VMware Horizon Mirage 4.0 Reviewer’s Guide

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.

Content Includes:

  • 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

Northwest England VMUG – Thursday, 31st January 2013

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!

Meeting Agenda

  • 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.

VMware Mirage: Speed Up Centralization In Your Test Environments

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.

  1. Open Notepad using "Run as Administrator"
  2. Browse to the following file: C:\Program Files\Wanova\Mirage Service\Wanova.Desktop.Service.exe.config
  3. Find the following entry: <add key="throttleEnabled" value="true">
  4. Change value="true" to value="false"
  5. Save the config file
  6. Restart the Wanova Mirage Desktop Service in the services mmc.

You should now notice an increase in performance.

Automating iTunes Podcasts into SONOS

This isn't my usual type of post, but I thought it might be something that could come in handy for a lot of people so I've decided to share it with you.

I'm a big big fan of SONOS, I currently have two PLAY:3's and I'm sure that will increase over time. I am also a Premium Spotify user which is great as SONOS and Spotfy work really well together and I'm able to access all my Spotify playlist via the SONOS Controllers. However, there is one area where Spotify lets me down and that is Podcasts. I'm a big Podcast fan, I like to listen to them through-out the day in my home office whilst I am working. Up until now, I've been manually downloading the Podcast MP3's onto a NAS device and linking the file share with SONOS to be able to play them. It's a little too much manual effort for my liking. So I started to look into ways to make my life easier.

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London VMUG – 24th Jan 2013


From 10am…..

  • 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. 

Yorkshire VMUG – Tuesday, December 11, 2012

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. 

Session Highlights

  • 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.

Interested in an End User Computing Job At VMware??

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. 

Launching The VMware View Client With Google Chrome Using A URI Link

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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VMware View Client URI Scheme

VMware View Client version 1.6 and above can be launched by using a URI  Hyperlink. So for example if you click the following URI the VMware View Client can be launched automatically logging you in to your View desktop. vmware-view://view.mycompany.com/Primary%20Desktop?action=start-session

Note: All the information in this post can be found in the following document: http://www.vmware.com/pdf/view-client-mac-document.pdf

VMware View Client URI Scheme

This is the URI syntax for the VMware View client: vmware-view://[authority-part][/path-part][?query-part]

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VMware vSphere 5.1 is now supported with VMware View 5.1 and above

In an earlier post I mentioned that vSphere 5.1 is not compatible with any versions of VMware View. Well I am please to you inform you all that today VMware have released an express patch for ESXi (ESXi510-201210001) which fixes an issue that caused the incompatibility issue. 

The official VMware KB with details on how to get this latest patch can be found here: http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2035268