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Friday, 22 September 2017

Monthly Patch Program for VMware vCenter Server Appliance Photon OS

VMware is now introducing a new Monthly Security Patch Program for the VCSA. The program will deliver important OS vulnerability patches on a monthly release cycle. VMware will monitor and fix any newly discovered OS vulnerabilities.

To know more refer these links:-
https://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2017/09/monthly-security-patch-program-vcenter-server-appliance-vcsa.html
https://blogs.vmware.com/security/2017/09/security-patches-vmware-vcenter-server-appliance-photon-os.html
https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-vSphere/6.5/rn/vcenter-server-appliance-photonos-security-patches.html

Horizon Client Version 4.6 for Windows

Yesterday on 21st September 2017 VMware released new version of Horizon Client for Windows. This latest version has some new key features listed below:-

  • Support for pre-launched applications
    A Horizon 7 administrator can configure a published application so that an application session is launched before you open the published application in Horizon Client. When a published application is pre-launched, the application opens more quickly in Horizon Client. This feature requires Horizon 7 version 7.2 or later on the server.
  • Support for server-created Start menu shortcuts for remote desktops and published applications
    A Horizon 7 administrator can configure Start menu shortcuts for remote desktops and published applications. If you are entitled to remote desktops or published applications that have shortcuts, Horizon Client places the shortcuts in the Start menu on your local system when you connect to the server. This feature requires Horizon 7 version 7.3 or later on the server.
  • HTML5 multimedia redirection with Chrome
    A Horizon 7 administrator can configure the HTML5 Multimedia Redirection feature to redirect HTML5 multimedia content from a remote desktop to your local system when you use the Chrome browser. Because your local system plays the HTML5 multimedia content, you have a better audio and video experience. The HTML5 Multimedia Redirection feature is enabled by default in Horizon Client during installation. A Horizon 7 administrator must enable HTML5 Multimedia Redirection in the remote desktop during Horizon Agent installation. Horizon Agent 7.3 is required.
  • New command-line properties for the Horizon Client for Windows installer
    The following command-line properties have been added to the Horizon Client for Windows installer:
    • INSTALL_HTML5MMR - specifies whether to install HTML5 Multimedia Redirection support.
    • REMOVE - specifies the features not to install.
    • STARTMENU_SHORTCUT - specifies whether to create a Start menu shortcut for Horizon Client on your local system.
  • Support for UNC paths with client drive redirection
    You can now use the client drive redirection feature to redirect mapped drives that have UNC (Universal Naming Convention) paths.
  • USB redirection support in nested mode
    The USB redirection feature is now supported when you use Horizon Client in nested mode.
  • SHA-256 support
    Horizon Client has been updated to support the SHA-256 cryptographic hash algorithm.
  • OpenSSL 1.0.2l support
    The OpenSSL library is updated to version openssl-1.0.2l.
For more info refer:-
https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-Horizon-Client-for-Windows/4.6/rn/horizon-client-windows-46-release-notes.html

Select Specific Monitors in a Multiple-Monitor Setup

Horizon Client 4.3 or later support selectin of sepecific monitor in a multiple monitor setup. You can use the selective multiple-monitor feature to select the monitors on which to display a remote desktop window. For example, if you have three monitors, you can specify that the remote desktop window appears on only two of those monitors. By default, a remote desktop window appears on all monitors in a multiple-monitor setup.
You can select up to four adjacent monitors. The monitors can be side by side, stacked two by two, or stacked vertically. A maximum of two monitors can be stacked vertically.

This feature is not supported for remote applications.

Procedure
1
Start Horizon Client and log in to a server.
2
In the desktop and application selection window, right-click the remote desktop and select Settings.
3
Select PCoIP or VMware Blast from the Connect Via drop-down menu.
4
Select All Monitors from the Display drop-down menu.
Thumbnails of the monitors that are currently connected to your client system appear under Display settings. The display topology matches the display settings on your client system.
5
Click a thumbnail to select or deselect a monitor on which to display the remote desktop window.
When you select a monitor, its thumbnail turns green. A warning message appears if you violate a display selection rule.
6
Click Apply to save your changes.
7
Click OK to close the dialog box.
8
Connect to the remote desktop.
Your changes are applied immediately when you connect to the remote desktop. Your changes are saved in the Horizon Client preferences file for the remote desktop after you exit from Horizon Client.

Display Scaling Feature in VMware Horizon Client

A user who has a high-resolution screen such as a 4K monitor, or who has poor eyesight, generally has scaling enabled by setting the DPI (Dots Per Inch) on the client machine to greater than 100 percent. With the Display Scaling feature, the remote desktop or application supports the client machine's scaling setting, and the remote desktop or application appears normal-sized instead of very small.
Horizon Client saves the display scaling setting for each remote desktop separately. For remote applications, the display scaling setting applies to all remote applications that are available to the currently logged-in user. The display scaling setting appears, even if the DPI setting is 100 percent on the client machine.
An administrator can hide the display scaling setting by enabling the Horizon Client Locked Guest Size group policy setting. Enabling the Locked Guest Size group policy setting does not disable the DPI Synchronization feature. To disable the DPI Synchronization feature, an administrator must disable the DPI Synchronization group policy setting.
In a multiple-monitor setup, using display scaling does not affect the number of monitors and the maximum resolutions that Horizon Client supports. When display scaling is allowed and in effect, scaling is based on the DPI setting of the primary monitor.
This procedure describes how to enable the Display Scaling feature before you connect to a remote desktop or application. You can enable the Display Scaling feature after you connect to a remote desktop by selecting Options > Allow Display Scaling.

Setup the Display Scaling in Horizon Client Windows Operating System
1. Access the Control Panel  > Appearance and Personalization


2. Click on make text and other items larger or smaller





3. Adjust the size > click on apply. You will be prompted for sign out and sign in back to apply these changes


4. Start Horizon Client and connect to a server.

5. In the desktop and application selection window, right-click the remote desktop or application and select Settings.

6. Select the Allow display scaling check box. Click Apply to save your changes. Click OK to close the dialog box. Now you can experience same display scaling in your VD session.

Monday, 18 September 2017

IoT vs IoE vs M2M

Link given below:-
http://blog.aeris.com/ioe-vs.-iot-vs.-m2m-what-s-the-difference-and-does-it-matter

What is IoT (Internet of Things)?




Source:-
YouTube Channel

Friday, 15 September 2017

Application Licensing in VMware App Volume

Many customers have asked if application virtualization could reduce software licensing costs, and my answer has always been simple—ask your application vendor. For Microsoft Office, the answer is no. None of the application virtualization solutions for Microsoft Office will reduce Office licensing costs. All Microsoft Office applications purchased as a software product are licensed per device, where “device” is a physical or virtual system that runs Microsoft Office applications or a system that is used to access Office applications remotely. Each license permits only one user to access the software at a time. The only exception to this rule is the subscription-based model that is licensed per user. Also important to note is that neither of the following purchase scenarios permits network use:
  • Microsoft Office retail purchase (the fully packaged product)
  • Acquisition of Office with hardware that includes the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) licensing

In other words, for most VDI scenarios you can use only Microsoft Office editions that are available with Microsoft volume licensing. These include Office Professional Plus 2013, Office Standard 2013, and Office 365 ProPlus. You cannot use Office Home & Student or Office Personal editions on VDI.

Horizon 7 - URL Content Redirection

Source:-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIKaK6Oo5MM

Friday, 1 September 2017

Mind Map of VMware Horizon 7 Desktop Pools

Tried Putting my thoughts on VMware Horizon Desktop Pools in the form of Mind Map.

I hope this is helpful for VMware Horizon beginners.

How to Find VMware Products available for Public Evaluation?

VMware provides two ways for you to try our products free for 60 days:
https://www.vmware.com/in/try-vmware.html
  • Hands-on Labs allow you to experience products in a virtual lab environment anytime, anywhere. No installation, license or special hardware is required, and you can get started in just minutes.
  • Evaluation versions of products can be downloaded and installed in your own environment and are fully-functional for a limited time.
There is always confusion among the Admins those who want to learn VMware Solutions that Which VMware Product is available for Public Evaluation and Which one is not? Let me share how you can find this:-

1. Open this URL https://www.vmware.com/in/try-vmware.html
2. Expand the categories to check which product is available for Public Evaluation and which one can only be used in H.O.L (Hands on Labs)




Tuesday, 29 August 2017

VMware Skyline

VMware Skyline is a proactive support technology aligned with VMware Global Services offerings. VMware Skyline automatically and securely collects, aggregates, and analyzes product usage data which helps VMware support engineers improve time-to-resolution and proactively resolve potential problems. These capabilities transform support operations from a reactive, break/fix mode to a proactive, predictive, and prescriptive experience that produces even greater returns on your VMware support investment. Today VMware Skyline provides increased visibility for VMware vSphere and VMware NSX environments. Additional products will be added over time.

Read More @
https://www.vmware.com/support/services/skyline.html

Saturday, 26 August 2017

VMware Watchlist App

vSphere Mobile Watchlist enables secure vSphere infrastructure monitoring and remediation directly from your smartphone. With Watchlist, VMware administrators will be able to log in to a vCenter Server or ESXi host directly and choose virtual machines and hosts from inventory to create targeted views of objects and their properties. Remediate directly from the device with power and management operations, VM console interaction, and delegation of tasks to onsite colleagues with linked relevant Knowledge Base (KB) articles.
vSphere Mobile Watchlist brings the following key capabilities to vSphere administrators on the go:

EASILY CREATE WATCHLISTS:
Search for and select a subset of VMs and hosts from your VMware vCenter Server and/or ESXi inventory to monitor in one or multiple watchlists. 
VMs and HOSTS AT A GLANCE:
Review the status of selected Watchlist VMs and hosts from your device including state, configuration details, resource usage, performance charts, health alerts, tasks and events, interact with the VM console and browse related objects. 
DISCOVER:
Alerts are linked to pertinent diagnostic information from the VMware Knowledge Base, as well as articles from the Web. 
REMEDIATE REMOTELY:
Remediate problems directly from the device using simple CPU/Memory configuration and snapshot management or by powering on/off, resuming/suspending, connecting/disconnecting, or restarting VMs and/or hosts — or for situations where on-site remediation is required, share alert(s) along with recommended solutions in an email to team members back at the datacenter. 
vSphere Mobile Watchlist is compatible with iOS 7 & iOS 8.

LICENSE INFOMATION
VMware vSphere Mobile Watchlist v1.4.0 for iOS Open Source License

VMware vSphere Mobile Watchlist v1.4.5 for Android Open Source License

For More Info refer:-
https://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/vsphere/vsphere-mobile
https://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2014/02/now-available-vmware-vsphere-mobile-watchlist.html

VMware vRA 7.0 Guest Agent Use Cases

In VMware vRA you may need optionally Guest Agent, If you have following requirements:-

•Launch in guest Scripts, this is has always been the biggest driver for installing the vRA Guest Agent. The nice part about it, after installing the guest agent, you can customize which script you want to run and what parameters you want to pass to it using custom properties. Further being able to invoke these scripts from share drives and passing them your desired parameters using custom properties, you can avoid having to edit your template, every time you update your script.
•Install Software via Scripts(Unattended Installs), this really fall under the first use case, though I still wanted to highlight that you can invoke software installation scripts using the vRA Guest agent.
• Call other in Guest Agents. (Puppet is a popular example of this use case)
•Configure or format new Drives in Guest OS. There is always the case where you want to add an extra drive upon provisioning, and this help you address preparing that drive for usage right after deployment.
•Configure multiple NIC’s
•IP address assignment from Network Profiles. It is only Required when there is no Guest OS Customization Support.

If you are looking for application authoring in vRA then you can skip this agent installation and just install the software bootstrap agent as software bootstrap agent will take care of most of the things for you

Friday, 18 August 2017

What is the Impact if VMDK of a VM in Old Protected Site is Deleted before Re-protection?

Question: What would be the Impact on re-protection if VMDK of a particular VM got deleted in Old Protected Site (Site A ). Re-protection would work or not?
 Answer: Re-protection will work without any issue and re-protection will create the VMDK for this VM automatically in Old Protected Site (Site A)

Impact of Not Configuring the Inventory Mappings in VMware SRM

An inventory mapping specifies the resources in Site Recovery Manager that a recovered virtual machine uses.

The following elements are mapped:
•Compute resources, such as resource pools
•Virtual machine folders
•Network port groups
•Placeholder datastore
Inventory mappings are optional, but highly recommended. If a virtual machine is not fully mapped, then it must be individually configured. 

To Explain this Scenario, I have created a VM > Powered On > Configured VM Replication > Added it in to Protection Group without configuring Inventory Mapping. Now as you can see in this below screenshot one warning is listed for the VM that is in Protection Group. And the warning is "Mapping for the Folder, Network and Resource Pool is Missing" 


As per my previous statement "If a virtual machine is not fully mapped, then it must be individually configured" Let me explain how this can be individually configured:-
Select VM in the Protection Group > Click on Configure Protection > You can notice for Folder, Resource Pool and Network mapping is not configured.

To add this Individual VM mapping expand each category where it is shown as "not configured" One by one and map it to the correct location in recovery site > Click on Ok > Click on Restore Placeholder VM Icon.


Note:- If Inventory Mapping as well as Individual VM mapping is not configured by SRM Admin. Recovery Plan Execution will not work and you will get the below error


Procedure to Increase the VM Disk Size that is Protected by vSphere Replication Using SRM

If you are trying to Increase the VM Disk Size that is Protected by vSphere Replication Using SRM, you will get this error "vSphere Replication does not support changing the length of a replicated disk."


Procedure to Increase the VM Disk Size that is Protected by vSphere Replication Using SRM
  • Locate the directory or directories where the virtual machine is currently replicating to. Rename these directories using the datastore browser.
  • Note and record the vSphere Replication configuration for the virtual machine (RPO settings, destination datastores, and so on).
  • Stop replication for the virtual machine at the protected site using the vSphere Replication User Interface (UI).
  •  Re-size the virtual machine's disks on the protected virtual machine using the Edit Settings.
  • Resize the virtual disk on the recovery site:
    • SSH to an ESXi host that has access to the datastore on the recovery site containing the replicated disks.
    • Change directory to the renamed directory where the vmdk files are stored.
                   Increase the size of the disk with the vmkfstools command:
                   vmkfstools -X size vmdk
                   For example:
                  vmkfstools -X 4G Demo-VM.vmdk
  • Once the vmdks have been resized on both sites, rename the folder from step #1 back to its original name using the datastore browser.
  • Re-configure replication for the virtual machine, using the replication configuration you noted in step #2. You will need to select the datastore folder manually and you will be prompted to use the replicated disks as seeds.
Note:- If you will not increase the Size of the disk in the recovery site by using the above mentioned command, you will get the this below error as soon as the replication is again configured by you "The capacity of the seed disk does not match the capacity of the replication source disk. Create a new seed copy or verify that you selected the correct seed to use for this replication.:




Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Storage Provider Versions Comparison

This was Introduced in vSphere 5.0, the storage provider has evolved over time. Here is the features comparison in different versions of VASA:-

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

VMware Licenses Mystery Solved

Are you lost in VMware Licenses? Do you find difficulty in Understanding VMware Licenses, Products and Editions? Do you want to understand which VMware Product uses which License Metric? Now no need to worry, refer new VMware Product Guide <<<<<Link to Download VMware Product Guide>>>>>

 

VMware vSAN 6.6 Design and Sizing Guide

How to check the Service Request Approval or Rejection Justification in VMware vRA 7?

 In vRA, one can set up the approval policy with conditions. For an example, i want if somebody is going to request the VM from self-service portal with more than 1 vCPU. That request should be approved by the approver. Whenever approver approves or rejects the request they have to give the justification, I as an end user wants to know what is the Justification of approval or rejection. Now the question to how to know this Justification as an end user. Lets have a look to know how to check this:-

1. Login as an End User in vRA Self Service Portal.
2. Request the Service. If approval policy is linked with the Service then Under request tab, request status would be "Pending Approval".
3. Then Approver will Check the request and Approve or Reject it with Justification. Lets assume Approver Rejected the Request.
4. As an End User when you will check the request status Under Request Tab. You will get status "Rejected". Click on the Request Number.

5. Now Click on Rejected Link Under Approval status. Here Under Justification Column you can check the Justification.

VMware vSAN 6.6.1 Upgrade Guide

VMware vSAN 6.6 License Editions


vSAN license editions include Standard, Advanced, Enterprise, and Remote Office/Branch Office (ROBO) Standard and Advanced. The following table shows the features included with each license edition.

Note:- Features in these editions can vary in different versions of vSAN . Please refer the vSAN Version Specific Licensing Guide.

For More Info Refer:-
https://www.vmware.com/content/dam/digitalmarketing/vmware/en/pdf/products/vsan/vmware-vsan-66-licensing-guide.pdf