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Today I am both – delighted and sad to announce that I’m leaving VMware. In the last 6 years I met a lot of great people and had a brilliant time with them. I’ve learned loads and I really enjoyed the fantastic VMworld’s in the US and in Europe where I could also meet my subscribers and the smart heads from the VMware community and VMUG’s. However I’m very delighted to join another global player in the IT industry. On 15th October 2013 I’ll start at Microsoft as a Solution Specialist for Devices. Of course I’ll continue to blog and tweet about End User Computing, but with a different focus. Since 2009 this blog was dedicated to VMware technologies which will change. I’ll introduce more topics of course related to mobility as this will be my specialty.
I’d like to thank all my friends/colleagues for fantastic 6 years and as you all know you not only meet once in the IT industry.
I hope that you all stay with me here. See you all next week!
Good hint from Peter Björk at the VMware ThinApp Blog. There is a Hands on Lab for ThinApp available online. If you like to learn more about VMware’s application virtualization solution you should take this 101.
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.
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.
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
VMware has released a new version of VMware Workstation. The new version 9.0.2 is a maintenance release which fixes the following issues from the release notes.
- On a Windows 7 host, when you plug and unplug a headset several times, the audio card of the guest would not work. This has been fixed in Workstation 9.0.2.
- When installing VMware Tools in Linux virtual machines, the The default screen resolution options have been standardized to 640×480, 800×600, 1024×768, or 1280×800 for the initial login. After login, resolution can be set to any value the user desires or Autofit can be used.
- You can now create full clones from a snapshot of a Windows XP Mode virtual machine.
- Image copy/paste now correctly function with Solaris 10 and 11 guests.
- In VMware Player, the list of available NICs in the Automatic Bridging Settings dialog window is now refreshed without restarting Player.
- A virtual machine created using Use a physical disk (For advanced users) from the new virtual machine wizard may display the following error when powering on: A fault has occurred causing a virtual CPU to enter the shutdown state... The cause of this issue has been fixed.
- More detailed PCI information has been added and a potential problem that resulted in risk of rebooting the host when selecting Collect Support Data has been fixed.
- Previously, when you manually disabled networking in the Network Manager and then attempted to suspend the virtual machine, the operation would fail and Workstation would show thean error The request to suspend this virtual machine failed because the corresponding VMware Tools Script did not run successfully.... This has been fixed.
- A memory leak that impacted Windows hosts and guests has been fixed.
- When running in a Linux distribution using the GNOME 3 desktop environment, Desktop folders now open as expected.
- The OVFTool has been updated to version 3.0.2.
- Disk cleanup for encrypted virtual machines has been disabled until VMware can further investigate reports of encrypted disks being damaged by this operation.
- Autostart virtual machines now power on automatically after upgrading Windows hosts to Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012.
- VMware Tools no longer crashes on Windows 2008 Server Core x64 SP2 operating system, with the following error:
VMware Tools unrecoverable error: (vthread-3)
Exception 0xc0000005 (access violation) has occurred.
However, Windows 2008 Server Core x64 SP2 is not a supported operating system for VMware Workstation.
- Scrolling with a Lenovo ThinkPad UltraNav scroll button no longer requires excessive force.
- From the Linux version of Workstation, the Description field for a remote virtual machine now captures all characters entered.
- When editing Workstation preferences on Windows hosts, occasionally a permissions error would be displayed. This issue has been resolved.
- It is now possible to create a linked clone from a read-only template virtual machine.
There is a great new guide online from VMware. If you want to setup a test environment for VMware Mirage, this is the resource to use. Please check the link below.
It is recommended and Best Practice to create a MirageAdmin Group before you start the installation of the components.
Domain Based Active Directory Group Procedure:
- Prior to Mirage installation, please perform the following actions:
- Create the Mirage Administrators Group – a new domain group e.g. MirageAdmin
- Add this new or existing domain group to the local administrators group on the Mirage Management server i.e. Add “domain.name\MirageAdmins” to the local administrators group on the Mirage server via the local users and groups configuration window – administrators group
- It is recommended to create a new Domain User to run the Mirage services (“Mirage Services Account”). Add the Mirage Services Account.to the Mirage Administrators Group.
- Creating a new account will allow better, secured access to the Mirage Storage.
- Add the Installing Account (that will be used for installing Mirage services) to the Mirage Administrator Group.
- The Installing Account should also have the access privileges mentioned above.
- During Installation of Mirage Management Server
- Login as the Installing Account.
- Enter the Mirage Services Account when prompted during the installation. The syntax used for fully qualified name is DOMAIN\username
- Enter the Mirage Administrator Group in the same installation wizard screen. The syntax used for fully qualified name is DOMAIN\group
Installation Errors with wrong security privileges
The Mirage installation could fail with “Failed setting default server policies: BI rules.” if you are using Built-In AD groups. Built-In groups are cannot be used as a Mirage Administrator group.
VMware View 5.2 is now available for download! Here are the release notes:
What’s New in Horizon View 5.2
VMware Horizon View 5.2 delivers valuable enhancements to end user experience and ease of management, while further driving down the total cost of ownership for VDI.
What’s New with End User Experience
- Support for Windows 8 based desktops1
- Hardware Accelerated 3D Graphics1
- Improved video and VOIP communications with Microsoft Lync 2013 support4
- Streamlined access to View Desktops from Horizon2
- Easily connect to desktops from any device with HTML Access3
- Enhanced productivity from mobile devices with new ‘Unity Touch’ functionality3 and 4
What’s New with Ease of Management
- Large pool creation with elimination of 8 host limits, and multiple vLAN support
- View Administrator performance improvements with large numbers of desktops
- Accelerated provisioning and recompose operations.
- Tech Preview of a new Integrated Service Console in the vSphere Web Client1
- Support for vCenter Server Virtual Appliance based deployments
What’s New with Total Cost of Ownership
- Substantial storage capacity savings for persistent desktops with space-efficient (SE sparse) disk technology1
1 Requires use of vSphere 5.1 and subsequent patches
2 Requires use of VMware Horizon Suite
3 Requires use of additional VMware Horizon View 5.2 Feature Pack
4 Requires use of latest VMware Horizon View Clients