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 »

3D Graphics, Horizon View, vDGA, Nvidia – Resources

By | May 6, 2014

Below is a collection of excellent resources for Virtualisation and 3D technology, specifically around Nvidia and Horizon View.  A number of these resources were utilised during a recent 3D project I’ve been working on. PQR Whitepaper 3D-graphics-for-virtual-desktops-smackdown Nvidia Enterprise Virtualization Grid Boards  vDGA  VMware ESXi 5.5 driver Windows 7 64-bit Nvidia driver Nvidia GPU Tech Conference 2014 Video… Read More »

VMware vExpert 2014 Award

By | May 6, 2014

A little late to the party, however I’m delighted to be announce I’ve been awarded and recognised as VMware vExpert for 2014! For those readers who are not familiar with VMware vExpert, here’s an extract from the official pages at VMware. The annual VMware vExpert title is given to individuals who have significantly contributed to the community of… Read More »

Horizon Mirage – Failed to authenticate device

By | February 20, 2014

Background Horizon Mirage has been available for some time now.  Although I’ve been exposed to the capabilities this solution brings, attended a couple of Mirage specific VMworld 2013 sessions and completed the Mirage VMware Hands-On labs, I’m yet to get my hands dirty in my own environment.  The other week, I managed to spend a few days installing,… Read More »

Microsoft Office and VDI – Performance tips

By | February 20, 2014

A couple of months back, during a recent engagement, I was trouble-shooting end user performance problems.  To keep it short and sweet, Microsoft Office (Outlook and Word), were monopolizing the CPU.  The virtual desktop just became unresponsive. Note: Microsoft Office 2013 had been deployed in the parent image. Platform: vSphere 5.1 and Horizon View 5.2 Whilst investigating and… Read More »

VCAP-DTA Section 10 Notes

By | February 11, 2014

Section 10 – Troubleshoot a View Implementation Objective 10.1 – Troubleshoot View Pool creation and administration issues Objective 10.2 – Troubleshoot View administration management framework issues Objective 10.3 – Troubleshoot end user access Objective 10.4 – Troubleshoot network, storage, and vSphere infrastructure related to View  **See View Administration guide p379** Troubleshooting View Components   Troubleshooting KB articles Virtual… Read More »