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Project Orcha

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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.


Written by Christoph Harding

August 27th, 2013 at 3:47 pm

New book: VMware View Security Essentials

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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:

Most people associate security with network security and focus on firewalls and network monitoring. However, there is more to security than that. Security starts with the establishment of a stable environment, protecting this environment not only from intrusion, but also from malicious intent. It is about tracking the issue and recovering from it. These elements of security are what this book aims to address.

VMware View Security Essentials addresses the topic of security in the corporate environment in a new way. It starts with the underlying virtual infrastructure and then delves into securing your base, your connection, and your client. This is not only a “how-to” book, but is also a book that explains the background and the insights of View security for the experienced professional’s desktop virtualization.

This book takes you through the four major View security areas. Each area deals with all the aspects of security and explains the background as well as laying out simple-to-follow recipes to implement a higher security standard.

We start at the Virtualization base and work our way through the various View server types. We will then dive into the problems and issues of securing a connection before we address the security of the desktop itself. We conclude with a look into the backing up of our View installation and preparing for disaster recovery.



Written by Christoph Harding

July 18th, 2013 at 10:41 am

Release: VMware Horizon View Client for Mac OS X 2.1

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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 and find additional information using the buttons below.

Release NotesDocumentationDownload

Written by tim

July 12th, 2013 at 5:51 pm

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Release: VMware Horizon View 5.2 Feature Pack 2

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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.

You can find all information about the new Feature Pack 2 on or directly via the buttons below.

Release NotesDocumentationDownload

Written by tim

July 12th, 2013 at 5:38 pm

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VMware Horizon View Feature Pack 2

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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:

An there are also already two KB articles online:

 Setting Frame Rates and Resolution for Real-Time Audio-Video on Horizon View Clients

 Guidelines for Using Real-Time Audio-Video with 3rd-Party Applications on Horizon View Desktops

For configuration and administration of the Feature Pack 2 check this 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: 

Written by Christoph Harding

July 12th, 2013 at 8:39 am

New VMware View Book – Implementing VMware Horizon View 5.2

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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 


Written by Christoph Harding

July 4th, 2013 at 4:40 pm

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PCoIP Proxy for VMware Horizon View

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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.

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If you this video you might also like this:

Written by Christoph Harding

June 25th, 2013 at 8:47 am

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VMware Horizon View and Avaya VDI Communicator

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Written by Christoph Harding

June 12th, 2013 at 9:50 am

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Any questions about the VMware View Enterprise Bundle & Add-On EOL?

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At the beginning of March VMware has released their new Horizon Suite which includes the End User Computing products Horizon View, Horizon Mirage and Horizon Workspace. The suite is a full solution for the complete end user computing stack, from physical to virtual. With this release VMware also has announced to discontinue the VMware View Enterprise licensing and they changed the name for the View Premier product to VMware Horizon View. View Premier, now Horizon View includes the superior functionality needed for a highly optimized VDI infrastructure i.e. View Composer. Customer who are using View Enterprise will still receive Support & Maintenance until September 2018 for the versions 5.x. There is also an upgrade path for the customers to Horizon View.

This and more information can be found in the VMware Knowledge Base: 

There is also a FAQ covering several questions:


Written by Christoph Harding

June 11th, 2013 at 11:14 pm

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Black boxes around application fields in VMware View PCoIP session

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One of my customers had some pretty annoying display errors inside VMware View PCoIP sessions when connecting to a Windows 7 desktop. As a picture is worth a thousand words here is an example of the problem:

Black boxes around application fields in VMware View PCoIP session

The solution to this problem was to downgrade the virtual hardware version to version 7.

Downgrading the virtual machine hardware version

This article provides steps to downgrade virtual machine hardware from a newer version to an older version.


This problem was seen and solved with the current VMware Horizon View version 5.2 on top of ESX 5.0 with Windows 7 virtual machines.

If this workaround isn’t working for you please have a look at the following article (Black Boxes around application fields in VMware View Manager 5.0.x / 5.1.x PCoIP session) or open a support request with the VMware technical support.

At this point I want to thank Michael Kittlaus for his support solving this problem.

Written by tim

June 4th, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Posted in ESXi,PCoIP,vSphere

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