Late last night VMware announced the release of the Horizon View 5.2 Feature Pack 1. This maybe something that many of you may not be aware of, so I will try and give you a little more information on what's included in this first Horizon View Feature Pack. This Feature Pack release is in conjunction with the latest Horizon View Client v2.0 release which enables your endpoints for the Unity Touch feature. (Note: Client and Agent installations are required for Unity Touch.)
The two main features that are part of this Feature Pack are below. Click each link to read more about these features.
Some official release notes about this release: Horizon View 5.2 Feature Pack 1 provides the following features and components.
- Remote Experience Agent installer - The Remote Experience Agent installs Feature Pack components on Horizon View desktops, enhancing the remote desktop experience provided by View Agent 5.2. In Feature Pack 1, the installation program installs Unity Touch and the HTML Access Agent on Horizon View desktops. Both components are installed by default when you run the installer.
- HTML Access Agent - HTML Access allows users to connect to virtual desktops from their Web browsers without having to install Horizon View Client software on their client systems. The HTML Access Agent, which runs on Horizon View desktops, is the component that enables users to use HTML Access to connect to their desktops. You must install the Remote Experience Agent with the HTML Access Agent on the desktops that you want to be accessed via HTML Access.
- Unity Touch - Unity Touch enhances the way that mobile client users access a desktop. Instead of trying to manipulate a full desktop image on a small device screen, users can browse between apps and documents in a native mobile user interface without seeing the desktop. The VMware Horizon View Client documents for mobile devices provide more information about end user features provided by Unity Touch.
- HTML Access installer - This installer configures View Connection Server instances to allow users to select HTML Access to connect to desktops. After you run the HTML Access installer, the View Portal displays an HTML Access icon in addition to the View Client icon.
You must run this installer if you want to use HTML Access to connect to desktops in a Horizon View deployment. Running this installer is also required if your users go through Horizon Workspace and select HTML Access to connect to desktops.
Horizon View 5.2 Feature Pack 1 is supported on View Agent 5.2.x and View Connection Server 5.2.x or higher.
For those of you who are looking into a VDI solution for your business, you may want to check a website called:
It offerers a lot of great competitive/comparison information for Horizon View and the other VDI solutions on the market today plus lots of Horizon View technical resources. So if you are not familiar with VMware's EUC solutions, I'd highly recommend heading over to this website and watching some of the great video's they have.
Things have finally calmed down for me since returning from VMware Partner Exchange so I wanted to mention something that I found quite interesting. Whilst I was at the Veeam/HP Tweetup on the Monday evening I had a long chat with a good friend and Veeam employee Rick Vanover. He was telling me about the big news that Veeam had announced which was around providing Backup and Recovery for VMware vCloud.
I'm not a big Cloud guy, for those of you who read my blog or follow me on twitter, you'll know I am predominantly EUC focused within VMware and I generally just let the Cloud float by. But in past discussions with my colleagues that work closely with our vCloud Suite, I know that Backup/Recovery of vCloud servers can be a pain-point for them. So personally I think this is a good move for Veeam and will be well received by many Private and Public Cloud providers.
This functionality won't be available until v7 of Veeam Backup and Recovery which is due to be released in Q3 of 2013. However, by putting their development money where their mouth is, Veeam certainly believe that VMware's vCloud Director is going to be a big player in the future of Cloud solutions.
VMware has just released it's first Reviewers Guide for Horizon Mirage. The Horizon Mirage Reviewer’s Guide is intended for prospective IT administrators of VMware Horizon Mirage, as well as media reviewers of the product.
- What is VMware Horizon Mirage?
- Key features of Horizon Mirage
- Horizon Mirage packaging and licensing
- Horizon Mirage components and architecture
- Horizon Mirage installation and configuration
- Hands-on evaluation exercises
So if you aren't familiar with Horizon Mirage or are keen to see how it can help your business this guide is worth a read.
Document Download: http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/techpaper/vmware-horizon-mirage-reviewers-guide.pdf
I just wanted to bring this to peoples attention.
Registration Now Open: Northwest England VMUG Meeting
Join us for the next Northwest England VMUG meeting taking place on Thursday, 31 January 2013.
Registration is now open and available to all VMUG members. This is a great opportunity to meet with your peers to discuss virtualization trends, best practices, and the latest technology!
- vSphere 5.1 Storage Features and Tech Preview of Storage Futures – Cormac Hogan
- Zerto Presentation – Disaster Recovery
- vSphere Datacenter Availability – Lee Dillworth
- Nimble Storage Presentation
- vNews – Ashley Davies
- Networking and Raffle
- vBeers Following the Meeting
Looks like another great agenda and some great speakers. You can follow the official NW England VMUG Twitter profile for the latest VMUG news.
I've been working with Mirage quite a bit over the past few months and I wanted to share a little tweak that can help speed up Centralization and other network intensive processes.
Disclaimer: As stated in the title of this post, this is great for Test environments. I wouldn't however recommend you configure this on your production environment unless you fully understand the impact of the changes.
Disabling Bandwidth Throttling
By default Mirage enables bandwidth throttling. This can reduce the through-put between your desktops and your Mirage Servers to ensure you don't saturate you WAN connections. However during Testing there is a good chance that all of your desktops are on the same LAN as the Mirage Servers. In which case you may not care if you use all of the bandwidth available, especially if it is going to mean less waiting around.
To disable bandwidth throttling, the following steps need to be made on all desktops.
- Open Notepad using "Run as Administrator"
- Browse to the following file: C:\Program Files\Wanova\Mirage Service\Wanova.Desktop.Service.exe.config
- Find the following entry: <add key="throttleEnabled" value="true">
- Change value="true" to value="false"
- Save the config file
- Restart the Wanova Mirage Desktop Service in the services mmc.
You should now notice an increase in performance.
- Nutanix Plenary Presentation
- Your Journey to the Post-PC Era – Brian Gammage, VMware
- EUC Panel with VDI Gurus – Brian Gammage, VMware (Including Me!)
- Deploying vCD 5.1 and VXLAN – Dan Senior
- Zerto Presentation
- 10Zig Presentation – Thin Client Technology at Its Peak James Broughton
- Big Data for the Uninitiated – Stu Radnidge
- Update – What’s Here and What’s Coming Soon – Spencer Pitts, VMware EUC
- VMware Certification Update – Gregg Robertson
- Mystery Session…
- Networking and Lunch
As usual there will be vBeers afterwards from 17:30…..
Don't forget to Register as you cannot just turn up on the day.
The first ever Yorkshire VMUG is taking place next week!! This is a great opportunity to come together with your fellow VMware users to discuss virtualization trends, best practices, and the latest technology.
- Server Virtualization Solutions and Roadmap- Raj Mistry, HP
- VMware 5.1 Whats New- Dan Watson, VMware
- Building my Home Lab- Andrew McMorris, Communisis
- Join us for vbeers at the Victory Bar
If this is something you are interested in make sure you register beforehand. Register Here
You can also follow the official Yorkshire VMUG twitter account.
VMware currently have A LOT of open positions that are focus around VMware's End User Computing technologies. There are both pre and post sales roles going around the world.
The following link is a search of all of the open positions that are EUC focused. http://jobs.vmware.com
If you can see a role that you are interested in, drop me a email via my Contact Me page and I'll make sure your resume/CV gets to the right people.
VMware View Client version 1.6 and above can be launched by using a URI . So for example if you click the following URI the VMware View Client can be launched automatically logging you into your View desktop. vmware-view://view.mycompany.com/Primary%20Desktop?action=start-session
More information on the VMware View URI Scheme can be found in my previous post: VMware View URI Scheme
One thing that I had noticed was that the application launching wasn't working when using Google Chrome both on my Mac and on Windows whereas Firefox, IE and Safari worked fine. Being able to launch the View Client from Google Chrome is something that I will be using more and more in the future, so I decided I would try and figure out how I can get this to work.
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