UK VMUG 2014

By | November 20, 2014

VMware User Group (VMUG) are globally hosted events, created to enable customers and end users to interact with the community through knowledge sharing, training and collaboration.  I’ve attended a couple of the London based VMUGs over the last couple of years’, but haven’t had the opportunity to attend the UK VMUG, held at the National Motorcycle Museum in… Read More »

From the field – View Planner 3.0 Stress testing

By | November 3, 2014

Background VMware View Planner, is a software solution (appliance) which has been around for quite some time, but doesn’t get a great deal of publicity or traction.  Sure if you follow a number of VMware blogs around performance testing of VSAN or reference architecture, View Planner is mentioned.  Basically, it allows you to perform simulated workloads to perform… Read More »

EUC1513 – Stress Testing Your Horizon View System (VMworld 2014 – US)

By | October 17, 2014

Overview (by VMware) Many companies build a VMware View infrastructure, and test it lightly, and then begin putting production users onto it, believing they will catch the system before it hits the limits. The other common scenario is the system is overbuilt to protect it from running out of resources, driving up the cost dramatically. The reality is… Read More »

EUC Group Discussion session notes (VMworld Europe 2014)

By | October 17, 2014

Horizon Technical Overview – Group Discussion App Volumes standalone, not fully integrated to begin with App container. Read only VMDK, using vSphere API call Should plan around IOPS for application stacks Writeable area for app data Filter CV (stands for CloudVolumes?) agent inside virtual machines, less than 1% CPU used on guest OS, based on testing Technical Enablement… Read More »

EUC3605 – CloudVolumes: Simplifying App Delivery (VMworld Europe 2014)

By | October 17, 2014

Session Overview (by VMware) End-users expect a personal desktop (aka persistent desktop) while IT wants a non-persistant world. Join us in this session to learn how VMware is revolutionizing how applications and data can be delivered to virtual desktops with CloudVolumes and VMware Horizon 6. With powerful, yet simple technology, IT can now deliver or upgrade application workloads… Read More »

Group Policy – VDI, Best Practices and Tools

By | October 11, 2014

Refresh Group Policy I hear you mutter?  It’s nothing new on the scene or ground breaking, it’s been around for years, everyone has heard of it and used the technology.  It’s extremely powerful and efficient at what it does though – if designed, implemented and managed correctly, like all technology. Anyway, having recently worked on Group Policy and… Read More »

View Planner 3.0 as VDI Benchmark (VMworld 2013 – TEX5760)

By | October 10, 2014

Benchmarking – Why we care? Understand VDI performance scope Bench marketing and show case solution(s) Drive consistency and predictability around solution Understanding VDI performance scope – its complex Hypervisor Storage VMware View Clients vCenter Which metrics to focus on? IOPS, Read\write latency, bandwidth, CPU usage, % Ready Time, Host CPU\RAM End user experience is critical to measure What… Read More »

On the Horizon – VMworld Europe 2014

By | September 11, 2014

As the dust settles from VMworld US 2014 in San Francisco, the realisation that VMworld Europe in Barcelona is fast approaching like a Japanese bullet train!  As I write this post, it’s around one month away.  After all the excitement and announcements from the event in San Francisco, there’s a wealth of information around VMware’s new technology and… Read More »

Configure Horizon View 6 Cloud Pod Architecture

By | June 20, 2014

Now View 6 has become GA, it’s time to look further into one of the many new features!  One of the features that grabbed my attention, is the Cloud Pod Architecture feature, essentially allowing you to link multiple View Pods over a WAN connection (to another datacentre).  This has always been a limiting factor with large View architecture, essentially… Read More »