We recently covered the launch of VMware’s Horizon Suite of End User Computing (EUC) products, including VMware Horizon View, VMware Horizon Mirage, and VMware Horizon Workspace. The products present a set of tools that enable IT to exercise comprehensive end-point management while delivering a unified user experience across a variety of devices and access methods.
PC-over-IP is a purpose-built desktop remoting protocol designed to adapt to network conditions to deliver the best desktop experience possible. PCoIP renders desktop video, pixel by pixel, to the endpoint (thin client, zero client, Windows client, etc.), while receiving keyboard, mouse, and other peripheral device data (audio, USB) on the datacenter-hosted desktop. The UDP-based protocol uses a combination of codecs (graphics, text, icons, photographs, video, PDF), combined with compression and intelligent encoding, to deliver a lossless virtual desktop experience.
Planning for PCoIP traffic on the WAN and LAN are critical steps in developing a design architecture for VMware View deployment. A well designed environment ensures that the PCoIP protocol can deliver the expected experience to your end users. Latency, jitter, and available bandwidth are all important considerations in View PCoIP planning. Mechanisms for guaranteeing network quality, including QoS, WAN optimization, MTU size, and packet loss prevention should also be considered. Let’s break down some of these elements to help you start your PCoIP planning.
VMware announced this week the launch of several new products in the growing portfolio of End-User Computing (EUC) solutions, under the VMware Horizon family of products. The expansion of EUC products across the industry is being fueled by increasing demands for IT solutions for business users to be delivered ‘as-a-service’, as well as by the growing trend of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). The ability of technology departments to deliver applications, user data, and desktop as a service, while maintaining user mobility and freedom must be balanced against the need to standardize and secure delivery of corporate information assets. That’s just what these new releases aim for.
I had the privilege of presenting at the Potomac Regional VMware User Group (VMUG) conference yesterday and at the inaugural Boston VMUG last week. The Potomac Regional event was a combination of Washington DC, Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Federal VMUG’s. Clearpath participated in the event as a gold sponsor. My session was entitled, “What You Didn’t Know You Needed To Know Before Implementing VMware View”.
VMware released VMware View 5.1.1 yesterday (8/16/2012). The update addresses a few different issues, and applies only to VMware View Connection Servers, not View Security Servers, View Transfer Servers, View Composer, or View Clients.
I’ve had several customers ask me for help with the VMware View environment recently, as their users were complaining about performance issues when dragging a window between monitors in a multi-monitor VMware View setup. Performance was otherwise acceptable on the View desktops. I recommended several troubleshooting and remediation steps to get windows to stop “catching” on the border between their two screens, including:
On May 2, 2012, VMware launched several new and updated products that comprise the End-User Computing Solutions. These products include Horizon Application Manager 1.5, VMware Project Octopus, VMware Zimbra 7.2, vCenter Operations for VMware View, and VMware View 5.1. All of these products together help IT take the next evolutionary step in the Post-PC era. Clearpath Solutions Group will be breaking down the full solution set for you, but today we want to focus on the first building block of the new End-User computing environment – VMware View 5.1. In VMware View 5.1, VMware introduced several new features that further reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) associated with deploying a virtual desktop infrastructure, promising increased performance with lower hardware costs, and simplified migration of desktops and user data into your company’s desktop computing cloud. A host of new storage-centric features introduced in VMware View 5.1 are the following:
I've had several people ask me about using CD/DVD drives on VMware View virtual desktops. Specifically...
Have you ever wanted to disable a VDI pool from the command line, but couldn’t find the right command for the job? As simple as it may seem to do, VMware has yet to equip the PowerCLI Snap-in with a “disable-pool” commandlet. Some may try to accommodate this by simply removing pool entitlements, but you can be faced with the following error:
VMware has made great strides in building documentation for View 4.5 compared to the VDI and View 3 days; however there is one spot where their documentation is lacking. Most administrators want to make sure that if they build a SSL encrypted website, they can purchase a trusted certificate and install it without any major issues. I spent the better part of a day trying to find out how to combine the VMware documentation with my hands-on experience to get a GoDaddy Cert on two View Connection Servers. In this case, I did not add security servers, however after a little more testing I found out the process is the same. For more info if you need it refer to the VMware View 4.5 Installation Guide. So without further ado, here are the steps to get a SSL certificate installed on a set of View 4.5 Servers.