What's New in VMware Workstation Technology Preview 2014

VMware Workstation Technology Preview 2014

Updated! The VMware Workstation team is excited to announce the VMware Workstation Technology Preview – July 2014 release! This is an update to the Technology Preview May 2014 release with numerous bug fixing and feature optimization, we would like to keep hearing your feedback on those changes.

What’s New

New OS Support – To popularity of Windows 8 is still growing especially after the Windows 8.1 release. We have been running the Windows 8.1 Update 1 since the date it was released and continuing to improve our support for it. We would appreciate your comments and suggestions for making it easier to run the latest Windows 8 / 8.1 versions in a virtual machine. Of course we are running the latest Ubuntu, Fedora, RHEL, OpenSUSE and other Linux distros as well and we would appreciate your feedback on their performance too.

VMware Hardware Version 11 – This Technology Preview introduces hardware Version 11. Hardware versions introduce new virtual hardware functionality and new features while enabling VMware to run legacy operating systems in our virtual machines.
CPU enablement – While this Technology Preview still supports creating and running virtual machines with up to 16 virtual CPUs, we extended the support of the latest generation of CPUs. The microarchitectures of both Intel Haswell and AMD Jaguar are fully supported, and those of Intel Broadwell and AMD Steamroller have been made to be compatible. We are interested in the feedback of creating and running virtual machines on those latest CPUs.

Virtual xHCI controller – virtual xHCI controller was added in virtual hardware version 8 and it conforms to version 0.96 of the Intel xHCI specification. In this version of virtual hardware, we updated it to be compliant with the latest version 1.0 of the specification. Better compatibility and performance of USB 3.0 devices is expected, we would love to see the results with your USB devices.

Dedicated graphics memory for guest operating system – In order to make our customers be able to precisely control the memory allocation when there are multiple virtual machines up running, the new virtual hardware version makes the guest video memory backed by their own dedicated chunk, which could be allocated / configured by the user.

Graphics memory configuration – For those virtual machines with virtual hardware version 11, you can adjust the maximum graphics memory on a per virtual machine basis. Go to Virtual Machine Settings -> Hardware -> Display, you can see the graphics memory dropdown and make adjustment there. This allows user to gain better graphics performance if the host has large physical memory and the work being performed in the VM requires big graphics memory. In this latest Technology Preview release, the default Graphics memory is also updated base on the Guest OS you installed, in order to provide the best graphics performance.

Windows 8 Unity mode improvements – When you run a Windows 8 / 8.1 virtual machine on a Windows 8 / 8.1 host in Unity mode, the user experience has been improved especially when you try to go to the Start screen of the host or navigate to the Start screen of the guest.

Boot virtual machine with EFI – As an alternative of BIOS, EFI is supported by more and more operating systems including Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1 and many Linux distros. This Technology Preview version allows you to create and boot the guest operating system with EFI. In Technology Preview July 2014, user can choose booting with EFI during the VM creation instead of making the change after the VM creation. Select Custom (advanced) wizard when create new VM and follow the steps to select EFI instead of BIOS.

Experimental performance tuning for VM suspend and resume – In this Technology Preview release, you can enable an experimental performance tuning specifically improve the VM suspend and resume time consumption. To enable the feature, add the following lines to the VMX and ensure the VM is set to Hardware Version 11.
mainMem.save.vmem=”FALSE”
checkpoint.compressDumper=”TRUE”
This performance improvement applies to both encrypted VM and non-encrypted VM. In our in-house testing, suspend and resume are improved up to 20% and 60% respectively. We highly recommend you to try this feature and leave your feedback.

General stability, application compatibility and usability

Checkout more at https://communities.vmware.com/docs/DOC-26695

Download https://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/workstation/vmware-workstation-technology-preview-2014

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Citrix StoreFront Web GUI Assistant

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How is XenApp 7.5 different from previous XenApp versions

The XenApp move to the FlexCast Management Architecture (FMA) brings conceptual and terminology shifts. This topic explains how to think about XenApp 6 entities and terminology in a XenApp 7 world.

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For simplicity, “XenApp 7” in this topic is meant to include any current releases such as XenApp 7.5 and “XenApp 6” is meant to include any point release such as XenApp 6.5.

Although they are not exact equivalents, the following table helps map XenApp 6 functional elements to XenApp 7:

Instead of this in XenApp 6 Think of this in XenApp 7
Independent Management Architecture (IMA) FlexCast Management Architecture (FMA)
Farm Delivery Site
Worker Group Session Machine CatalogDelivery Group
Worker Virtual Delivery AgentServer OS MachineDesktop OS Machine
Zone and Data Collector Delivery Controller
Delivery Services Console Citrix Studio and Citrix Director
Publishing applications Delivering applications
Data store Database
Load Evaluator Load Management Policy
Administrator Delegated AdministratorRoleScope

FlexCast Management Architecture

The FlexCast Management Architecture (FMA) is a service-oriented architecture that allows interoperability and management modularity across Citrix technologies. FMA provides a platform for application delivery, mobility, services, flexible provisioning, and cloud management.

FMA replaces the Independent Management Architecture (IMA) used in XenApp 6.

Elements in the new architecture

Delivery Sites
Farms were the top level objects in XenApp 6. In XenApp 7, the Delivery Site is the highest level item. Sites offer applications and desktops to groups of users.
FMA requires that you must be in a domain to deploy a site. For example, to install the servers, your account must have local administrator privileges and be a Domain Administrator in the Active Directory.
Session Machine Catalogs and Delivery Groups
Machines hosting applications in XenApp 6 belonged to Worker Groups for efficient management of the applications and server software. Administrators could manage all machines in a Worker Group as a single unit for their application management and load balancing needs. Folders were used to organize applications and machines.
In XenApp 7 you use a combination of Session Machine Catalogs and Delivery Groups to manage machines, load balancing, and hosted applications or desktops.
A Session Machine Catalog is a collection of machines that are configured and managed alike. A machine (whether virtual or physical) belongs to only one catalog. The same applications or desktops are available on all machines of the catalog.
Delivery Groups are designed to deliver applications and desktops to users. A Delivery Group can contain machines from multiple machine catalogs, and a single machine catalog can contribute machines to multiple Delivery Groups. However, one machine can belong to only one Delivery Group. You can manage the software running on machines through the catalogs they belong to. Manage user access to applications through the Delivery Groups.
Virtual Delivery Agents
The Virtual Delivery Agent (VDA) enables connections to applications and desktops. The VDA is installed on the machine that runs the applications or virtual desktops for the user. It enables the machines to register with Delivery Controllers and manage the High Definition eXperience (HDX) connection to a user device.
In XenApp 6, worker machines in Worker Groups ran applications for the user and communicated with data collectors. In XenApp 7, the VDA communicates with Delivery Controllers that manage the user connections.
The VDA installs on:

  • Server OS machines – machines running a Windows Server operating system
  • Desktop OS machines – runs a Windows desktop operating system
Delivery Controllers
In XenApp 6 there was a zone master responsible for user connection requests and communication with hypervisors. In XenApp 7 connection requests are distributed and handled by the Controllers in the site.
XenApp 6 zones provided a way to aggregate servers and replicate data across WAN connections. Although zones have no exact equivalent in XenApp 7, you can provide users with applications that cross WANs and locations. You can design Delivery Sites for a specific geographical location or datacenter, and then allow your users access to multiple Delivery Sites. App Orchestration with XenApp 7 provides capabilities for managing multiple sites in multiple geographies.
Citrix Studio and Citrix Director
Use the Studio console to configure your environments and provide users with access to applications and desktops. Studio replaces the Delivery Services Console in XenApp 6.
Administrators use Director to monitor the environment, shadow user devices, and troubleshoot IT issues.
Delivering applications
XenApp 6 used the Publish Application wizard to prepare applications and deliver them to users. In XenApp 7, you use Studio to create and add applications to make them available to users who are included in a Delivery Group. Using Studio, you first configure a site, create and specify machine catalogs, and then create Delivery Groups within those machine catalogs. The Delivery Groups determine which users have access to the applications you deliver.
Database
XenApp 7 does not use the IMA data store for configuration information. It uses a Microsoft SQL Server database to store configuration and session information.
Load Management Policy
In XenApp 6, load evaluators use predefined measurements to determine the load on a machine. User connections can be matched to the machines with less load.
In XenApp 7, use load management policies for balancing load across machines.
Delegated Administrators
In XenApp 6, you created custom administrators and assigned them permissions based on folders and objects. In XenApp 7, custom administrators are based on role and scope pairs. A role represents a job function and has defined permissions associated with it to allow delegation. A scope represents a collection of objects. Built-in administrator roles have specific permissions sets, such as help desk, applications, hosting, and catalog. For example, help desk administrators can work only with individual users on specified sites, while full administrators can monitor the entire deployment and resolve system-wide IT issues.
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RVTools 3.6 has been released

What’s new in RVTools 3.6

  • New tabpage with cluster information
  • New tabpage with multipath information
  • On vInfo tabpage new fields HA Isolation response and HA restart priority
  • On vInfo tabpage new fields Cluster affinity rule information
  • On vInfo tabpage new fields connection state and suspend time
  • On vInfo tabpage new field The vSphere HA protection state for a virtual machine (DAS Protection)
  • On vInfo tabpage new field quest state.
  • On vCPU tabpage new fields Hot Add and Hot Remove information
  • On vCPU tabpage cpu/socket/cores information adapted
  • On vHost tabpage new fields VMotion support and storage VMotion support
  • On vMemory tabpage new field Hot Add
  • On vNetwork tabpage new field VM folder.
  • On vSC_VMK tabpage new field MTU
  • RVToolsSendMail: you can now also set the mail subject
  • Fixed a datastore bug for ESX version 3.5
  • Fixed a vmFolder bug when started from the commandline
  • Improved documentation for the commandline options

RVTools

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RVTools is a windows .NET 2.0 application which uses the VI SDK to display information about your virtual machines and ESX hosts. Interacting with VirtualCenter 2.5, ESX Server 3.5, ESX Server 3i, VirtualCenter 4.x, ESX Server 4.x, VirtualCenter 5.0, VirtualCenter Appliance, ESX Server 5.0, VirtualCenter 5.1, ESX Server 5.1, VirtualCenter 5.5, ESX Server 5.5. RVTools is able to list information about VMs, CPU, Memory, Disks, Partitions, Network, Floppy drives, CD drives, Snapshots, VMware tools, Resource pools, Clusters, ESX hosts, HBAs, Nics, Switches, Ports, Distributed Switches, Distributed Ports, Service consoles, VM Kernels, Datastores, Multipath info and health checks. With RVTools you can disconnect the cd-rom or floppy drives from the virtual machines and RVTools is able to update the VMware Tools installed inside each virtual machine to the latest version

The utility is available as a Freeware – Download it here.

 

 

 

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VMware vSphere Mobile Watchlist

VMware vSphere Mobile Watchlist allows you to monitor the virtual machines you care about in your vSphere infrastructure remotely on your phone. Discover diagnostic information about any alerts on your VMs using VMware Knowledge Base Articles and the web. Remediate problems from your phone by using power operations or delegate the problem to someone on your team back at the datacenter.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: A VMware vSphere installation (5.0 and above) is required to use VMware vSphere Mobile Watchlist. Access to your vSphere infrastructure may need a secure access method like VPN. Contact your IT department for further assistance.

FEATURES:

  • EASILY CREATE VM WATCHLISTS
    Select a subset of VMs from your VMware vSphere VM inventory to tell the app what VMs to track. Use multiple lists to organize these important VMs.
  • VMS AT A GLANCE
    Review the status of these VMs from your device including: their state, health, console and related objects.
  • SUGGESTED KB ARTICLES
    Got an alert on your VM? Let VMware vSphere Mobile Watchlist suggest what KB Articles might help you or search the web to gather more information.
  • REMEDIATE REMOTELY
    Use power operations to remediate many situations remotely from your device.
  • DELEGATE TO YOUR TEAM
    For those situations where you are not able to fix an issue from the device, VMware vSphere Mobile Watchlist will enable you to share the VM and alert information along with any suggested KB articles and other web pages relevant to the current problem. Your colleagues back in the datacenter can use this context to resolve the issue.

 

  

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THIN CLIENT Transformer

Transformer is an additional module to Norskale’s VUEM solution.

From the VUEM central console, Transformer instantaneously converts any PC into a thin client, with top performances, kiosk modes and full reversibility to a classic PC. We support all the following current technologies:

1. Microsoft RDS and RemoteFx
2. Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop
3. VMware View
4. Any SBC platform really…

Your users will now only see a simple and customizable Kiosk interface and any access to the underlying Windows OS is disabled. The entire environment is tightly locked down and secure, since it only lets your users launch their virtual or hosted desktops and/or any published or locally installed applications you would find appropriate.

Learn more @ Norskale.com
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Rencontres des Virtualisations et du Cloud 2012 Mardi 23 octobre 2012 à Paris

Rencontres des Virtualisations et du Cloud 2012 avec Brian Madden, Jeroen van de Kamp et Sébastien Goasguen !
Mardi 23 octobre 2012

Infralys organise pour la cinquième fois les rencontres des virtualisations et du cloud. Cet évènement est destiné à regrouper la communauté française des virtualisations et du cloud : virtualisation du système d’exploitation, virtualisation du poste de travail, Infrastructure as a Service, etc. autour d’experts du domaine.

Agenda

18h00 : Accueil

18h30 : Introduction -Â Vincent Branger – infralys

18h45 : Best practices for eliminating cloud lock-in par Sébastien Goasguen (présentation en français)
Sébastien est un expert français sur le IaaS et vient d’intégrer Citrix pour participer aux évènements communautaires autour d’Apache CloudStack. Cette présentation restera donc indépendante et présentera les bonnes pratiques à mettre en œuvre pour ne pas rester verrouillé chez un fournisseur de Cloud.

19h30 : Virtual Reality Check : les derniers résultats par Jeroen van de Kamp (présentation en anglais)
Jeroen van de Kamp, pour la première fois à Paris, présentera ses derniers résultats du projet Virtual Reality Check. Il présentera notamment les premiers résultats concernant Windows 8 virtualisé et Windows 2012 Server avec Remote Desktop Services Virtualization Host (VDI) et Remote Desktop Services Session Host (TS)

20h15 : The Future of the Enterprise Desktop par Brian Madden
(présentation en anglais)
Brian, lors de cette présentation, donnera sa vision du futur poste de travail de l’entreprise en prenant en compte notamment les problématiques de consummérisation.

21h00 : Cocktail

Emplacement

Maison des Associations de Solidarité
10/18 rue des Terres au curé 75013 PARIS

Transports en commun :
Métro : Olympiades / Porte d’Ivry – Tram : T3 Porte d’Ivry – Bus 62 : Château des rentiers – Bus 64 : Patay / Tolbiac

Voiture :
Parking Vinci / 96 Boulevard Masséna – 75013 Paris

Incriptions : http://rdv.infralys.com/

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Quatrièmes Rencontres des Virtualisations 2011 avec Brian Madden, Benny Tritsch, Shawn Bass et Rick Dehlinger ! Mardi 18 octobre 2011 A Paris

Infralys organise les quatrièmes rencontres des virtualisations. Cet évènement est destiné à regrouper la communauté française des virtualisations : virtualisation applicative, virtualisation de session, virtualisation du système d’exploitation, virtualisation du poste de travail, etc. autour d’experts du domaine.

Ces quatrièmes rencontres se dérouleront le mardi 18 octobre 2011 à 18 heures et accueilleront trois sessions techniques présentées par des consultants reconnus de la communauté.

Agenda

18h00. : Accueil

18h30 : Introduction – Vincent Branger – infralys

18h45 : Remoting Desktop Protocols par Benny Tritsch et Shawn Bass (présentation en anglais)
Shawn et Benny présenteront sous forme de vidéos comparatives leurs résultats de tests de performance sur les protocoles de déport d’affichage suivants : HDX, PCoIP, RDP, RemoteFX et EOP. Ils vous expliqueront dans le détail les écarts obtenus et l’impact sur l’expérience utilisateur.

19h30 : Design for Change par Rick Dehlinger, (présentation en anglais)
Pour la première fois à Paris, présentera un de ses sujets de prédilection : comment concevoir une architecture adaptée pour le changement c’est-à-dire pour garantir évolutivité, agilité et élasticité. Un must pour tout architecte !

20h15 : IT consumerization par Brian Madden (présentation en anglais)
Brian, lors de cette présentation, va expliquer le concept de consummérisation de l’informatique et comment le gérer. Le principe est que les utilisateurs veulent faire leur propre choix en lieu et place de l’équipe informatique ! L’exemple le plus parlant aujourd’hui est le principe du BYOC : Bring Your Own Computer mais aussi l’arrivée des Ipads ou autres tablettes dans l’entreprise.

21h : Cocktail

Emplacement
L’emplacement sera précisé prochainement.

Inscriptions et renseignements :

Le soutien d’App-DNA, Citrix, Appsense, Atlantis Computing, Thinprint, Wyse et Miel permet à cet évènement d’être gratuit !

Inscriptions : ICI

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XenDesktop 5 Tutorial

This video provides everything you need to install and configure XenDesktop 5. Here are just a few of the sections included in this tutorial: Installing the XD Controller and Virtual Desktop Agent Building and updating the Master Image using Machine Creation Service Evaluating HDX Technologies.

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