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:


Windows 8 on VMware vSphere ESXi 5 with vSphere 5.0 Update 1

There is already a patch to enable Windows 8 to be installed as a guest on ESXi 5.0 (http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2006859)  but now VMware have released a complete update for the vSphere family.  It’s simply vSphere 5.0 Update 1.

The things that excite me the most are that ESXi officially support Windows 8 and MAC OS X  “Lion” 10.7.3.

I look forward to cranking up the VMware View environment and bringing the guest operating systems right up to date.

Here’s is the official information:

This release provides the following improvements:

VMware ESXi

  • Support for new Intel and AMD processors
  • Adding support for Native Storage Drivers for Intel C600 series chipset and upgrades LSI MegaRAID SAS driver to version 5.34
  • Now supporting Mac OS X Server Lion 10.7.2 and 10.7.3 guest operating systems
  • Numerous bug and security fixes

VMware vCenter

  • Guest Operating System Customization Improvements: vCenter Server adds support for customization of the following guest operating systems
    • Windows 8
    • Ubuntu 11.10
    • Ubuntu 11.04
    • Ubuntu 10.10
    • Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP2
  • Numerous bug and security fixes

VMware vCenter Update Manager

  • Security Update: In Update Manager 5.0 Update 1, the Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 database, the Oracle (Sun) JRE package and the certificate that is provided with Update Manager installation package are updated to address security related issues.
  • Improved Product Usability: Update Manager 5.0 Update 1 provides upgrade release version information, improved maintenance mode impact differentiation, and a warning message that states a snapshot of fault tolerant virtual machines cannot be created during remediation.
  • Improved Product Robustness: In Update Manager 5.0 Update 1, virtual appliance updates and the Update Manager server failure are handled in an improved manner.

VMware View 4.6 is out today!

VMware View 4.6 has now been released.  I’m excited about this as it has some new cool features!  My particular favourites are:

Security server now supports PCoIP.  This is great as having to have two pools of desktops (one for external and one for internal) is not great.  When specifying to use PCoIP from an external source the desktop does not fail back to RDP thus needing a RDP pool and a PCoIP pool.  However now the security server supports PCoIP there’s no need for the old RDP pool!

Enhanced USB device compatibility.  I’m hoping this is going to support uni-directional devices but with the many many different types of USB devices out there so I’m just going have to give things a test.  I have dictation devices to test at the top of my list.

Other enhancements are:

  • Keyboard mapping improvements
  • New timeout setting for SSO users
  • 160 Bug fixes
  • Experimental support for Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 RC operating systems

The release notes can be found here:


The download for VMware View 4.6 can be found here:


Keep track of the VMware Top 25 Bloggers

Those of you less fortunate and don’t have an iPad (including myself!) can keep track of the top 25 (+1 )  via a very useful service I stubbled upon.  It basically aggregates RSS feeds and formats into a nice PDF with 2 columns and you can have it e-mail to your inbox.  I just print it out before I leave and read it on the commute.

All you need is the website link:


….. and you will find a list of the top 25 bloggers RSS feeds attached, as voted by and discussed on the excellent podcast vChat.   http://vsphere-land.com/news/top-vmware-blogger-results.html


I hope you find this useful!

London VMUG September 2009

Yesterday I attended the VMware user group meeting and have recorded the main points of what I learned.

With the new version of the vSphere (ESX) there is an option to buy an optional switch from Cisco. This is a virtual switch which replaces your traditional virtual switches in side vCenter. Here are some of the key advantages. • You will be able to monitor counters and interrogate SNMP between virtual machines. In the past you have not been able to do this as the network traffic will never leave a host. • You only need to setup one ‘port profile’ per vcenter resulting in have only one virtual switch. Now you will not need to worry about having a switch on each host with exactly the same name and port groups. (this function is also available in vSphere and not just a Cisco benefit. VMware’s version is called ‘distributed switches’) • The virtual switch is represented as a virtual machine in your environment and can have a hot standby if it needed to be invoked.

Cisco sponsored the event and spoke about their new product called Unified Computing System or UCS. This is Cisco’s venture into making servers along with EMC which they own a large part of. It sounded very interesting but details were sketchy as it’s not officially released yet. It also seems to be aimed at large companies as they gave example of potential customers buying between 4 – 8 cabinets worth!

The last part worth mentioning was VMware’s new virtual desktop offering after acquiring a company called (some think like) Teradechi. The main part of this new offering is that now the VDI solution has a much richer multimedia experience for end users using a thin client.