View Dashboard warns of pending certificate expiry

This is one of the benefits of running a home lab with a production like deployment. You get to see and experience things which helps you appreciate more on the operations of the environment you design and build. A couple days ago, my View Connection Server started to give a yellow alert in the dashboard.… Read More »

Hidden Gem in View 6.1 and Transparent Page Sharing

I’ve just updated my lab to View 6.1 and came across a nice little gem. This is related to the recent out-of-the-box hardening of vSphere where Transparent Page Sharing is disabled between virtual machines. In case you missed it, I’ve written about it here. If you see the screenshot below, you will see a new… Read More »

Updated ESXi TPS setting and what to consider for VDI

Another reminder today that ESXi TPS default setting is being changed to be disabled. This was first acknowledged in Oct 2014 that under certain highly controlled situation, it is possible to gain unauthorized access to in memory data. Although this is unlikely to be achievable in a production environment VMware is keeping to secure-out-of-the-box principle and… Read More »

Why sometimes I am prompted to reboot my virtual desktop immediately on login?

Optimisation Type [explain] : user experience (↑) / resource optimisation (-) / functionality (-) / administration (↑) Have you or your users been greeted with the “You must restart your computer to apply these changes” dialogue box every so often upon login to a virtual desktop? If you choose to ignore it and click “Restart later”,… Read More »

VMware Workspace Portal 2.1 & Database Support

VMware Workspace Portal (http://www.vmware.com/products/workspace-portal) is one of the key products VMware has in the EUC suite. It has gone through several iterations, and arrived at it’s current state. I have seen it since it was 1.0, and in September 2014, 2.1 was released with lots of improvements. Prior to 2.1, workspace was a vApp made… Read More »

Server Power Management & Virtual Desktop Performance

Optimisation Type [explain] : user experience (↑) / resource optimisation (↑) / functionality (-) / administration (-) In the recent weeks, I’ve personally come across more than a few complaints of performance issue on VDI. The complaint are typically the same, poor user experience. After some troubleshooting, they all point to the same thing, Power Management… Read More »

Virtual Desktop Optimisation – Enforcing Windows Visual Effects

Optimisation Type [explain] : user experience (↓↑) / resource optimisation (↑) / functionality (-) / administration (-) Most people may not realise, but the Windows Visual Effects settings can have a direct impact to the user experience. Ok, that sounds a little too obvious, but it’s more than just turn on and off “eye candies” and… Read More »

Horizon 6 with View – Unofficial Configuration Maximums

I have to start with a disclaimer that this post (and this blog) is not an official guidance from VMware. As my personal practice, I will always try to substantiate what I say & write with official documentation, KB and my experience. Horizon View has gone through lots of improvements over the years and there… Read More »