VMware Horizon Client (PCoIP & Blast)…

VMware Horizon Client (PCoIP & Blast) Connection Workflow

VMware Horizon Client (PCoIP & Blast)…

Since I published the Horizon 7 Network Ports diagram with the latest release of Horizon 7, I’ve been frequently asked about the connection flow between the Horizon Client and the virtual desktop. VMware Horizon supports RDP, PCoIP and now Blast Extreme. I’ll start with PCoIP and then we’ll look at Blast Extreme.


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The Wonders of vSphere

We began to virtualize our Datacenter in 2003. We were struggling with the same problems as so many other companies at that time… The size of our Datacenter.

The Datacenter was about filled. We had problem with cooling and with getting sufficient power. The Datacenter was build for Tower Servers and at some point the Tower Servers was switched with Rack Servers introducing the challenge with getting power and cooling.

The solution…. VMware ESX now evolved to VMware vSphere http://www.vmware.com/products/vsphere.html

We started with virtualizing 35 of our then 150 servers using 4 physical servers. One of the challenges at that time is oddly enough one we sometimes runs into today. If an application doesn’t perform well the answer from the providers is that their software doesn’t perform well because we are running it on VMware. We have over the years used a lot of time trying to prove that the performance problem is not coursed by our Infrastructure but by the different applications. For some Applications we even had to hire external specialists to back up our claim.

Today we are running almost fully virtualized. We have about 500 virtual Servers and about 500 virtual Desktops and that with a smaller Operations Staff than we had in 2003. The only workload not running virtualized is a system that requires Analog phone lines. Everything else is running on vSphere. Not only are we saving a lot of money on power and cooling but we have gained an Infrastructure was is more stable and a lot more flexible that the one we had before. From taking up to a month to deliver a server we can now do it in 15 minutes.

What about the challenge with proving that our Infrastructure is not the course for performance problems? Well once again VMware to the rescue. The solution for us was to begin using Operations. Available as vSphere with Operations or as vRealize Operations you gain full visibility of how the Infrastructure performs and where you have bottlenecks. If a user complains about performance you can quickly determine if you have a problem with the Infrastructure or if it is software related. This makes troubleshooting a lot easier. As an added bonus it makes it easier to estimate the needs for sizing the Hardware in the Datacenter. You can see the required size and performance needs for CPU, Memory and Storage.

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For us the implementation of vSphere and Operations has been a huge success and even with a smaller Operations staff and a lot more servers than then we started we have a Datacenter that is stable and flexible and allow us to quickly respond to the Business demands.

VMware {code} Hackathon @VMworld 2016!

VMware {code} Hackathon @VMworld 2016!

VMware {code} Hackathon @VMworld 2016!

William Lam and Alan Renouf invites you to VMworld {code} Hackathon held during VMworld on August 29 from 6:30pm-10:00pm! We will provide each team with an already configured vSphere 6.0 Update 2 environment which will consist of a vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) and single physical ESXi host running on top of VSAN. Winners will receive this customized VMware lab ready Intel NUC mini PC!


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Building a customised ESXi image for PXE…

Building a customised ESXi image for PXE installation – Blah, Cloud.

Building a customised ESXi image for PXE…

I have recently been working on a larger scale platform for my employer, it requires quick deployments of environments on VSAN with some standardised VIBs added in, initially we were doing this with a standard ESXi ISO install through iDRAC and then installing vCenter, vSphere Update Manager and pushing the VIBs to the hosts via …Read More


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VMworld 2016 U.S. – vExpert Sessions

VMworld 2016 U.S. – vExpert Sessions

VMworld 2016 U.S. – vExpert Sessions

It’s almost VMworld time and this year we are back in Las Vegas. Each year we gather the sessions being presented by the VMware vExperts. The vExperts are the top influencers of the VMware community as well as one of the most respected groups in IT Virtualization.


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vROps Views: Trend Presentation Mode

vROps Views: Trend Presentation Mode

vROps Views: Trend Presentation Mode

By: Kyle Wassink, Blue Medora vROps Views Blog Series There is a lot to love about vROps Views. So much, in fact, that they deserve an entire blog series! This series will cover how to create them, how to reuse them, why they are valuable, and much more. Graphical Views Overview Having covered The post vROps Views: Trend Presentation Mode appeared first on VMware Cloud Management .


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VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast – #364…

VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast – #364 VMware {code} w/Marius Ciortea

VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast – #364…

VMware experts talk about virtualization live every Wednesday at noon CA time; This week’s episode featured VMware {code}’s Marius Ciortea. Listen to the playback today!


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Introducing AirWatch Express for Simplified…

Introducing AirWatch Express for Simplified Mobile Device Management

Introducing AirWatch Express for Simplified…

AirWatch Express is a simple and affordable MDM solution designed to get mobile devices up and running quickly. By removing the complex technical steps, AirWatch Express makes it possible for every business to simply and easily enable mobile productivity for all its workers. Learn more or sign up for a free trial here: http://bit.ly/2at4UCC


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Video’s on how to use vRealize Orchestrator

Video’s on how to use vRealize Orchestrator — Virtual Me

Video’s on how to use vRealize Orchestrator

A few weeks ago I presented on Automation at the Louisville VMUG. During the session I mentioned that using vRealize Orchestrator is really a good skill to learn. It allows you to become the orchestrator of external services. It’s a critical skill going forward. I didn’t want to bore the group by watching […]]> A few weeks ago I presented on Automation at the Louisville VMUG. During the session I mentioned that using vRealize Orchestrator is really a good skill to learn. It allows you to…Read More


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