it looks as their business is growing fast. In their F5 DevCentral they’ve a few videos online dedicated to PCoIP. If you have View and BigIP in use you should see the videos to learn more about the integration.
If you this video you might also like this: https://devcentral.f5.com/blogs/us/f5-friday-simple-scalable-and-secure-pcoip-for-vmware-horizon-view
Chuck Hirstius has recently published a new version of his PCoIP Log Viewer tool. With that tool it is possible to analyse the PCoIP logs generated by VMware Horizon View. The new version of Chuck’s tool is compatible with View 5.2 logfiles. He has integrated a complete new parsing framework. But there are more news. Please check hOs blog for a very detailed article. Great work Chuck!