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The new VMware View Client for Windows talks Windows 8

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Great news from the VMware View Client team. They’ve just released a new version of their clients and of course the new Windows Client is compatible with Windows 8 for Desktops and Laptops and has an improved support for Intel based Windows 8 tablets.

Here’s an overview of all enhancements through the different clients:

For specifics about a particular client, see below: 

Windows – What’s New in View Client 5.2 
* Now supports Windows 8 for desktops and notebooks 
* Improved support for Intel-based Windows 8 tablets 

Linux – What’s New in View Client 1.6 
* New USB arbitrator for improved USB compatibility for Thin Client partners 

Mac – What’s New in View Client 1.6 
* Improvements for OS X Lion and OS X Mount ain Lion Full Screen mode 

What’s New in Both iOS and Android View Clients 
* Multitasking improvements reduces bandwidth when in background 
* Disconnect from desktop now returns to Recent Desktops 
* Client-side caching for reduced bandwidth (iPad 2 or later required for iOS) 

iOS – What’s New in View Client 1.6 
* Now supports iPhone 4 and 4S! 
* Presentation Mode for iPhone 4 and 4S! 
* Universal client supports iPhone 4 and 4S and all iPads 
* Support for iOS6 
* Updated with Retina artwork 

Android – What’s New in View Client 1.6.1 
* Now supports Android 4.1, Jelly Bean including Nexus 7 
* Supports new Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD 
* Integrated RSA soft token for easier login 
* Add desktop shortcut to Android home screen

Written by Christoph Harding

October 5th, 2012 at 8:56 am

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Using VMware Mirage with VMware View floating pools

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Today I’d like to share an interesting read with you which was written by my colleague Andreas Wilke, who’s a Technical Account Manager at VMware. Please note that the configuration mentioned in the article is currently not officially supported by VMware.

One major benefit of desktop virtualization is the central image management for all desktop clients that can be deployed in many different pools as a View master image for floating or dedicated pools. Inside a floating pool deployment our current recommendation is to use a ThinApp repository for your applications which are streamed over a low latency connection from a network share to the View clients. With that solution you will avoid installing applications to the master image and can use the same master image inside many pools with different set of applications in each pool.

The challenge in that scenario begins with the installation of applications inside the master image itself for applications that can’t be used with ThinApp or are hard to be packaged with it. Usually you don’t want to have the local installed applications inside each pool for each user or it can’t be installed with other applications due to incompatibility reasons.

When you start to install applications inside different master images of your View environment you will start to lose control of the central image management. You will need to install patches inside each master image individually. Inside a growing View environment it will be hard to manage all the additional master images. You have to start using a central image and application management tool for your master images (ex. SCCM).

With VMware Mirage there is one simple way to get back the control of all your master images inside your View environment. The only thing you have to do is to install the Mirage Client inside your master images and add them as CVD (Centralized Virtual Desktop) to an existing or new Mirage environment. Inside your Mirage environment you can create a new Base Image that will be used as a Reference CVD for all your master images. This can easily be done inside the Mirage management console. With this solution you can easily update only one reference machine with patches/installed applications and synchronize the changes to your View master images. The updated View master images can be used to recompose your existing floating pools.

There are two things you need to consider when you want to use this:

  1. You have to disable the Mirage Client deamon each time before you create a new snapshot of the master image so it will not run inside the deployed floating pools.
  2. If you are not using VMware View Persona Management our recommendation is to disable the Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider. This service is necessary for Wanova Mirage, so please active it if you update your master image and disable it before you deploy or recompose the new floating pools

That’s it. A easy integration of VMware Mirage with VMware View and floating pools. If you are already using an application management system for your application you can use it as well to manage your installed applications inside your View Master images and reference machine in combination with VMware Mirage.

A picture tells more than 1000 words…. So here you can see the combination of all products:

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What do you think about this configuration? Please feel free to leave your comment.

Would you like to hear more about this solution?

Written by Christoph Harding

September 11th, 2012 at 9:18 am

HP comes up with new PCoIP zero client running Tera2

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Today Hewlett-Packard has published a new press release about a new zero client for VMware View. The HP t310 zero client features the Teradici Tera2 zero client processor which gives you up to five times the imaging performance of the Tera1 processor. The client will be available in North America in September and it starts at $369 and varies on the hardware options.

Great news for VMware View customers and prospects. The t310 is the second PCoIP client from HP next to the PD02 which is a eVGA OEM

 

Link: http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/newsroom/press/2012/120820a.html

Written by Christoph Harding

August 20th, 2012 at 10:20 pm

VMware View 5.1.1 available

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Yesterday VMware has published the latest version (5.1.1) of VMware View.

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Resolved Issues in View 5.1.1:

View Administrator

  • When the number of View entities managed by one group of View Connection Server instances exceeded 10,000, View Administrator had intermittent problems displaying desktop pools, desktops, and user/group references. The intermittent display problems caused many administrative operations to fail. A View entity can be a desktop pool, desktop, or user/group reference.

View Persona Management

  • View Persona Management failed to replicate a user profile that contained very large files to the remote profile repository. The incomplete replication could result in data loss or data corruption in the user profile.

User Profile Management in View

The following resolved issues concern desktop session management by View Agent and View Connection Server. In certain situations, View closed sessions prematurely, affecting user profile synchronization. In View 5.1.1, View Agent and View Connection Server wait for user profile replication to be completed before closing desktop sessions.

  • When a user logged off soon after adding a large amount of data to the user profile, View shut down the View desktop before the user profile had finished being replicated to the remote profile repository. The incomplete replication could result in data loss or data corruption in the user profile. This issue is resolved when PCoIP or RDP is used.
  • If a user logged off from a View desktop and immediately logged in to a new desktop session within the same pool, user profile data that was created in the new session could not be saved. The user could also lose data that was created in the previous session. This issue applied to desktops running Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, or later Windows operating system releases.

Link: https://www.vmware.com/support/view51/doc/view-511-release-notes.html

Written by Christoph Harding

August 17th, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Teradici Brings PCoIP to Microsoft Remote Desktop Services

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Interesting news which we got today! Teradici brings PCoIP to Microsoft Remote Desktop Services. This is what loads of people where looking for I guess. Let’s wait until VMworld US and hope that many bloggers will visit Teradici’s booth to take videos. :-) Unfortunately I’ll not be there this year.

“Until today VMware View customers and service providers looking to combine full-featured VDI-based virtual desktops with Microsoft RDS to provide basic desktop virtualization services have had no choice but to run multiple separately managed desktop virtualization solutions with multiple remote display protocols; both of which significantly add to the cost and complexity of a comprehensive service,” said Simon Bramfitt, research analyst at Entelechy Associates. “Teradici’s entry into the RDSH market will prove attractive both to existing View customers and service providers alike as awareness of the benefits of desktop virtualization increases and organizations that had previously discounted VDI reconsider that decision. Teradici’s announcement of its RDSH solution should do much to refocus attention on the technology that has frequently been overlooked since the introduction of VDI. The increased choice it offers will do much to help customers looking to implement RDSH, especially those who do not need the comprehensive feature set and corresponding premium price of Citrix XenApp.”

For IT managers with both VMware View and Microsoft RDS session desktop environments, Teradici RDSH provides RDS session desktops with:

  • PCoIP protocol support for Microsoft RDS session desktops with the benefits of industry leading performance, security, and user experience.
  • The ability to broker and manage both VMware View and RDS session desktops through VMware View Manager.
  • The benefits of high performing, secure, and minimal management Teradici Zero Clients for RDS session desktops. Teradici PCoIP Zero Clients are available from over 30 OEM partners in a wide variety of form factors and options.
  • The ability to use the revolutionary Teradici APEX 2800 PCoIP server offload card to provide Microsoft RDS desktop sessions with the same increase in performance and scalability as currently offered in VMware View deployments.

To read the full text please visit the Teradici website.

As of this text from Teradici’s website they’re going to release the product in Q4 this year!

Teradici RDSH will be generally available in December 2012 and will be demonstrated at Teradici’s booth #917 at VMworld 2012 taking place August 26 to August 30 at the Moscone Center, San Francisco. For further information, visit www.teradici.com/RDSH

 

Link: http://www.teradici.com/news-and-events/press-releases/2012-08-13

Written by Christoph Harding

August 13th, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Desktop Virtualization (VMware View) at Foley and Lardner

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May 23rd, 2012 at 6:55 am

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Siemens Healthcare incorporates VMware View to solve the last mile of EMR delivery

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May 23rd, 2012 at 6:54 am

New VMware View 5.1 Evaluators Guide Available

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VMware has posted a new evaluators guide for the fresh released VMware View version 5.1.

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The content as follows:

  • View Persona Management for physical User Profiles
  • Customization of the View Portal for View Client Downloads
  • USB Redirection
  • Customer Experience Improvement Program data preview

 

Link: http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/view/VMware-View-Evaluators-Guide.pdf

Written by Christoph Harding

May 22nd, 2012 at 9:07 am

New book: VMware View 5: Building a successful virtual desktop

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Thanks to Eric Sloof who brought up a new VMware View book by virtualization consultant Paul O’Doherty today. The book isn’t available yet but as of Amazon should be on 3rd September. Here’s the description:

Discover the powerful and cost saving new virtualization opportunities on the client side with VMware View 5! In VMware View 5: Building a Successful Virtual Desktop, leading virtualization consultant Paul O’Doherty teaches the essentials of View, bringing together critical information, deep insights, and best practices drawn from his extensive experience deploying virtual desktop technology in many of today’s most demanding business environments. O’Doherty walks through every step of View, from the earliest planning phases through configuration, implementation, and management. He illuminates crucial considerations ranging from changes to end-user experience and support considerations through performance management. Readers will learn how to plan and smoothly stage virtual desktop infrastructure deployments, and avoid pitfalls associated with latency, scalability, storage, and networking. Using this books’ proven techniques, virtualization professionals can achieve the full promise of virtualized desktops, dramatically improving system administration productivity while building environments that are more flexible and easier to manage.

Amazon: Link

Link: http://www.ntpro.nl/blog/archives/2042-New-Book-VMware-View-5-Building-a-Successful-Virtual-Desktop.html

Pearson, VMware Press: http://www.pearsonitcertification.com/store/product.aspx?isbn=9780321822345

 

Written by Christoph Harding

May 9th, 2012 at 9:21 am

VMware View 5.1 in a nutshell

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Yesterday VMware announced the newest release of VMware View, their enterprise desktop virtualization solution. Since VMware released the first version of View back in 2008 loads of enhancements have gone into the product. This time they focussed on storage, improved scalability and a even better end user experience. So what’s new?

  • New USB redirection stack
  • Radius authentication
  • More clients (i.e. new Mac Clients)
  • PCoIP & User experience improvements
  • Local mode enhacements
  • Admin UI performance enhancements
  • Persona Management for physical machines
  • Persona Management migration tool
  • Support for pre-created Active Directory accounts
  • View Storage Accelerator
  • Cluster size expansions for NFS datastores
  • Standalone View Composer Server

That’s quite a lot so now let’s dig into the most important enhancements in detail.

View Storage Accelerator

The View Storage Accelerator offers storage access optimization to improve the performance and storage cost. Actually it’s an in-memory cache of common block reads and it’s applicable to all types of desktops. It’s 100% server based and transparent to the guest VM with no need for special array integration.

On the business side it will give you reduced storage cost as the storage can be sized for average workloads. The solution deceases the peak IOPS load on the storage and ensures a consistent user experience by handling worst case usage. Especially it will help during boot storms and emergency software deployments such as antivirus pattern updates.

That said it will also allow a larger concurrent user scale on the same resources.

Single host boot storm:

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The result will be:

  • ˜ 80% reduction in peak IOPS
  • ˜ 45% reduction in average IOPS
  • ˜ 65% reduction in peak throughput
  • ˜ 25% reduction in average throughput

Windows 7 multi host boot storm:

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Integration into the View Manager:

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View Admin UI Improvements

The View Admin UI was localized into 5 new languages including French, German, Japanese, Korean and Simplified Chinese and it’s compatible with the local browser settings.

Persona Management for physical machines

The Persona Management was already introduced with VMware View 5 but now it’s extended to physical desktops. The Persona management supports Windows 7, Vista and XP and has no infrastructure requirements which less into less management overhead.

2-Factor Radius authentication

With the 2-Factor Radius authentication VMware added support for multiple two-factor authentication vendors like RSA SecurID (Which was already supported before natively), VASCO DIGIPASS, SMS Passcode, SafeNet and others. This is great for the customer as it gives a new choice of authentication vendors and is compatible with previous authentication choices.

Continued PCoIP Performance Improvements

In this released VMware added again optimizations for CPU and bandwidth.

 

 

Written by Christoph Harding

May 3rd, 2012 at 10:04 am