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Reading Time: 3 minutes After five months the GA of VMware Horizon View 5.3, now VMware announce officially the new VMware Horizon 6.0 with much emphasis on the features of Horizon View. In the VMware End-User Computing Blog there are several post about it, but of course there are also several other blog post. Will be an impressive innovation? Will be the year of VDI? Can simple change some rules and equilibrium in the EUC world? There are of course several new features, but I think that it’s mostly and evolution than a revolution. The main core architecture remain […]

Reading Time: 2 minutes Upgrade steps to VMware Horizon View 5.3 are quite the same of the upgrade to 5.2 and also their behavior and order remain the same: Check-list for HCL and also software compatibility (remember to verify also the version of VMware vSphere) Connection servers (included View Manager, Secure Servers and Transfer Servers): remember that for View Secure Servers this is almost a full reinstallation (so pairing must be done from scratch) Composer Server: this must still be a Windows Server (could be vCenter Server, if Windows,¬†or an external server)… remember to keep the existing certificate and […]

Reading Time: 3 minutes In an installation of VMware Horizon View one requirement is the VMware Composer database to keep track of the various pools with linked clones. But this is the only mandatory DB (if you have linked clones), because for the various View Connection Servers there isn’t any strictly database strictly requirement, since they exchange and share data via a specific data structure based on Active Directory Lightweight Mode (actually an LDAP tree replicated between each replication server). But in real scenario, it becomes useful, from the management point of view, set up a shared database for […]

Reading Time: 2 minutes In some cases you may have a pending VMware Horizon View pool deletion task that does not finish for several reasons: usually when you have modify or delete some VM’s pool directly from the VMware vCenter Server instead from the View Manager. In those cases you will not be able to remove those pool anymore and probably you will not able to build VM with the same pattern. You can fix this issue manually using those VMware KB: Manually deleting linked clones or stale virtual desktop entries from VMware View Manager 4.5 and later (2015112) […]

Reading Time: 3 minutes Not only the VMware Horizon View 5.3 has been released but also the related Feature Pack 1. It’s available, as usual, in a dedicated download area. It also include the new Blast 2.2 protocol (aka the HTML5 access) that bring some interesting in term of performance and speed and reduce the big gap between the PCoIP protocol (for more info see also PCoIP vs. Blast). For the installation and configuration procedure the notes in the post about the 5.2 View version are still valid.

Reading Time: 4 minutes Finally the new Horizon View is now available for the download. It’s the version compatible with vSphere 5.5. To use View Storage Accelerator in a vSphere 5.5 or later environment, a desktop virtual machine must be 512GB or smaller. View Storage Accelerator is disabled on virtual machines that are larger than 512GB. Virtual machine size is defined by the total VMDK capacity. For example, one VMDK file might be 512GB or a set of VMDK files might total 512GB. This requirement also applies to virtual machines that were created in an earlier vSphere release and […]

Reading Time: 3 minutes Starting from the 5.2 version, VMware View is now called VMware Horizon View (according with the new position in the VMware Horizon Suite). But the upgrade path (of the View part) is still quite similar with previous version (see also VMware View 5.1.2 update or VMware View 5.1 upgrade path) and is well described in the Upgrade guide.

Reading Time: 3 minutes I’ve already write a post with the comparison between PCoIP and RDP (PCoIP vs. RDP) and some considerations on how use each protocol in a VMware View infrastructure. Other protocols, like HP RGS (Remote Graphics Software) has been removed (from View) years ago, and protocols from other solutions (like, for example, SPICE) are not included. But now there is also the HTML5 option (Blast protocol) included with the Horizon Suite or with the Feature Pack of Horizon View (see this post on how enable it).

Reading Time: 3 minutes VMware Horizon View 5.2 HTML5 Access is a new way to access your virtual desktop using the Blast protocol. Actually is not integrated in the standard Horizon View package, but you need to download the required packages from the Horizon View Feature Pack section:

Reading Time: 2 minutes VMware has announced the new VMware Horizon Suite: the platform for workforce mobility. Core of the VMware’s End User Computing (EUC) vision it is based on this point: Transform: Simplify desktops, diverse apps and data into centralized services Broker: Manage & Secure centrally and broker services to your workforce by policy Deliver: Empower your workforce with flexible access across devices, locations and connectivity

Reading Time: 4 minutes I’ve already describe the upgrade path to VMware View 5.1, but things change and there are additional patches for this View version (that is currently in version 5.1.2). Of course also HCL may change (with more support) and, for example, recent version of View 5.1 are fully compatible with recent version of vSphere 5.1.

Reading Time: 5 minutes In a View environment the PCoIP is usually the right choice and on a LAN works really well (see also the previous post about PCoIP and RDP differences). But on a wide-area networks (WANs)you have to consider some aspects to have a reasonable reactivity or to maximize the number of remote clients: you must consider bandwidth constraints and latency issues. The PCoIP display protocol provided by VMware adapts to varying latency and bandwidth conditions, but some optimization may be needed.

Reading Time: 3 minutes In a VMware View environment usually PCoIP protocol is preferred to the RDP one due to several reasons. I don’t want to spend too much time about the latency, throughput, reactivity, user experience different between those two protocols… in most cases PCoIP is better compared to RDP. But PCoIP protocol has some limits that your have to consider in your design and mainly are described in the View Architecture Planning guide.

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