Importing Teradici’s Management Appliance

I have downloaded the Teradici management console from their website and tried to import it into my vSphere environment using VMware Converter 3.0.3.  This seems to work fine but when the machine powers on it throws up an error message something like this:

Cannot power On ‘Teradici Servername’ on ESXservername in Datacenter.  File /vmfs/folder/teradiciservername.vmx line 55: Fiel already has an encoding “UTF-8′.   Cannot open configuration file /vmfs/folder/teradiciservername.vmx

It a a simple fix and documented by VMware in the link below.  Here’s the short version!

Using something like putty log on to the ESX host and navigate to the folder containing the VMX file.  Using something like ‘Vi’ edit the VMX file and search a line starting with:  (usually in the 2nd paragraph of the file)

.encoding = “windows-1252”

Delete this line and save and exit the text editor.  Now you should be able to power on the VM.

http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?cmd=displayKC&docType=kc&externalId=1014201&sliceId=1&docTypeID=DT_KB_1_1&dialogID=79814845&stateId=0%200%2089297546

A big thanks to the folk’s at Teradici.  They have been extremely helpful so far with my VMware View project.

VMware View. My View Part 2

I’m new to VMware View but not to vSphere so thought I would explain my finding for other newbies!

I’ve been through the documentation for View and found it helpful when installing the product but after that I struggled to build a real life scenario.

Installing and setting up View in an existing vSphere environment was very straight forward.  I simply installed  Orchestrator on my vSphere Server and then created a new guest VM and install View server.  During the install it asked whether you would like to initialise a new SQL database or use the existing vCenter database.  As this was just a proof of concept I opted for the latter.

The next step was to build a ‘Gold’ image workstation which I already had as a colleague had created a corporate Windows XP image using MDT.  Once that had completed I installed the VMware Tools, the View Agent and once the machine had shut down do the all important snapshot.

Now I logged into VMware View web console, entered my serial number, authorised my vSphere server and set about creating an automated desktop pool using my freshly built workstation.  Once on the ‘Desktop and Pools’ tab I went about adding a new pool.  I chose to use a ‘Automated Desktop Pool’ and a ‘non-persistant’ setting also.  Non-persistant seamed the best option to me as users profiles were backed up upon logging off.  The only other tweak to my configuration was to change the ‘automatic log off time’ when users are disconnected to 120 minutes.  This can  obviously change depending on your environment.  The rest of the wizard is very straight forward with, Virtual machine folder, Resource Pools, Datastores, Quickprep, AD container, Etc.  Once I click the ‘Finish’ button, navigate to the vSphere client and you will see in the events all the activities from the View server such as creating new guest VM’s.

The next piece to this how users connect.  There seem to be two scenarios.

1.  Install a security server, poke holes in the firewall and allow users to connect from home using the web method to serve the XP desktop.  This has it’s problems as it does not support the PCoIP protocol.

2. Connect to the network using a VPN or local users already on the LAN and then use the full View client to serve the XP desktop utilising the full PCoIP protocol and experience.

Having users on the local network is a no brainer.  Just install the View client and away you go.  (Not a great idea to use the web client in this situation).  Use a GPO to control the settings for the client.  I am hope to test the new Samsung NC190 Zero client.  These seem hard to get hold of at the moment but I may just order one and wait for it to arrive.

The second connection method is for remote users.  At the moment there doesn’t seem to be a good method here.  Once the user has connected to the network using a VPN then expecting a user to install the full View client isn’t really feasible.  It would be good if the web client could support the PCoIP protocol in the future so make this remote connection scenario a decent option.

I can’t wait to test the Samsung NC190 or even the bigger screened Samsung NC240!

Any comments or suggestions greatly received!

My View. VMware View 4.0

After listening to Mike Laverick Chinwag podcast http://www.rtfm-ed.co.uk/2010/05/03/chinwag-with-mike-mike-laverick-episode-13/ it inspired me to give it a go.

So there I was reading an e-mail from our Service Delivery Manager asking if anyone had any idea’s for making a ‘Working from home’  project more of a viable option.  With my VMware hat on I immediately thought that VMware View could be a good choice for both working from home and also getting the best out of ageing desktop hardware.

At the moment we already have an environment of 8 ESX host managed by vSphere and it seemed a good idea to leverage what we already have and test View on this kit.  Fortunately I also had a dev server with plenty of local disk storage available.  I steamed ahead and build a test vm and then installed View.  Within less than an hour I had a View server all setup and ready to go.  After creating a fresh desktop vm guest with our standard Windows XP build and then adding the VMware tools and View client I was ready for action!

A colleague of mine has spent about 9 months building a new corporate desktop image with all the application required installed.  This has been a very lengthy project with many many builds and a lot of testing but he has finally produced this ‘gold’ image.  Now exhausted he has been asked to do the same but with Windows Server 2003 as a Citrix presentation server.  (oh no! Not another nine months and users already used to the new system and demanding that they can be able to use the same new image remotely).  Well…. after this story I thought that we already have a perfect desktop image to use and with a little bit of help from VMware View we can utilise this image now saving many man hours.

Yes… It’s defiantly worth a go of the 60 day trial.  It’s a simple and easy to use system (so far!)  And after the evaluation my even fit your business needs!  I’ll keep you posted on how I get on!