Instant VMware View Virtualization How-to eBook available

The “Instant VMware View Virtualization How-to”  is an eBook with practical, step-by-step instructions and explanations for some important and useful tasks based on VMware Horizon View. It is written by Ramesh Geddam and Prasenjit Sarkar.

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The eBook contains the following chapters:

  • Instant VMware View Virtualization How-to
  • Deploying VMware View on Windows 8 (Advanced)
  • Integrating ThinApp with VMware View (Advanced)
  • Using storage acceleration in VMware View (Advanced)
  • Using space-efficient sparse disks (Advanced)
  • Exploring SSO using VMware View (Advanced)
  • Managing replica disks (Advanced)
  • Using vCenter Operations Manager for VMware View (Advanced)
  • Tuning and optimizing PCoIP performance (Advanced)
  • Managing profiles and users (Simple)
  • Implementing USB redirections (Advanced)
  • Implementing ThinPrints (Simple)
  • Using View Client on Android, iOS, and Linux (Advanced)
  • Selecting the best Thin Client devices (Basic)
  • Upgrading View (Basic)
  • Performing Recompose, Refresh, and Rebalance (Advanced)

It it a practical How-to for some basic and advanced VMware Horizon View tasks. The book contains 58 pages and costs €5.94. More information about the eBook can be found here.

Shadow a VMware View desktop session

In VMware View there is no central way shadow a desktop session such as for example in Citrix XenApp. It would be nice if in the future it is possible to shadow a desktop from for example the VMware View Connection server. This is frequently asked question by customers were VMware View is implemented.

Brian Knudtson explain in his blog post  how to access a PCoIP session from the vSphere Console.

The following steps must be taken to shadow a PCoIP session from the vSphere Console by using a GPO:

  • Use VMware vSphere 5 and VMware View 5 or greater (in vSphere 4 there is a registry hack available)
  • For Windows 7 be sure to use Hardware Version 8. For Windows XP or Vista you can use any hardware version 
  • Create a new Group Policy Object (GPO)
  • Add the “pcoip.adm” file to the Computer Configuration. The  ADM file can be found on the VMware View Connection server in the “C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware View\Server\extras\GroupPolicyFiles” folder
  • Enable the “Enable access to PCoIP session from a vSphere console” in the Computer Configuration settings.

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  • Link the GPO to the OU were the VMware View Windows 7 desktop resides
  • Sync Domain Controllers
  • Restart the VMware View desktop

After configuring this, it is possible to shadow a PCoIP session from the vSphere Console. T The user doesn’t need to approve the shadow session so this could be security and privacy issue.  Here’s are screenshot, The left side is the VMware View desktop and the right side is the vSphere client console:

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The keyboard and mouse movements are displayed on the two screens synchronously. I don’t know if it has any performance impact.

VMware View Manager 4.0.1 released

 

VMware View Manager 4.0.1 is released.  This release includes the following new features:

Localization of VMware View

The View Client and online help for View Client are now available in Japanese, French, German, and simplified Chinese. The View Manager Administration Guide, View Manager Release Notes, Getting Started with VMware View document, View Upgrade Guide, and View Architecture Planning Guide are also available in these languages.

VirtualCenter 2.5 Update 6 and ESX 3.5 Update 5 Support

View Manager 4.0.1 includes support for VirtualCenter 2.5 Update 6 and ESX 3.5 Update 5.

Enhancements to the PCoIP Display Protocol

PCoIP now supports the following features:

  • Virtual Printing, which allows end users to use local or network printers from a View desktop without requiring that additional print drivers be installed in the View desktop.
  • Single sign-on support for third party providers such as Sentillion and Imprivata.
  • View Client supports international keyboards when using PCoIP.

For PCoIP-related bug fixes, see the View Client Resolved Issues section.

Important: VMware View 4.0.1 requires VMware vSphere 4 Update 1. VMware View 4.0.1 supports the versions of vSphere and VMware Infrastructure listed in the System Requirements section of the VMware View Manager Administration Guide and VirtualCenter 2.5 Update 6 and ESX 3.5 Update 5.

The full release notes can be found here.