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...]

VMware View 5.1.x Now Compatible with vSphere 5.1!

I wrote an article a couple of weeks ago about the incompatibility of VMware View 5.1 and vSphere 5.1, but mentioned a forthcoming patch based on an update to VMware knowledge base article 2035268 (http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2035268) that I saw through a RSS subscription to the article.  Good news as of last night - that patch is now available for download, making vSphere 5.1 compatible with View 5.1.  I am a bit surprised that the patch, ESXi510-201210401-BG, applies to ESXi 5.1 instead of View 5.1.  I would expect that the older View 5.1 (released in May 2012) would need to be patched to work … [Read more...]

VMware Press Review Team

I follow VMware Press on Facebook.  Their status update post this morning caught my attention.  VMware Press is starting the 'VMware Press Product Review Team' - a group of qualified book reviewers who will read and publish reviews of VMware Press titles (blogs, Amazon, BN.com).  Reviewers will be given up to three free eBooks from VMware Press in exchange for an honest review of the book.  The first book for review will be the forthcoming VMware View 5: Building a Successful Virtual Desktop by Paul O'Doherty. While there has been some noise lately around the number of paid reviews on sites … [Read more...]

VMworld Europe News and Announcements

I wanted to let you all know about some announcements that have come out at VMworld Europe over the past couple days.  These announcements help round out some of the new products and features announced at VMworld 2012 in San Francisco.  These new and updated features are a big deal for customers who want to take a wholistic approach to deploying and managing a hybrid cloud across different service providers.  If you're thinking about upgrading your vSphere license to a vCloud Suite license (you have until December 15th to claim the free upgrade to the vCloud Suite Standard Edition, along with … [Read more...]

Microsoft KB2661254 and VMware

Microsoft today is pushing an update to Windows via Windows Updates that increases the bit length requirements for RSA certificates.  With this update, Microsoft is requiring RSA certificates to have a key length of 1024 bits.  Some applications do not yet use a 1024 or greater key length and could be impacted by this updated.  Some examples: Internal Microsoft Certificate Authority servers that were built with a less than 1024 key will not start after the update – this will make certification validation for internally generated certs fail (could impact Outlook Web Access, vCenter … [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...]

VMware View Android Client Updated

The VMware View Client for Android was updated to version 1.6.0 on September 25th.  The new version brings several enhancements, including: Support for Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Integrated RSA soft token for easier login URI schema using vmware-view:// for easier setup.  This will allow administrators to send a link directly to View Connection or Security Servers.  When a user clicks the URI, the  View Client will automatically connect to the defined View server. Client-side caching for reduced bandwidth.  This will cache same pixels locally on the device resulting in reduced … [Read more...]

New VMUG Advantage Benefit: Free VMworld Online Content Access!

The VMUG Advantage subscription is an awesome benefit for members of the VMware User Group, and just got more awesomer with the addition of a new benefit - full access to all of the VMworld content, including breakout session recordings and slide decks, labs, and general sessions.  Normally a VMworld.com subscription for online access to content is $699.  The VMUG Advantage subscription is only $200 (or less if you got the 15% discount codes from yesterday's Potomac Regional VMUG in Washington DC), and VMworld content is free with the VMUG Advantage subscription. The VMworld session benefit … [Read more...]

Free VMware View Load Balancer Using SUSE Studio and HAProxy

I've had several customers ask me what options they have for providing redundancy / high availability / load balancing for their VMware View Connection Servers and Security Servers.  VMware View does not provide its own load balancing functionality.  Many are smaller customers without any existing load balancers in place, or want something they can use during a View pilot or Proof of Concept engagement.  Administrators who find themselves in a similar situation have a few choices for providing high availability for View servers: Buy a load balancer - F5, A10, Cisco ACE.  Expensive, … [Read more...]