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VMware has changed the compatibility notes for VMware Horizon View 5.2 recently. The product is now supported with Oracle 188.8.131.52 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.
In Horizon View version 5.2 + View Feature Pack 1 VMware introduced the new Unity Touch feature formally known as Project AppShift. Unity Touch is a very cool integration of Windows apps and documents in the VMware Horizon View Client for iOS and Android devices. In the screenshots you can see the Unity Touch tab which gives the user direct access to their documents or installed applications on the virtual Windows desktop. This is cool as the user doesn’t need to touch on the screen, go to the start menu etc. If you go back to the screenshot, you can see a description “Favorite applications.” At this point the user can define his favorite apps so he doesn’t need to choose “All programs” first to find an application.
So it would also make sense if IT could preconfigure this favorite apps with the most common applications, like Outlook, Word or other productivity tools. In a nutshell it is only editing the Windows Registry on the virtual desktop.
If you want to learn how it works please check this document: http://www.vmware.com/pdf/horizon-view/horizon-view-52-feature-pack-document.pdf
VMware recently announced the availability of vCenter Operations for Horizon View 1.5. The vCenter Operations for Horizon View solution is a great tool to gain comprehensive visibility into your VDI’s infrastructure health, applications and performance.
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- providing automated desktop operations capabilities; with Horizon View 5.2-near-equivalent scalability (8K concurrent users), for large-scale, multi-pod and multi-data center Horizon View deployments!
- auto-installing the data collection agents in the new vC Ops Mgr 1.5 architecture with View 5.2 installation, minimizing deployment and administrative effort. (The agent can be manually deployed to 5.0/5.1 installations as well.) – providing configurable metric sets for further scalability options
- delivering pre-configured “super-metrics” for functionality such as current/max concurrent user counts for license compliance
- enhancing the View Adapter dashboard, and additional self-health features to ensure proper functioning of vC Ops Mgr for View itself – providing enhanced User Interface features for improved product navigation and problem-solving
Product documentation: http://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/vcops-view-pubs.html
Thanks to Eric Sloof for linking to the new free Fling available at the VMware Labs website. The tool called View Pool Manager is a development from Andre Leibovici who’s well known for his blog myvirtualcloud.net. The tools allows you to manage a few tasks around the VMware View Pool management. The View Pool Manager can help you to save time, maybe a few hours a week. Try it!
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Today I received a new SSD drive for my home lab. It was time to get some new IOPS in my vSphere environment for testing VMware Horizon View 5.2. I haven’t installed View for a while so I was really surprised about the changes I’ve seen in the product. After the general View installation I’ve deployed a Windows 7 desktop pool first as I wanted to test the new HTML access today. Of course I’ve seen it before and I’ve already played with it but didn’t install it by myself yet. The HTML access option comes as a separate installer for both, the server and the agent side. The remote experience agent which is installed on the virtual desktop also brings the necessary software pieces for the Unity Touch feature. From the VMware website you can download the HTML access for the connection server as well as the user experience agent. Just login to your MyVMware account and check the downloads section. The modules are available under the Horizon View downloads. Starting the installation is easy as usual, just click on the installer.
I was surprised when I did the installation as their was nothing to configure. Only click Next, Next and Finish and all its set.
After installing the HTML access option (Feature Pack 1for View 5.2) the website at https://viewserver/ changes. Before the installation the website offered only the option to download the View Client for accessing the virtual desktops. After installing the Feature Pack you can see the “VMware Horizon View HTML Access” icon.
But before using the new feature you’ve to install the client components on the virtual desktop. Again take the installer, this time copy it to the virtual desktop or desktop template and start the installation.
The only difference to the server installation part is that you have one additional wizard dialog. It gives you the chance to decide if you want to install HTML access only or also install the Unity Touch features. But of course you want it so just click on Install and start the installation.
After the installation and proper configuration of a desktop pool you can go back to the View Connection Server web interface. Click on the HTML access and enjoy!
Ha! There is another trap which you should be aware of! HTML access requires HTML5 support but this is not offered by Internet Explorer 9 i.e. which I’ve used to access my virtual desktop. Lessons learned! I’ve installed IE9 afterwards.
Using a supported web browser gives you this! A fully functional Windows 7 desktop running in a web browser. Great! I love it.
I hope this gives you a quick overview of the HTML Access which comes with the VMware View 5.2 Feature Pack 1. Of course the HTML access doesn’t give you the full functionality of a VMware View Client which is connected via PCoIP but it is great to use on a mobile device for a few use cases.
Eric Sloof published an article on his blog today which like to a video taken by Gunnar Berger from Gartner. In this video Gunnar compares HTML Access via PCoIP. It’s definitely worth to watch it!
Did you ever want to know more about the USB Device Redirection in VMware View? This is your chance! Peter Brown, Senior R&D manager at VMware’s London development facilities gives you a deep insight on the VMware blogs. This is really great information.
The article gives you information about these topics:
- What is USB Device Redirection?
- USB Redirection Changes in View 5.1
- Horizon View Clients to support new USB Redirection Features
- USB Device Support in virtual environments
- USB Device Filtering
- USB Device Splitting
- Does the protocol matter?
- USB1/2/3 Compatibility
- USB Redirection performance in a LAN compared to WAN
- USB Storage device performance
- Data Encryption
- Is it possible to disable redirection
- What’s new with USB redirection in Horizon View 5.2
Cortado has published an interesting news article about ThinPrint, integrated in View 5.2.
Cortado´s ThinPrint technology is integrated with the recently announced VMware® Horizon View™ 5.2. New important printing features include: VMware Horizon View 5.2 has the ability to support printer finishing options, such as hole punching, stapling, and binding on Windows 8, with the use of the ThinPrint Output Gateway virtual printer driver. Other features include driver-free printing, print data compression, and optimized printing for PCoIP.
Please visit the Cortado website for more information.
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.
Please choose VMware Horizon View HTML Access and you will see the login screen.
Just authenticate here and then access your entitled desktop.
TaaaTaaaaa! That’s it! Your desktop is being served via HTML5 into your browser.
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.
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”.
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.
The “My Files” menu gives you access to all your files and on the virtual desktop.
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.
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 www.horizonflux.com for provisioning me a desktop on his test environment. This helped a lot with this article.
VMware has also released the new View Clients in version 5.3 and 2.0.