I am not a VMware View expert by any means, I have deployed it in small environments but I really havent spent a lot of time with it. Knowing that is an area that I need to spend some time on and considering that much of the world still needs to get on View, I try to spend some time keeping up with whats happening with View.
Recently fellow vExperts Barry Coombs and Mike Laverick published their book on View. You may remember Mike from his 4.5 View book from the past. This book is a treat and I say this because it sort of became a fun project not just for the two of them but for some in the whole vExpert community. Some of us got an opportunity to review the book and from what I read, I must say it re-ignited my interest in the world of View. More details can be found here.
Btw, the authors have also made the Thin App Factory and Horizon Application Manager chapters available for free. Hopefully, this would give you some insight on what to expect from the book. If you decide to purchase the book, all royalties will be donated to UNICEF. The book is currently available in a PDF format and there are plans for a hard copy to be made available soon. You can place your order here.
My friend Manlio is having a great giveaway on his blog virtualaleph.blogspot.com. What is it? Two free lucky winners will be given the awesome Trainsignal’s “VMware View 5 Essentials Training” DVD Package. I think these series of training videos are excellent for anyone who is a View admin or is interested in becoming one. What do you have to do to win? Go ahead and find out here. Hurry up the contest ends on March 16th 2012.
This morning I woke up to 43 notifications only to dig up the sweet message about Fusion 4, Workstation 8, View 5 and SRM 5 now being GA. So you can now head over to VMware’s website and download the evals to checkout the new toys. Of course Fusion 4 has some very cool features to offer like drag and drop to install — yeah the MAC way. Enough have been said about View 5 and I wanted to clarify that View 5 licenses will not put you under a vRAM enitilement as long as the vCenter its connected to and the host itself doesnt hold a server load. Lastly, the big thing for SRM 5 for me has been the automated failback. These are just a few highlights of these great tools and I am sure you will learn to hate and love them with time. In the mean time, head over to VMware and take them for a spin.
More good news from VMware. Apart from the vRAM entitlements that have been increased, VMware has ensured that existing VDI customer are not left out in the woods. I think the original model didn’t include existing VDI customers. But all that has changed.
We already know that for VDI in vSphere 5, you can either use the vSphere 5 licenses along with the vRAM limits or utilize the vSphere Desktop packages (based on powered on VMs) with unlimited vRAM. Todays announcement adds another good news which is if your vSphere 4.x license was purchased prior to September 30th 2011 for desktop virtualization purposes, you are entitled to unlimited vRAM.
customers with spare vSphere licenses from past purchases can use it to host a VDI environment. Customers who purchased licenses for vSphere 4.x (or previous versions) prior to September 30, 2011 to host desktop virtualization, and hold current SnS agreements, may upgrade to vSphere 5.0 while retaining access to unlimited vRAM entitlement.
So if you run a 3rd party VDI solution, you can upgrade without the vRAM caps as well. And if the 3rd party VDI solution does not support vSphere 5 yet, you can always downgrade to vSphere 4 until your VDI solution is supported on vSphere 5. This is of course for folks who want to buy more licenses before the sept 30th deadline (3rd qtr sales ). If you are new to VDI, then you would probably purchase vSphere 5 Desktop with unlimited vRAM.
However there a few a things to keep in mind:
- vSphere 5 Desktop and upgrades for vSphere 4.x (with unlimited vRAM) can only be used for VDI environments only. You cannot run non-VDI servers on these hosts.
vSphere Desktop can be used only to host a desktop virtualization environment or desktop management and monitoring tools. You can use vSphere Desktop for desktop management and monitoring tools in a VDI environment only.
- Your VDI environment should be on a separate vCenter instance than the one running the server load.
like VMware View Deployments on vSphere 4.x you will need a separate vCenter server for your VDI hosts.
I think for all those who have been upset due to licensing changes for the past few weeks, this change must be a nice gesture from a company that could have just kept quite.
Seriously this is my last post about licensing.
After the successful launch of the vSphere and View client for the iPad, VMware today announced the View client for the Android Market. As of now it is only there for Android tablets, so if you are an Android tablet owner you may now download the View client from the Android Market. I am almost a little upset as I will not be able to personally try it as I happen to be on Apple’s side in the tablet world (for now).
More details of the View client are available here along with a demo video. So if you own Android tablet and have a View environment to connect to, I suggest you take this for a spin. Enjoy!