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Cisco Jabber is now Fully supported on VMware View.

Last Week, Cisco has introduced its new offering in virtual desktop environment adding support to the Cisco Jabber Unified Communication application in the virtualized workspace environment. this will all happen via the cisco virtualization experience media engine VXME, this will start small with thin clients followed by support for other clients starting with Dell wyse and then windows thin client and windows PCs. one of the most interesting clients that i am thinking of today is the Cisco 6215 which is one of the most interesting clients that Cisco Provides today.

as you all know, the 6215 was supported long ago with VMware view in basic VDI Mode. but the voice and video issue was related to the VXME support which has added VMware Now. the support for jabber is starting from View 5.1

More information on this available on VMware website here. also on Cisco please check the press release here and also news from phil here

You can also check the 6215 Data Sheet here

so now, I would say enjoy doing video conferences with Cisco Jabber Solution from within VMware View.

VMware View Client Preview Available in the windows store.

VMware has just released a preview of its windows client and made it available in the windows store for all. this version will run and available in the windows RT and Windows 8. some of the feature of this client includes.


  • Touch Pointer Turn on the Touch Pointer for more control of your VM from a tablet. When it is on, you can create a right-click, by touching and holding with one finger, and tapping with another finger to the right of the first finger.
  • Zoom You can zoom the view of your VM to see more detail.
  • Snap You can snap the View Client so that it takes up part of the screen alongside another app. The minimum screen resolution required for the snap feature is 1366X768.



although as of now it only provides RDP and not native PCoIP which i am sure is coming soon in the future


here is the user interface after the user logins to his desktop





White Paper Released: Replacing Default vCenter 5.1 and ESXi 5.1 Certificates

VMware just released a paper outlining as a step by step guide on how to replace the default vCenter and ESXi with version 5.1 to a new secure certificate either using a CA or may be your own certificate server. Certificate checking is enabled by default and help encrypt the traffic if you would like to run the environment via remote sessions. using a trusted certificate you will be able to avoid the middle-man attacks.

the article is available in the following link

ESXi 5.0 Update 2 Just released.

VMware has just released Update 2 for vSphere 5.0 which contains a few minor new features and of course bug fixes to both ESXi 5.0 Update 2 and vCenter Server 5.0 Update 2.

Main New features

Support for additional guest operating systems – This release adds support for Solaris 11, Solaris 11.1 and Mac OS X Server Lion 10.7.5 guest operating systems.

Resolved Issues

  • The time out option does not work when you re-enable the ESXi Shell and SSH
    • If you set a non-zero time out value for SSH & ESXi Shell, the SSH & ESXi Shell gets disabled after reaching the time out value. But, if you re-enable SSH or ESXi Shell without changing the timeout setting, the SSH & ESXi Shell does not timeout.
  • DNS might not get configured on hosts installed using scripts that specifies using DHCP
    • If you install ESXi host using a script that specifies the host to obtain the network settings from DHCP, after booting, the host is not configured with a DNS. The DNS setting is set to manual with no address specified.
  • Reinstallation of ESXi 5.0 does not remove the Datastore label of the local VMFS of an earlier installation
    • Re-installation of ESXi 5.0 with an existing local VMFS volume retains the Datastore label even after the user chooses the overwrite datastore option to overwrite the VMFS volume.


More information is available in the release note here.

ALERT: Upgrading to View Agent 5.1.2 can result in performance issues

VMware has became aware of an issue that is happening in VDI environemnt in manual pools using physical desktops the View Connection Broker will repeatedly attempt to configure the agent which can cause a significant performance impact particularly in large scale environments. . If you do not use VMware View to access Physical Machine based desktops, no workaround is required.

Symptoms may include:

  • In environments with multiple physical machines, significant slowdowns occur and you may see stability issues.
  • When attempting to use the View 5.1.2 Agent on a physical machine, the system slows down.

More Information  is available on the following KB Link 2041977


Support Alert: Please don’t Upgrade your vCenter 5.0 or 5.1 Oracle database Patch 10 or Later.

Today VMware support raised a high alert to customers not to upgrade their vCenter oracle databases to patch 10 or later since it causes some issue with vCenter server specially when creating virtual machines. for example when creating a new virtual machine you get the following error.

An internal error occurred in the vSphere Client.
Details: Object reference not set to an instance of an object

VMware is currently reviewing the issue and there is no available workaround. if you have already upgraded, you will need to revert back to the old oracle binaries and database recovery may be required


More information on  this is available in VMware KB Article 2039874


Keep reviewing the KB for updated information.

Install VMware vCloud Director on a Notebook

This document details installing VCD 5.1 on an i7 8GB Notebook. This is the first draft and will change as feedback comes in from people using it. Feel free to add your feedback in the comments below. This is a small environment to familiarize yourself with the products from VMware. Install VMware vCloud Director on a Notebook

My Take on the synology storage line

I have been using the synology 1512+ storage for about a month now. it has been a great experience so far and the huge functionality and wide disk supports has allowed me to actually be more innovative than before and really faster than before when it comes to deploying new VMs and testing different solutions. the integration and the support for VAAI with the new DSM firmware synology has released has made things a lot like a production environment storage but in a small scale.

the biggest and exciting part was that i was able to provision 100 Desktops in less than an hour time. the CPU and the memory installed on that storage is sufficient enough to handle the needed workload inside a Lab. i wouldn’t hesitate to say even production workloads along side the lab workload.

what matters the most is The ease of configuration on the web interface makes this storage a huge success where it has actually taken me less than 10 Minutes to configure the whole thing and connects it to my ESXi hosts. Personally i would really recommend this storage for my followers to use it in their home labs.

I had a bit of an issue in the beginning when i connected the storage due to some limitation on the switch i connected to but when the switch issue was fixed things went just as great as you would expect the storage to perform.

The cost was quite high may be for me, i guess because of the fact that i couldn’t ship it from outside Saudi Arabia and there was only one distributor that can provide it so their price was inclusive with no competition but it was still reasonable.

More info on the storege model can be found here for your information.

VMware vSphere Replication Videos.

With vSphere replication Now as part of the vSphere leading virtualization solution. it has become a number one choice for customers specially in SMB to configure this to create disaster recovery like solution without automation for their virtual environment. i just saw some blogs post on VMware website with 2 Videos on the solution, please find them below and enjoy watching them because htey explore how easy it is to protect the virtual machines and how to recover it as well.



VMware View storage Accelerator – See the Benefits.

I just had a chance to see a VMware Article here on that was done along side with Pivot3. The graph indcates and  shows the great benefits when View storage accelerator is enabled.

please see the below graph, it is a courtesy of Pivot3.

As mentioned the article,


The timeline shows:

  • Time 12 – 67:  Login storm
  • Time 170-232:  Media player file reads from RAWC pass 1
  • Time 340-405:  Media player file reads from RAWC pass 2

5.0 and 5.1 refer to View version.

Reboot refers to a test run immediately following the desktop boots.  No Reboot is a subsequent test run without rebooting desktops.

CBRC Impact:

  • At the login storm when logins immediately follow the desktop reboots.  This corresponds with Windows loading of executables to transition into a user runtime state.
  • Reads of the large media files from disk.  The first desktop that reads these files causes them to get cached into CBRC.  Then the other desktops get cache hits.

To take advantage of this functionality in vSphere you’ll need VMware View 5.1 and latest service pack.   Configuring the View Storage Accelerator is done through the View Administrator console and is just a one step process when configuring a pool.  The View Storage Accelerator is supported for any vCenter-Managed View Desktops such as manual desktops, automated full clone desktops and automated linked clone desktops.