PCoIP Packet Loss? Don’t Blame the Network!

Several months ago I was called into a new customer to diagnose some odd behavior in their VMware View environment. The organization was struggling with constant disconnects and generally poor performance on their View desktops. When users weren’t being randomly disconnected from their desktops, the users experienced lag when dragging windows between multiple monitors, ‘choppy’ graphics/video, and slow application launching. The problems occurred with local and remote users (both WAN and LAN could be involved).  The customer had done some troubleshooting, worked with VMware Support and the … [Read more...]

Conccurrent User Licensing for VMware Horizon Suite

VMware has made some changes to the Horizon Suite licensing since my last post about VMware’s Horizon Suite licensing and promotions.  The changes are included in the VMware End-User Computing Licensing, Pricing and Packaging Whitepaper, but are not well called out.  Here’s what you need to know about the licensing changes. Horizon Suite (a combination of Horizon View for virtual desktops, Horizon Mirage for physical desktop management, and Horizon Workspace for application and data presentation and management) is now available in a Concurrent User scheme.  Previously, the Suite was only … [Read more...]

EMC Elect Shirts!

I've said it before, and I'll say it again - it's awesome working for an awesome company that supports the greater EMC, VMware and Cisco communities.  The inaugural class of EMC Elect are finding the custom shirts that Clearpath had made for them at EMC World.  The shirts are just one of our ways of saying thanks to the EMC Elect for their contributions to the EMC community.  If you are one of the EMC Elect, make sure you stop by the Bloggers area at EMC World to pick up your custom shirt! … [Read more...]

EMC DataDomain DDOS 5.3 Released

The Clearpath team is attending EMC's EMCworld event in Las Vegas this week.  EMC is announcing new products and solutions, and we'll be covering those announcements in a series of posts on the Clearpath Blog.   If you're not already following Clearpath, feel free to subscribe to our RSS feed or fill out the form for email updates on our site.  The first update of the week is from Ted Evans, our Baltimore area pre-sales technical consultant.  Ted writes about EMC's DataDomain OS upgrade (DDOS) to version 5.3.  5.3 includes a host of improvements that will improve backup performance using … [Read more...]

Optimize Microsoft Office and Outlook in VDI Environments

I've been working on a VMware View Optimization and Best Practices whitepaper for Clearpath.  The document isn't quite ready for publication yet, but I wanted to share a section that I've been working on as I've had several people ask me about this topic recently.  This section is dealing with deploying Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Outlook in particular in VMware View VDI environments.  Stay tuned for the full document.  In the meantime, I hope this bit is helpful to you. Microsoft Office in View Desktops Microsoft Office, including Outlook, can be deployed as a ThinApp to View … [Read more...]

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PSA: Less Than 1 Month Until Free VMware vCloud Suite Offer Expires

A friendly public service announcement: VMware announced at VMworld 2012 in San Francisco that any customer with vSphere Enterprise Plus licensing under a current Support & Subscription (SnS) agreement as of August 27th would receive a free upgrade to the new vCloud Suite Standard Edition.  The free upgrade offer is only available through December 15, 2012.  The vCloud Suite Standard Edition includes vSphere Enterprise Plus, VMware vCloud Director, vCloud Connector and vCloud Networking & Security Standard (formerly known as vShield Edge and vShield App).  There's some other great … [Read more...]

Webcast: VMworld 2012 Recap: What’s New from VMware

Update: If you missed the webcast, you can watch the recorded session playback here: https://clearpathevents.webex.com/clearpathevents/lsr.php?AT=pb&SP=EC&rID=5836487&rKey=29a86bf8d53cdfc8 The presentation is available on Sliderocket if you want to skip through the presentation quickly without listening to my goofy voice: Webcast: VMworld 2012 Recap: What's New from VMware Tuesday, October 2, 10-11 am Eastern In keeping current with the latest news from VMware, Clearpath's team followed all of the breaking developments at VMworld 2012 to observe and report on all the … [Read more...]

What You Didn’t Know You Needed To Know Before Implementing VMware View

I had the privilege of presenting at the Potomac Regional VMware User Group (VMUG) conference yesterday and at the inaugural Boston VMUG last week.  The Potomac Regional event was a combination of Washington DC, Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Federal VMUG’s.  Clearpath participated in both the Potomac and Boston events as a gold sponsor.  My session was entitled, “What You Didn’t Know You Needed To Know Before Implementing VMware View”. My session provided attendees with an overview of how VMware View integrates with existing infrastructures, Windows images, applications, and processes.  … [Read more...]