Horizon View 6 PCoIP – Tune, Limited Bandwidth

By | May 5, 2015

Back in February, I was engaged for a couple of days, to help a customer pilot the PCoIP protocol using Horizon with View 6, with the primary driver to deliver multimedia and video across WAN links.  This post provides a summary of my findings including tools, tweaks, tips and resources I used. Typically, whilst this is an excellent… Read More »

PCoIP Sizing and What’s New – VMworld 2013 & 2014

By | May 5, 2015

Here are my notes from both of these sessions from VMworld 2013 and 2014. VMworld 2013 – PCoIP: Sizing for Success PCoIP is a ‘bursty’ real-time protocol Easily affected by poor networking conditions Network congestion High latency Packet loss End to end QoS\CoS Out of order packets (asymmetric routing) Burstable WAN’s – i.e. 10MB burstable to 30MB.  Only… Read More »

vRealize Operations for Horizon View 6 – Quick Setup Guide

By | March 3, 2015

The following post outlines the high level steps to configure this solution.  This is a quick setup guide only, which will point you in the right direction.  As always, refer to the official docs for detailed step by step instructions. I will assume you already have vRealize Operations Manager up and running.  If you are unfamiliar with the vRealize… Read More »

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 »