April vNews 2012 now available for download

This months vNews is available at Mike Laverick’s blog hosted by Mike and I.  The storing we cover this week are:

Gabrie Van Zanten – Auto Deploy Adventures
Alan Renouf’s vCDAudit
New Books & Publications
Brian Madden’s VDI Delusion Book & the new CDL License from Microsoft
Chad Sakac and VSI
Andre Leibovici and Windows8/View5.x
Duncan Epping and vShield App “Excludes” and Stretched HA/SRM Designs
Scott Lowe and TrainSignal Videos
Microsoft Virtual Machine Migration Toolkit
Windows Embedded Device Manager
Citrix acquires Podio
VMware ESX code leak
What’s new in View 5.1

See the link below for download options:


VMware View 5.1 announced

VMware View 5.1 announced

Some of the features which stood out for me are the following:

New features and improvements in View 5.1

  • View Storage Accelerator
  • Improved management for large scale
  • Better end-user experience with PCoIP improvements
  • Better USB support for more devices
  • More clients available
  • PcoIP improvements
  • Local mode enhancements

View Storage accelerator details:

Utilities local RAM (between 100mb – 2048mb) for common disk reads.  This increases disk performance at peak times which has shown in test the following results:

  • 80% reduction in peak OPS
  • 45% reduction in average OPS
  • 65% reduction in peak throughput
  • 25% reduction in average throughput


A faster admin console for large scale environments

The ability to report to a syslog server

Additional language support

Improvements to persona Management

New tools to enable the transition from physical to virtual desktop.  It is designed to collect the user information in preparation to switching to a virtual desktop environment.

The ability to pre-populate Active Directory with View machines before creation (composer).

Improvements to 2-factor authentication.

User Experience

USB improvements in the View agent.

The ability to connect:

  • iPhone,
  • blackberry’s,
  • SanDisk cruizer,
  • SpeechMike

More improvements for PCoIP

New clients, Mac client, Linux, iOS and Android.

Custom client download page.

See the full report over at: