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Horizon Workspace: Installing LibreOffice without Internet Connection on Data VA

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Back in March VMware published the first version of Horizon Workspace which includes a component called Data. Data is the former Project Octopus, the “Dropxbox for Enterprises” without leveraging public cloud technologies. That means that your data stays in your datacenter and will be synced on the devices allowed in the policy IT has created. Within the web interface for the user, files can be previewed. By default PDF files are getting rendered but for Microsoft Office files you’ll need to install either LibreOffice or Microsoft Office components. Be aware that for Microsoft Office components each user needs a proper MS Office license. You can read more about this in the Horizon Workspace installation guide. So if you want to go for free you should use LibreOffice instead. This works also well. One of my customers had an issue whilst installing the LibreOffice. His Workplace appliances wasn’t connected to the Internet and so they couldn’t install the needed components. With a quick workaround it was possible. They’ve downloaded the zipped RPM from the LibreOffice website (Link included in the installer Script) and put it onto a local web server. After changing the download address of the file from the LibreOffice server to the local server (bold marking in the script) it just worked fine.

echo $PLATFORM | egrep -q UBUNTU

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  PKGCMD=”$RPM -U –force –quiet –nodeps”


Written by Christoph Harding

April 24th, 2013 at 12:22 pm

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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

Free VMware e-Learning course for Mirage 4.0

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If you’re interested in VMware’s Horizon Mirage solution, this might be a great option for you to get a free training. VMware is offering a 3,5 hours self paced eLearning course on the MyLearn platform. The course covers the main features of the solution as well as the common administration tasks and more.

Here’s a quick overview of the objectives:

Objectives: After completing the course, you should be able to: 

•  Define Horizon Mirage concepts and components. 
•  Explain how Horizon Mirage works. 
•  List some of the key business challenges that Horizon Mirage solves. 
•  Describe the main features and benefits of Horizon Mirage. 
•  Describe the Mirage components and how they fit into the Horizon Mirage architecture. 
•  Define the Horizon Mirage layers. 
•  Discuss the tasks for configuring a Horizon Mirage System. 
•  Describe the process for deploying Horizon Mirage to endpoints. 
•  Recognize the main function of each of the Horizon Mirage common wizards. 
•  Discuss the steps for capturing and assigning a Base Layer. 
•  List the steps for capturing and assigning an App Layer. 
•  Explain how an administrator uses the Disaster Recovery Wizard to restore a Central Virtualized Desktop (CVD). 
•  Describe the high level tasks for performing a Windows XP to Windows 7 migration. 
•  Recognize the main functions of the System Dashboard and how to use them to monitor your desktop deployment. 
•  Explain how to use the Client Status window. 
•  Describe how an end user performs a file-level restore and directory-level restore. 
•  Discuss how the Snooze option works. 
•  Recognize how the Sync Now option works.

If you haven’t heard about Mirage yet or you need more information please visit the VMware website which offers great whitepapers:

VMware MyLearn: 


Written by Christoph Harding

April 12th, 2013 at 10:52 pm

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Great Horizon Mirage Application Layering Write Up!

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A few days ago Tim published an article about Mirage Layering on his blog. Today he topped this one with a really great write up of the Application Layering in Mirage. This article gives you a great overview.


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Written by Christoph Harding

March 26th, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Mirage Layers explained in detail

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My colleague Tim Arenz has published a great article about Mirage Layering on his blog. A great read for everyone who loves to learn more about Horizon Mirage.





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March 21st, 2013 at 4:18 pm

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More awesomeness with the HTML5 desktop access aka Blast

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Again thanks to Tim Arenz who made this article possible. With the brand new feature pack of VMware Horizon View you can now access your virtual desktops via HTML using the VMware Blast technology. It’s easy as this! Install the new Feature Pack on the server and the agents. After that just access your View Server via the web interface. If you’re using the View Security Server please open the Port 8443 in the local Windows Firewall manually. Accessing the web interface gives you the following screen.

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Please choose VMware Horizon View HTML Access and you will see the login screen.

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Just authenticate here and then access your entitled desktop.

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TaaaTaaaaa! That’s it! Your desktop is being served via HTML5 into your browser.

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Written by Christoph Harding

March 15th, 2013 at 4:58 pm

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VMware Horizon View Unity Touch is awesome! See this!

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Yesterday VMware has released the new Horizon View Client 2.0 iOS client to the Apple AppStore. With this client comes a new functionality called Unity Touch. Unity Touch is somehow a part of  what VMware introduced as Project AppShift at VMworld 2012. Unity Touch gives the user a greater experience when accessing a virtual desktop from a tablet running iOS or Android. Check this screenshot-show to see how it works.

First requirement is a VMware View 5.2 environment with the VMware Horizon View 5.2 Feature Pack 2 installed on the server and the virtual desktop. Then update your iOS or Android clients to the newest version. 

On the left hand side you can see the black slide out navigation tab.

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Clicking on this a menu pops in from the left side giving you access to all installed programs on your desktop as well as to your “My Files”.

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Starting an Windows application is so easy now. You don’t need to click the start menu and programs menu anymore. Just click on the application in the menu.

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The “My Files” menu gives you access to all your files and on the virtual desktop.

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You can also register apps as favorite applications as you can see in the next screenshot. I’ve added the control panel here for demonstration. This helps you to even easier accessing your apps on Windows.

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From my view this is a cracking feature in the new release! Working on a virtual desktop from a tablet is so easy now. Unity Touch works with al apps installed to the desktop out of the box. Thanks to my colleague Tim Arenz from for provisioning me a desktop on his test environment. This helped a lot with this article.







Written by Christoph Harding

March 15th, 2013 at 4:42 pm

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Protip: How to share files and folders with Horizon Workspace 1.0?

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VMware’s new product Horizon Workspace includes three components. Files, Applications and Desktops. Applications is the Horizon Application Manager functionality, Desktops as you can already guessing is the HTML and PCoIP access to VMware View and Files is Horizon Data formally known as Project Octopus. Horizon Data is a great solution for synchronizing your files between multiple devices such as Windows, Mac, iOS or Android based computers / smartphones / tablets. Another great functionality in Horizon Data is the file sharing option. With that you can share files internally with other Horizon Data users but also externally. It’s easy as this!

Login to your Horizon Workspace account via the web interface. in the Files tab you can see all your files and folders. Go into a folder and select a file. By clicking the arrow a contact menu will appear giving you the option to share a file publicly. Doing this Horizon Data gives you a unique link which can be send via email to anyone who should download the file. Very easy, isn’t it?

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But what if you want to share multiple files? Of course you could repeat what you just learned before and send all the links but there is a easier way to go. Just go back to the folder structure and click on the arrow. You’ll find the option share here. Click on this and a popup will appear.

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Within the popup you can add users you want to share the folder with. As Horizon Workspace is connected to the Active Directory it will automatically give you usernames which are also on Horizon Data when entering the first characters of a name or email address. You can choose what people can do with your data.

  • Just viewing it
  • Viewing it but also editing
  • Viewing it, editing it and  sharing it with other people

By adding an email address from someone external and then sharing the folder, the Horizon Data application sends an email to the recipient.

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After sharing you notice that a folder is shared by the two blue symbols on the folder.

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The recipient gents an email with a unique link Clicking on this Horizon Data starts to provision an account for that specific user.

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The user needs to choose a password and can optionally select a picture for the account.

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Done this he can see the shared folder in his My Files pane.

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Clicking on the folder icon takes the user to the files included in that folder.

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Horizon Workspace is great and I’m already using it for sharing files with my customers and partners. It’s very user friendly and the recipient is happy not getting large mail attachments anymore.








Written by Christoph Harding

March 4th, 2013 at 7:58 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: 









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March 4th, 2013 at 7:29 pm

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