Category Archives: VMware View

Release: VMware Horizon View Clients 2.3

VMware last week released a new version of the Horizon View clients for Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android. Customers using a View client on their device are able to access their Windows desktop hosted on a VMware Horizon backend infrastructure.

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The following functionality was added in version 2.3:

iOS

  • Unity Touch sidebar enhancements
  • Advanced SSL options
  • Japanes 106/109 keyboard layout support
  • Log off, reset and roll back changes
  • Desktop serach
  • Multiple recent connections pages
  • Support for iPad mini with Retina display and iPad Air

Android

  • Unity Touch sidebar enhancements
  • Advanced SSL options
  • Japanes 106/109 keyboard layout support
  • Log off, reset and roll back changes
  • Desktop serach
  • Multiple recent connections pages
  • Support for Android 4.4. (KitKat)

Mac OS X

  • Support for Real-Time Audio-Video
  • Desktop Search
  • Reordering shortcuts

Linux

  • Ability to configure which keys are sent only to the local system
  • Hiding of server connection screen and desktop library when running in kiosk mode

Windows

  • New group policy security setting for configuring client systems to use a specific cipher list
  • Log file enhancements
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Paper: IBM SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure with VMware View

IBM and VMware released a Reference Architecture titled: “IBM SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure with VMware View “. The paper, which contains 52 pages and describes the reference architecture for using VMware View 5.1 on the ESXi 5 hypervisor. It

gives an architecture overview and component model of the VMware View and then describes the deployment model of VMware View using different number of users on a variety of IBM® hardware platforms including IBM Flex System, IBM PureFlex System, IBM System x, IBM networking, and IBM storage.

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The paper contains the following sections:

  • Introduction
  • Architectural overview
  • Component model
    • VMware View provisioning
    • Storage model
  • Operational model
    • Compute servers for virtual desktops
    • Compute server for hosted shared desktops
    • Management servers
    • Systems management
    • Shared storage
    • Networking
    • Deployment models
  • Bill of materials
  • Resources

Paper: VMware Horizon View Large-Scale Reference Architecture

From virtualization.info (it’s a good blog that you should read!)

VMware has released a paper titled: “VMware Horizon View Large-Scale Reference Architecture“. The paper which contains 30 pages details a reference architecture based on real-world test scenarios, user workloads and infrastructure system configurations. The RA uses the VCE Vblock Specialized System for Extreme Applications, composed of Cisco UCS server blades and EMC XtremIO flash storage, to support a 7,000-user VMware Horizon View 5.2 deployment. Benchmarking was done using the Login VSI Max benchmarking suite.

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The paper covers the following topics:

  • Executive Summary
  • Overview
    • VCE Vblock Specialized System for Extreme Applications
    • VMware Horizon View
    • Storage Components
    • Compute and Networking Components
    • Workload Generation and Measurement
  • Test Results
    • Login VSI
    • Timing Tests
    • Storage Capacity
  • System Configurations
    • vSphere Cluster Configurations
    • Networking Configurations
    • Storage Configurations
    • vSphere Configurations
    • Infrastructure and Management Servers
    • Horizon View Configuration
    • EMC XtremIO Storage Configurations

Conclusion:

Our test results demonstrate that it is possible to deliver an Ultrabook-quality user experience at scale for every desktop, with headroom for any desktop to burst to thousands of IOPS as required to drive user productivity, thanks to the EMC XtremIO storage platform, which provides considerably higher levels of application performance and lower virtual desktop costs than alternative platforms. The high performance and simplicity of the EMC XtremIO array and the value-added systems integration work provided by VCE as part of the Vblock design contributed significantly to the overall success of the project.

VMware Revises vRAM Entitlements

In an unexpected but greatly appreciated change of heart, VMware has published that it is revising the vRAM entitlements and model with regards to vRAM Entitlements, the following is an extract from a blog post and mail sent to all VMware Partners:

VMware vSphere 5 Licensing and Pricing Update

As you are probably aware, when VMware announced our new Cloud Infrastructure Suite, we also introduced changes to the vSphere licensing based on a consumption and value-based model rather than on physical components and capacity.

While we believe this model is the right long-term strategy as we move into the cloud-computing era, the announcement generated a great deal of passionate feedback from partners and customers that led us to examine the impact of the new licensing model on every possible use case and scenario – and equally importantly, taking into consideration our partners’ and customers’ desire to broadly standardize on VMware. We’ve listened to your ideas and advice, and we are taking action with the following three updates to the vSphere 5 licensing model:

  • We’ve increased vRAM entitlements for all vSphere editions, including the doubling of the entitlements for vSphere Enterprise and Enterprise Plus. Below is a comparison of the previously announced and the new vSphere 5 vRAM entitlements per vSphere edition:

Pricingtable

  • We’ve capped the amount of vRAM we count in any given VM, so that no VM, not even the “monster” 1TB vRAM VM, would cost more than one vSphere Enterprise Plus license. This change also aligns with our goal to make vSphere 5 the best platform for running Tier 1 applications.
  • We’ve adjusted our model to be much more flexible around transient workloads, and short-term spikes that are typical in test & development environments for example. We will now calculate a 12-month average of consumed vRAM to rather than tracking the high water mark of vRAM.

Finally, we introduced the vSphere Desktop Edition to address vSphere licensing in a desktop environment. vSphere Desktop is licensed on the total number of Powered On Desktop Virtual Machines allowing  customers to purchase vSphere for VDI use case on per user basis.  Our price books are being updated and will be available on Partner Central shortly.

VMware View Client for iPad

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Us IT geeks love cool stuff – and it doesn’t get funkier than desktop virtualisation driven through a neat tablet device to be the envy of the conference room – well VMware has enabled it by delivering a View Client for iPad, letting you do all your Windows 7 stuff on your iPad, potentially a game changer.

The View client for the iPad provides the following functionality:

  • Supports native iPad gestures for quick and easy navigation around your desktop.
  • Onscreen trackpad for better mouse targeting
  • Onscreen arrow keys for efficient text input
  • Tightly integrated with the VMware View 4.6 release for simple setup and connectivity.
  • Reconnect to your desktop by selecting from the recent desktop list.

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Available on iTunes now