VMware View 4 announced


Today VMware has View 4 announced.  VMware View 4 is supported on VMware vSphere and has a new protocol named PCoIP (View 3 uses RDP). 


Here’s a list of new and/or improved features:







Quad monitor support  






Support 32-bit color with 1920 x 1200 display resolution and up to 4 monitors simultaneously.Benefit: True multiple displays allow you to “see more and do more” from a full desktop. This provides the ability to reproduce true color images with support for up to 4.2 billion distinct colors per pixel. 



True multi-monitor support on L-shape configuration  






Support 1 landscape display and 1 portrait display (with pivot monitors), variable resolution support, and auto fit to client.Benefit: Each monitor can be of a different size and be set to a different resolution. Auto Display Scaling/Dynamic Resizing helps desktop publishing, financial application, and high-end graphic design needs. 



Guest desktop support Windows Vista and XP OS  






Support for connecting to virtual desktops from Windows XP and Vista. The VMware View 4 PCoIP is a software-to-software implementation. However, it also supports hardware PCoIP hosts such as the Samsung SyncMaster 930ND 19″ monitor and Teradici Tera Portal.



Benefit: Provides scalable support to both software and hardware on the local hosts.





Network characteristics and security  






SSL protection on TCP for session management and AES 128-bit key encryption on UDP for media transfer between host and client system.Benefit: Provides comparable security and encryption found in other protocols. 



Protocol intelligence  






PCoIP protocol provides the intelligence to handle prioritization and quality of services (QOS) for video/mouse/keyboard/sound, etc.Benefit: This greatly helps the user experience by managing bandwidth and content variables. 



WAN performance and optimization  






Operate with up to 250ms of round-trip latency with tolerance on packet loss up to 5%.  


VPN tunneling  






Support Cisco VPN soft client.  


RDP virtual channel compatibility for USB redirection  






Support the comparable list of USB peripherals including biometrics, card readers, webcams, mass storage, flash devices, scanners, etc. The authorization can be done on a per-user/per-group basis to only accept specific devices.  


Flash control support for PCoIP  






PCoIP uses breakthrough graphics compression that is custom built for delivering a user desktop over IP networks. It works in such a way as to support all graphics (full-frame rate 3D for design engineering, video gaming, etc.), and media (HD video, Microsoft video formats, YouTube, Microsoft Silverlight, Google, QuickTime, or Adobe Flash).Benefit: By compressing the display image at the host PC/Server, you avoid application interoperability issues that have plagued thin clients for years and can quickly adapt to physical networks. 



Audio redirection  






New to PCoIP protocol. Redirect audio with dynamic audio quality adjustment on the WAN.  


ClearType font  






Subpixel rendering technology which may help to improve the apperance of text on some computer displays. Newly added to PCoIP protocol  


Full clone pool with thin disk/thin provisioning  






VMware View 4 provides seamless native support for thin provisioning with the vSphere server.Benefit: Helps reduce storage usage and allows more guest desktops per core while still providing high performance. 



Mixed cluster support for backward – forward compatibility  






This new option in View Administrator allows different versions of clusters to be managed via the same UI.  


VWware VMsafe API for better anti-virus optimization and execution  






VMware vSphere supports VMware VMsafe™ API Security virtual machine deployment, sold separately by security vendors, is consistent with desktop deployment. Protects the virtual machine by inspecting virtual components (CPU, Memory, Network and Storage).  


Triple single sign — on (3SSO) for sessions/connections keep-alive  






This setting enables “log in as current user” using Active Directory credentials or smart cards over Remote Desktop Protocol.Benefit: Helps eliminate redundant authentication steps or double PIN entry when using smart cards. 



Tag-based pool access  






Administrators can now assign “tags” to connect server and desktop pools. Tag matching rules can be applied to restrict or grant users access to certain desktops.  


Smart card removal policy  






This policy setting forces desktops to disconnect when users remove their smart card.  


Delete script  






This scripting capability cleanly deletes VMware View desktops and allows extensibility using visual basic scripting.  


VMware View is available in two editions:


Offline desktop and Windows 7 support is experimental. This means it is not ready for production environments! There is a HCL for Thin clients that supports View, click here for the HCL. VMware View will be released and available for download on 19 November 2009.


VMware View 4 product page

– VMware View Datasheet

Register for a 60 day trail when it comes available



Dutch VMware User Group (VMUG) 2009 event


On 11 December 2009 the 5th Dutch VMUG event will be held. It is a technical one day event about virtualization. Last year there were more than 600 visitors.  Here’s a list in my opinion of must see presentations:

– Managing VMware vSphere 4 m.b.v. de Virtualization EcoShell by Eric Sloof – VMUG / ntpro.nl

Project Virtual Reality Check by Ruben Spruijt – VMUG / PQR

Disitributed Virtual Switch Drill Down by Viktor van den Berg – XTG

Ontdek de mogelijkheden van vCenter Lab Manager by Joep Piscaer – VMUG / virtuallifestyle.nl
– Performance Troubleshooting Howto by Bouke Groenescheij – VMUG / Jume.nl
– Wat komt er kijken bij het Design van een Virtual Infrastructure? by Gabrie van Zanten – VMUG / gabesvirtualworld.com
– PowerCLI en de SDK: automatiseer je vSphere omgeving by Luc Dekens – VMUG / lucd.info

To see the whole agenda click here.

The VMUG event  is a great opportunity to expand your knowledge on virtualization. See you on 11 December at the Dutch VMUG event in Nieuwegein! 

To register for the event you must have or create a forum account. For more information visit the VMUG website.



Boot from USB in VMware Workstation

I ‘am testing an unattended installation of VMware ESXi from an USB drive. After every change, I needed to test if the unattended still worked. I tried to use VMware workstation to test the unattended installation. VMware Workstation doesn’t support boot from USB. There is an unofficial solution to fix this problem by using the PLOP boot manager (Download link).  The PLOP Boot Manager is a small program to boot different operating systems. You can boot the operating systems from harddisk, floppy, CD/DVD or from USB.

Steps to boot from USB:

  • Download the BLOP boot manager
  • Add a USB controller to the VM and select Automatically connect new USB devices.


  • Attach the PLOP boot manager image as floppy- or CD image
  • Boot the VM in PLOP
  • Insert the USB stick and select USB


Sometimes the USB device is not detected at once, reboot the VM once more and it should work.

With PLOP it is possible to use USB boot VMware Workstation.

Credits goes to Uli Hankeln from http://sanbarrow.com, thanks for pointing me to this boot manager.