VMware View: Microsoft Lync 2013 Support = Yes Sir!

I've posted this up for those of you who may have missed this announcement yesterday.

In many of my VMware View projects customers have asked for Microsoft Lync support. Up until View has been unable to support Lync and for a lot of customers this has caused pain. However, yesterday VMware announced that VMware is working closely with Microsoft to bring support for Microsoft Lync 2013 to VMware View desktops!!

You can read the full announcement here: http://blogs.vmware.com/euc/2012/07/microsoft-lync-2013-support-with-vmware-view-desktops.html

From a VMware EUC perspective, this is a big win. As I said before, customers want to use VMware View, but have often been restricted by this limitation…..Not for much longer!

VMware View: Recompose fails to recompose the whole pool

Problem
I've seen this issue a lot with customers. The customers wants to Recompose an entire pool to a new snapshot, so they set off a "Recompose at LogOff" task to make the recompose happen as users log-off of their desktops. However, quite often none of the desktops in the pool get recomposed. Every time I've seen this issue, the customers have their desktop pools to "Refresh On Logoff"

Cause
The Refresh on logoff task supersedes a scheduled Recompose task. When you log off, the recompose task for that virtual machine is discarded.

Fix
Change the pool "Refresh On Logoff" setting to Never before scheduling a "Recompose At Logoff" task. (Remember to re-enable "Refresh On Logoff" after the pools has been successfully recomposed.)

London VMUG – Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Agenda 

From 10am…..

  • Centrix Software Presentation 
  • Fusion-IO Presentation
  • Whiptail Presentation
  • EMC Labs Throughout the Day
  • Lee Dilworth – VMware Availability Update: vSphere Replication, Stretched Clusters and BCDR 
  • Darren Woollard and Gregg Robertson – vSphere Nerdknobs 
  • Chris Evans – The Storage Architect's View 
  • Chris Gale – Fusion-IO More Desktops. More Virtual Machines. More Data-Intensive Applications. Faster. Cheaper. Simpler.
  • Matt Northam and Simon Hansford – Government Can Run vCloud, How Skyscape Did It 
  • Martyn Storey – VMware NDA Roadmap Session  PLEASE NOTE:  Entrance to the NDA session is strictly dependent upon the following criteria: Signed, personal NDA; Photo ID and proof of where you work; not working for a vendor, partner, or competitor 

As usual there will be vBeers afterwards from 17:30…..

Don't forget to Register as you cannot just turn up on the day. Hopefully I will be making an appearance.

VMware Mobile Secure Desktop Bootcamp

Guys, don't miss out on the free VMware Mobile Secure Desktop Bootcamp Series. The content below are taken from: http://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/desktop/view/msdbootcamp

The VMware View Mobile Secure Desktop is a pre-tested and fully validated solution that provides end users with contextually aware, policy-driven access to virtual desktops across devices and locations.

 

In this 12 part bootcamp we will show you how to get started and how to successfully roll out and deploy virtual desktops and applications and infrastructure to securely support mobile users. We will have sessions covering everything from design considerations to location based printing and implementing high-performance, policy driven access through vShield and leading security technologies.

 

We will also touch on VMware’s new vCOPs for View and how you can take advantage of Radius for two factor authentication. At the end of this bootcamp, you should have a good understanding of the VMware View Mobile Secure Desktop Solution, how to roll it out and how to optimize View in your environment.

 

The bootcamp begins Monday, July 16th. A new bootcamp video will be released each subsequent morning. Be sure to also check for related blog postings along the way!

 

We are also providing a free e-book of all the presentations included in this bootcamp series–so be sure to register today .

 

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Repurpose Old PC’s For VMware View

Do you have old PC's that still function fine but have been replaced by the "3 year" hardware refresh? If you do, why not repurpose then and use them as VMware View Clients.

There is now a free linux based solution available which can be configured online via web interface. Take a look at this webbased View Client ISO creator – TinyCore Builder for VMware View (http://repurpose.vmwarecloud.at)

  • Create ISO
  • Burn ISO
  • Boot from ISO
  • Boot it via PXE

If you want to boot from USB, try success using UNetbootin (http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/), to convert ISO images to USB.

VOTE For our VMworld 2012 Session – 2354

Just a quick post about a session that myself and my colleague Rasmus Jensen have proposed for VMworld this year.

The session is title: VMware View – Getting it right

Over the past few years Rasmus and I have worked on many View environments and designs. We've seen the sh!t hit the fan through simple mistakes, we've seen common mistakes happen over and over with different customers. 

So we decided to put together all of the "lessons learnt" both by us and also by our customers into a presentation for you, so you don't have to feel the pain others before you have felt. This is a must attend presentation for people out there who are looking to implement View. We guarantee you'll thank us for it.

Another session I am personally really interested is a session titled: Bring Your Desktop To Your Mobile – Bringing EUC To The User (2335)

Teaser: Let's bring EUC to the user by allowing the user to access secure VMware View sessions on their own devices eliminating the need for organizations to manage the thin client devices.

Really looking forward to this session.

Get voting people.

Goodbye VMware PSO – Hello VMware EUC Global CoE!

Now that yesterdays VMware EUC announcement hysteria has subsided, I thought this would be a good time to make my own VMware EUC announcement. (For those of you who were under a rock yesterday, here is my favorite post talking about What's new in View 5.1 (Beyond Marketing).

After nearly two years of delivering customer projects with VMware Profesional Services (PSO), I have been given the opportunity to join VMware's EUC Global Center of Excellence (CoE). This is a move I am really excited about.

So what will I be doing?

From my understanding, I will be working closely with VMware's EUC products, both old and new. Testing out our new products, creating IP and enabling the field. So there should be plenty of lab time, which is never a bad thing. I will also have the opportunity to provide feedback about our products directly to the engineering teams. Another large part of the role is to present at VMWorld, PEX and other conferences and seminars.

If you are not aware of VMware's EUC product suite/vision, take a look at the following video.

Pretty cool stuff hey?!?

I am hoping that this move will also give me more time to blog, to help get more material out there for you guys. And it will also mean less travel, Happy Days!

I have a couple of months left to finish off my currently View project, then I will be moving over on July the 1st.

Cannot wait!!

London VMUG – Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Agenda 

From 10am…..

  • Using vShield to Drive Efficiency and Costs Savings – Stephen Porter, Trend Micro
  • Desktop Transformation with Liquidware Labs – Dan Falconer, Liquidware Labs
  • Tintri Presentation
  • VMTurbo Labs
  • The vCenter Appliance – Hugo PhanVMware
  • Climb the Stack and Pimp your Cloud with VMware vFabric – Peter Holditch, VMware
  • Flexpod: The Flexible Converged Infrastructure – Chris Kranz
  • Help, My VDI Project is Hell! – Julian Wood
  • Management and Orch’n – What, Why & How – Steve Bryen
  • The vMarket – Skills in Demand for the Next Five Years – Neil Mills
  • Over to You: Design Me a Highly Available Virtualised Infrastructure – Darren Woollard
  • Writing VMware Apps for Novice Programmers – Ricky El-Qasem

As usual there will be vBeers afterwards from 17:30…..

Don't forget to Register as you cannot just turn up on the day. Hopefully I will be making an appearance.

NorthWest England VMUG – Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

I just wanted to bring this to peoples attention. 

Registration Now Open: Northwest England VMUG Meeting 
Join us for the inaugural Northwest England VMUG meeting taking place on Wednesday, May 2, 2012. 
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

  • 13:30 Registration
  • 13:50 Introduction to VMUG
  • 14:00 IBM Presentation
  • 15:00 Refreshment Break
  • 15:20 EMC Presentation
  • 16:20 VNews
  • 16:50 Questions and Wrap-Up
  • 17:00 vBeers at Printworks Manchester following the meeting

Looks like a great agenda for their first VMUG. You can follow the official NW England VMUG Twitter profile for the latest VMUG news.

VMware Configuration Maximums – Not Targets

minefieldSomething I've noticed a lot work creating designs for customers is the customer focusing on vSphere Configuration Maximums and the aim to reach those maximums. This concerns me a lot when I hear this and also the regularity that I hear this.

VMware Configuration Maximum's are values that have been tested by VMware QA to verify that the product will function correctly.
 
Yes, this can mean that VMware's software may continue to function adequately above the maximums. However because this has not been tested, VMware cannot be certain it will function correctly and therefor will probably not support your business should you encounter issues.
 
Another thing to bare in mind is that these Configuration Maximum's are just that, they are the maximum you should go, they are the "Do not cross" or "trespassers maybe prosecuted". Configuration Maximums are not something for your business to aim for. Reaching a maximum does not mean you will get the best performance from your environment, although I'm sure some CFO's would disagree with me.
 
Conclusion
 
When designing your VMware vSphere/View/vCloud environment aim to stay well within the maximums, this will allow for unexpected growth without the need to make dramatic changes to your design. As a rule of thumb, where possible, allow for a 10% buffer between your environment maximums and the VMware Configuration Maximums, this will allow for administrative errors.
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