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VMware Mirage Series Part 3 – Console overview

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Welcome back to the VMware Mirage Series here at That’s my View. In previous parts of this series I’ve described what home lab I’m using for my Mirage infrastructure and how to install the Mirage Management Server, Mirage Server and the Mirage Management Console. This time you’ll get a walkthrough of the Console. I’ll try to explain all main options available.

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Common Wizards

The common wizards page is an easy way to perform the most common tasks used in Mirage. From here you can deploy, manager, support and protect all Mirage endpoints. Here’s a list of all wizards.

  • Centralize Endpoint
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Assign Base Layer
  • Capture Base Layer
  • Windows 7 Migration
  • Base Layer Provisioning
  • Hardware Migration
  • Update App Layers
  • Capture App Layer
For now I’ll give you a brief description for each of the tasks but I’ll go deeper into detail in later parts of this series.

Centralize Endpoint

This option migrates the content of an endpoint to the Mirage Server. The endpoint needs the Mirage Client to be installed. After completing the centralization the endpoint will be protected and managed by the Mirage System.

Disaster Recovery

Here you can restore a Client Virtual Desktop (CVD) to the same or to a new endpoint i.e. in case of a hard drive failure.

Assign Base Layer

Assigning a base layer to a CVD or collection of CVD’s is done here. After validation the layer will be deployed to the selected endpoints over the network.

Capture Base Layer

Capturing a base layer means creating a template for the default content of an endpoint. This layer includes commonly the operating system, service packs, patches and the core applications i.e. VPN client or anti virus solution.

Windows 7 Migration

This options helps migrating an Windows XP endpoint to Windows 7 preserving all end user data.

Base Layer Provisioning

When provisioning a base layer to an endpoint you’re going to clean up the device for corporate usage. After applying the base layer the device will automatically migrate it’s content to the Mirage Server.

Hardware Migration

During the hardware migration a CVD can be migrated to a new virtual or physical endpoint.

Update App Layers

Editing and assigning app layers to endpoints connected to the Mirage System.

Capture App Layer

Capturing an app layer allows you to capture a set or a single application into a layer for deploying it to a large number of endpoints.

Dashboard

The Dashboard provides a monitoring functionality for the system status and the operations. In a few statistics you can see the system activities and alerts. Information to be found in the dashboard is:

  • System Status
  • Server Information
  • Update Progress
  • Data Protection Information
  • Compliance Meter gauge
  • Capacity Status Information
  • Efficiency Benchmarks

The information is provided in form of gauges, graphs and tables.

Task Monitoring

As the name already says the Task Monitoring gives you an overview of all tasks performed by the Mirage System. In a list you can see all tasks i.e. Cature an app layer or Assign a layer and their status, device and progress.

Inventory

The Inventory node gives you access to all CVD’s and Collections. From here you can access devices in all states (Assigned, Pending and Rejected)

Image Composer

The Image Composer node is the main point to manage the base and app layers. Within this node you can also manage the Reference CVD’s and rules for all layers.

Driver Library

The driver library is a repository where all drivers for the Mirage endpoints are managed in. An Administrator can manage hardware specific drives here which are stored outside the layers. With an import wizard it’s possible to import new drivers. If configured the system will inject the necessary drivers to all relevant endpoints. The Driver Library copies the drivers from the Mirage system to the endpoints which will then be detected by the Windows Plug and Play mechanism.

Reports

The Mirage Reporting helps you to create different reports for storage, device, layer or hardware information. A very powerful tool.

Logs

Access the event and transaction logs from here. You can find loads of transactions information here i.e.

  • Centralize endpoint
  • Upload incremental changes
  • Update base layer
  • Update App Layer
  • Base Layer Caching
  • Base Layer Verification
  • Restore Prefetch
  • Restore streaning

The node gives you also the option to search and filter.

User and Roles

Within the user and role management you can define which user can access which functionality within the Mirage System. You can granularly define the roles as Mirage supports dynamic role-based access control (RBAC). A role can be grated to one or more groups from the Active Directory.

System Configuration

The System Configuration gives you control of the Mirage Servers, Volumes and Branch Reflectors.

I hope this has given you a first impression of the scope of the VMware Mirage solution. This is surely a very powerful tool!

 

Part 1: http://www.thatsmyview.net/2013/01/28/vmware-mirage-series-part-1-my-mirage-home-lab/

Part 2: http://www.thatsmyview.net/2013/01/29/vmware-mirage-series-part-2-server-installation-and-first-console-login/

 

Written by Christoph Harding

February 2nd, 2013 at 2:04 pm