Wednesday, August 27, 2014

VMware World 2014 SFO Day 2 What's New!

If you have not read about what was on Day 1 check out here.  There ain't much announcement on solutions here on the second day.  There are quite a lot of announcements on EUC space and that you can read it here.  There are also mentions of CloudVolumes which was recently acquired by VMware just last week, a few partnership with Google and nVidia on Chromebooks and Horizon DaaS which lightly further expansion from the acquisition done on Desktone.

Also VMware has joined as a Gold Partner in the Open Compute Project as reported by AMAX.

With VMware been the first partner of SAP with AirWatch and SAP Mobile Secure into the mobility space on security and experience stated here.

On vCloud Air, there is on demand which was previously mentioned and as well as vCloud Air  Object Storage offering.  Check out all the new announcement by Bill Fathers.

To sum it all, the second focus much on the EUC and mostly partnership betwee day 1 and 2.  If you are expecting some new launches e.g. vSphere, you will be disappointed as if you are part of or heard of the vSphere Beta program, you will know it is still in beta and lightly would only be ready next year.

Let's now wait for the VMworld 2014 Barcelona and see what's new to of it will be announced.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

VMware World 2014 SFO Day 1 What's New!

With VMware World 2014 at San Francisco there are so many great news and one of them is VMware EVO:RAIL.  A hardware appliance that comes in 2U and have up to 4 nodes and expandable to 4 appliance.  Read this article.  Also in a tech preview is EVO:RACK which you can read more about it here.

You might have thought, is VMware selling hardware?  Nope you will purchase from VMware partners and not from VMware.  This is build from bottom up tuned to fit vSphere with vCenter LogInsight and Virtual SAN.

You can take a look at the interface of how VMware EVO:RAIL interface looks like here.

Next the vRealize Suite which was announced which comprises of vCloud Automation Center, vCenter Operations Management Suite and IT Business Management which available for outside the vCloud Suite customers or non VMware customers who need a comprehensive Cloud Management Platform (CMP).

This also add to vRealize Air with beta sign up.  This enables customer on to experience vRealize as a SaaS with automation and management through vRealize with service catalog, policies and governance assignments and lifecycle management.

A container adoption with Docker, Pivotal and Google for the public and private cloud and even hybrid cloud environment.  Where applications on a common platform can be scale easily.  This will run on vCloud Air as well can be deploy via vCloud Automation Center.  Read more here.

Also the announcement of Openstack open source cloud framework support.  This comprises the use of vSphere for compute, NSX for network and vSphere Storage (for now is Virtual SAN) for storage and vCloud Automation Center with vCenter Operations Management Suite for the automation and management piece together with Open IAAS APIs to build a VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO).

With a rebranding of vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS) to vCloud Air.  With beta offering for Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand where you can sign up here.

The new bundling of VMware Workspace Suite which includes Workspace Portal, Horizon 6 Enterprise, AirWatch Secure Content Locker Collaboration (SCL) and AirWatch Enterprise Mobility Management.  The VMware Workspace Suite contains AirWatch Yellow Enterprise Mobility Management which you can find out what is the different between the colours edition here.  Licensing for Workspace Management Suite will be by per named user licensing with up to 3 devices applicable for the AirWatch Management Suite.

With more partners with NSX integrations and more Hybrid Cloud partnering with Application services from Dockers and Pivotal, there are just more to come on Day 2...

Update 27th Aug 2014
- Container Adoption with Docker, Pivotal and Google

Update 30th Aug 2014
- Added Workspace Suite detail on AirWatch Enterprise Mobility Management
- Licensing on Workspace Suite

Friday, August 22, 2014

Virtual SAN Sizing Tool Available!

With the days getting nearer to VMworld 2014, there are so much news from VMware.  First the acquisition of CloudVolume announced on 20th August 2014, now the release of the Virtual SAN (VSAN) Sizing Tool which everyone is having a great effort trying to find one or build one.

Check out the release article on this and read about its limitation or requirement at the moment supported.

You will be able to access the tool here.

Just to note this is an initial release, so there might be one or two bugs you might encounter.  Do help by providing feedback by clicking on the feedback icon so we can have better tool by refine it further.

Bugs found on 22nd Aug
Initial test, the host count always stay at 14 irregardless of the parameters given.
Issue has been resolved on 22nd Aug.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

VMUG Singapore 27th August 2014

If you are like me grounded in Singapore and have no opportunity to attend the VMworld in San Francisco or Barcelona, no worries!  VMUG Singapore with sponsorship from PureStorage, is going to bring all the announcements made in San Francisco back to Singapore right after the second day key notes.

The details of the event can be view here.  If you are able to attend, please register so we can estimate the crowd.  Whether you can arrive on time or after its fine, just come join us!  Register yourself so you can be updated of future VMUG Singapore events too!

Also join our Facebook Group VMUG ASEAN.

Details of the event is as follows:

Date: Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Location: RedWorks 71 Robinson Road #07-01 Singapore 068895

See you guys there!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Microsoft Lync 2013 with Horizon View 6

There are all the articles available and most of them are on Horizon View 5.2 with Lync 2013.  However these are still valid there is nothing changes.  One great article which I refer to when doing my Proof of Concept (POC) with my customer is here.  The document that the article refers to is a must read and its pretty clear.  But some confusion that came to my mind when doing so here are some of questions you might have.

On the endpoint, it has to be a physical machine running Windows which can be 32 bit or 64 bit.  The LyncVDI plugin needs to be the same bit level as the Office (where Lync is usually installed with) or the Standalone Lync that is installed in the virtual desktop.

Note: Do not install Lync Client on the end points where Lync VDI plugin is installed.  And no USB redirection should be done for the camera or audio device which will be used by Lync for video and audio.

On the end point, you will need three things:
  1. Horizon View Client
  2. MS Lync VDI 2013 Plugin
  3. Registry entry
I have provided all those for easy download as below:
Microsoft Lync VDI 2013 Plugin (32 bit)
Microsoft Lync VDI 2013 Plugin (64 bit)
Horizon View Clients

Save the below file with a .reg extension and run on all your Windows Machine that will access the virtual desktops to create the entries.  Change the Internal and External server name (Microsoft does not reocmmend using IP address) of the Lync Server that you are connecting to.

Registry file=================================
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00



On the Virtual Desktop, install Lync Client and make sure Horizon View Agent is also installed.  Login to the Lync client making sure it does connect in the first place as a test.  If you have not configured the email setting, lightly you will need to manually enter your internal and external server name.  Note: You can have no External Server that is fine.

Next is to test out the plugin.  Once you are connected using View Client to the virtual desktop, you will login to your Lync Client.  You will encounter a second prompt to login below:
Here you will need to provide your Active Directory (AD) credential.

Note: In my customer environment, their email domain and AD domain are not the same so when entering credential make sure you enter the right credential.

Once that is login successfully you will see the bottom status bar of Lync client.
The left icon indicate the audio device connected successfully.  The right icon indicate the connection with the Lync VDI plugin.


I enter the below status although my Lync VDI plugin was connected successfully.
You can see the left icon indicate an alert.  Clicking on it will indicate any alerts e.g. audio device not available/disabled.

If you try to connect a video call with this alert still on, the Lync Client will crash immediately.  If you view a person profile picture it does the same thing.

In my scenario, the audio device was disabled on my end point, enabling the icon immediately refreshes to normal while my View session is still connected.

In summary, the Lync VDI plugin is not that difficult to setup.  The good thing is any changes related to Lync on the end point device while connected to the View session, gets updated on the Lync Client.  The bad side of this, if any issues, the Lync only response is by crashing completely leaving you no option to figure out what is wrong.

Hope this helps for those trying to setup Lync 2013 on Horizon View.

Update 27th Oct 2015
If you are using Horizon View on physical desktop meaning using View agent and setting up a manual pool, you might hit some issue with Lync Plugin.  refer to this KB to rectify this.

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