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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

 

 

Enjoy.

 



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

 



VMware Project AppShift – Video

This Video is part of VMWorld  Sanfransisco 2012 talking about some new concepts VMware calls User interface virtualization. talking to my customers this present a huge use case specially when it comes using tablets in health care since it will make the medical windows applications alot user friendly on tablet devices.

the project is being called AppShift. but this is a project name so we want know the product name until it actually releases.

enjoy watching the video.

 



Microsoft Lync 2013 & 2010 Support For VMware View 5

Thinking about Desktop virtualization is not only about keeping your desktops only secure in the datacenter but rather how much similar experience can you provide to the end-user that looks like the PC the user is using now. adding to that, You need to be able to provide a better experience with the number of devices that the user can use to access their coroporate desktops and get access to the data that they need to stay competitive and on the go.

The long term vision and the relaizion of VMware toward providing this experience to the end-user, unified communication support has started to spin out in the market to provide more similar end-user experiences of the PC’s to the VDI technology. for that VMware, has announced recently that they are working with Microsoft as a technology partner to bring support for Microsoft Lync for the VMware View desktops. The combination of VDI with Unified Communications leads to increased productivity, mobility and flexibility for employees, customers and partners alike. Customers will be able to communicate and collaborate with the Lync 2013 client, using rich voice and video features, all from within the VMware View desktop.

The combination of VMware View with Microsoft Lync helps to allow users the freedom to work, communicate and collaborate from their virtual desktop across a variety of devices and locations. It helps employees be more productive because they have full access to their business desktop and communications platforms, whether they are in the office, travelling or at home.

 

VMware Didn’t stop their they have jointly announced with Microsoft that VMware View will be as part of supported solutions as part of client virtualization solutions. Microsoft has now clearly mentioned that in their white paper here.

 

Customers can deploy Microsoft Lync 2010 on VMware View infrastructure with confidence, knowing that the solution will be fully supported.  With Microsoft Lync 2010 and VMware View, users will have access to features such as presence, instant messaging, application sharing, online meetings, and sharing whiteboards and PowerPoint presentations.  Other features such as VoIP calling are only available when a Lync client is paired with a USB desktop IP Phone.  A complete list of features supported with Microsoft Lync 2010 and VMware View 5.0 can be found in the Microsoft Lync 2010 Client Virtualization whitepaper.

 

Happy Virtualizing your desktops with Microsoft Lync Support.

 

 



The New IBM SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure (SDI) Reference Architecture with VMware View Desktop Virtualization

In this post i am discussing the recent announcement by IBM for VMware View reference architecture which has surprisingly amazed me in term of how hard they worked and the aspects of design and test cases they used. it looks to me like as of 2012 the technology for the virtual desktop is apparently getting very hot in the market unlike what some analyst have anticipated. in my case, it is been a while where the only thing i am doing is explaining to the customers about the value of VMware EUC vision and products and i see for myself the excitement in people faces about adopting the technology. i should thank VMware for View 5 as well View 5.1 for the tremendous job and features done by their engineering team to achieve this high level of a quality and competitiveness.

with the feature sets provided VMware has changed the game in term of:

1- Computing Resources required to host the virtual desktop infrastrucuture.

2- Storage resources requirement where host caching has changed the game on how the storage should be designed for virtual desktops.

3- Networking resources requirement on the user consumption.

I dont speak on behalf of VMware but in my opinion these are the things that customer are really concerned about when developing a strategy for their end users. they want to be able to.

a. Minimize Capex requirement: this is achieved by the leading vSphere platform and the VM Density offered, Host Caching which minimize the requirement for the storage structure and hugely minimize I/O and finally Network requirement in term of  bandwidth consumption for each user session.

 

b. Manageability ease: easy to use management interface that allow customer’s administrator, to easily provision, upgrade or manage the whole environment with a single management interface.

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New VMware Lab Fling – View Controlled Recompose Script

This script performs a Controlled Recompose of a VMware View Linked Clone Pool of Virtual Desktops. It first identifies a free desktop and recomposes it to create the first Replica Desktop.

Note: If this first recompostion fails the script aborts assuming the creation of the Replica VM also failed.

After the recomposition of the first desktop, the script recomposes a specified number of additional free desktops to create a supply of recomposed systems. These desktops will be available for re-connecting users when the script next recomposes the remaining desktops in the pool, directing View to force logoff active users after the warning period specified in View Manager. An optional extra recompose can be run against the pool as the final step to provide a second attempt to recompose any desktops that may have failed.

During operation the script will abort after a specified number of timed out recompositions in a row (default 3). It will also immediately abort if it detects a View Composer error. The script can be configured to send Email Alerts to notify Administrators of both failed and successful script operations.

The script runs by default in interactive mode, prompting for required settings. It can also be run in unattended mode to support scheduled, automated maintenance.

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Accelerate VMware View over WAN with Riverbed

one of the most common questions that i get from my customer about View using UDP as per my previous blog post that how do we accelerate PCoIP and increase or even extra optimize the performance in VMware View. The Answer to this is actually very simple. in my case, the way people think about optimizing the traffic is all about TCP and you can never use WAN Optimizer for UDP traffic because one of the main advantages of WAN optimizers is that it caches acknowledgement which is the case when using TCP protocol.

keep in mind that with View 5.1, the optimization has gone so far that the customers are really happy with the performance they are getting out of the box after the installation. i have done default settings, no changes no optimization and the results were just as amazing. weather over WAN inside the enterprise or even 3G Connections in different rooms and roaming around the enterprise building.

what they didn’t know is that specifically for PCoIP, VMware has partnered with multiple companies to do WAN optimization for PCoIP Protocol. today my discussion is about how Riverbed does it.

so when using Riverbed WAN optimization for PCoIP the architecture we will get with is from Riverbed themselves is as follows.

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View 5.1, How Good Desktop virtualizationTurned out to be.

With the new release of VMware View 5.1 in the market, VMware is again changing the way the game is actually being played in the desktop virtualization market not only in term of how things actually operate but also in term of complexity and management when it comes to talk about the virtualized desktop platform. how much can customer scale in this regard and how can they go oward the desktop virtualization journey to all their end users.

 

before starting into that, I just wold like to highlight one note that is, VMware has created the vision last year for something we are all aware of, something that everybody is talking about. even last summer i recall Apple CEO Tim Cook talking about the same concept which is the post PC-Era. we are all seeing the fight in the market and we are all seeing how tablets are actually starting to evolve in our files replacing our  use of laptop or desktops at home in so many ways. frankly speaking sometimes i get this claim that i am running a virgin store shop due to the number of tablet and smart devices that i actually hold or use @ home :)

As of now, we are seeing the execution and evolution of the VMware vision into some enhancement in products, some new products evolving for end-user management in all prospective. so the plan for VMware is to bring your consumer world or I would rather say act & attitude to your office location and use it the same way.

this may a very long introduction to what the blog post is all about so let us have the time to discuss about the enhancement of the desktop virualization product that VMware has surprised the world with.

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Why UDP is better than TCP in VDI environment

It is been a usual discussion with my customer when talking about virtual desktop opportunity stating that VMware View uses UDP protocol in PCoIP for the user desktop. the argument is that UDP is not a reliable protocol like TCP that is used by default in other desktop virtualization products in the market. well, it takes a very easy explanation to convince the customers that UDP is the protocol that should be used for desktop virtualization, before i start explaining the reasons i would like you to take a minute to show 2 diagrams of how TCP and UDP works.

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