So here’s an ask I’ve had for well over a year, which i duly neglected until the mind of the brilliant Sean Massey decided to send me a PM on the vExpert EUC slack channel.
VMware Horizon’s API has been published for well over a year at this point over on code.vmware.com but there’s two challenges with this API in my humble opinion:
A: it’s WAAAAY too developer orientated for a regular PowerShell consumer*
B: while it’s a fully fledged API it seems a bit shortsighted to only document how to use it from Powershell given that the full API is documented.
* oh don’t have such a high opinion of yourself, everyone complained, i have the emails to prove it!
I had attempted this a few times before, but my usual source of help, Remko was too busy to help me or I duly hit a problem and inevitably toddled off to do something else. Not this time! and with no Remko help! *pats self on the back*
The VMware Unified Access Gateway really is a wonderful device. With a quick deployment of an OVF you’re up and running with free remote access to your VMware Horizon environment. The device is so simple in fact, that it’s often a case of set and forget, it does the hard work freeing you up to do more important things.
A request came in from a customer last year to be able to view more about what this little magic appliance is doing, how healthy it is and how many users it is currently servicing.
For VMware vRealize Operations for Horizon customers, this data is all available directly in the VROPS portal, but what if you don’t have VMware vRealize Operations for Horizon? or want to query this in an automated fashion?
So VMware Horizon 6.2 was announced at VMworld just a week ago and the one feature I sorely wanted to see was automated provisioning (golden image management) of a Microsoft Remote Desktop Services farm.
The provisioning process is fairly straight forward, so in this blog post I’ll walk you through the steps to avoid any issues.
Download the Agent, Connection Server and Composer software.
Upgrade your Connection Servers to 6.2.
Upgrade your Security Servers to 6.2 (remember you’ll need to repair with the connection servers).
two years ago at an E2EVC event, the concept behind ThinIO was born with just a mad scientist idea amongst peers.
If you are lucky enough to be attending E2EVC this weekend, David and I will be there presenting ThinIO and maybe, just maybe there will be an announcement. Our session is on Saturday at 15:30 so pop by, you won’t be disappointed.
Back on topic:
So here’s a really interesting blog post. Remote Desktop Services (XenApp / XenDesktop hosted shared) or whatever you like to call it. RDS really presents a fun caching platform for us, as it allows us to deal with a much higher IO volume and achieve deeper savings.
We’ve really tested the heck out of this platform for how we perform on Microsoft RDS, Horizon View RDS integration and Citrix XenSplitPersonality with Machine Creation Services.
The figures we are sharing today are based on the following configuration and load test:
Citrix XenDesktop 7.6
Windows Server 2012 r2
Citrix User Profile Manager.
16gb of Ram.
LoginVSI 4.1 medium workload 1 hour test.
VMFS 5 volume.
Diving straight in, lets start by looking at the volume of savings across three cache types.
As we draw ever closer to ThinIO’s big day, I thought I’d put a blog post together talking about the RAM caching, statistics, facts and figures we’ve baked into version 1 to deliver some really kick ass performance improvements with even the smallest of allocations of cache per VM.
Test, test, review and tune. Rinse and repeat!
We’ve spent months load testing, tuning, fixing and retesting ThinIO. And for the first time we’re going to start talking about the dramatic results ThinIO can have on storage scalability and user perceived performance.
During our extensive testing cycles, we’ve covered:
• Horizon View
• Citrix XenDesktop
• Microsoft RDS
We’ve been seeing very similar, if not identical results when testing against pools on the following storage types too:
• XenServer SR
• Microsoft Clustered Shared Volumes