VMware Horizon 6 install – Part 5 setting up RDS desktops

This begins the fifth part of my Horizon 6 install series bringing us to configuring RDS desktops. RDS desktops are a new feature for VMware in Horizon 6, something that Microsoft and Citrix have been providing for a long time. I will walk you through the process of getting a new pool configured and ready to serve hosted desktops from your environment.

 

Other posts in this Horizon series.

VMware Horizon 6 install – Part 1 connection servers

VMware Horizon 6 install – Part 2 security servers

VMware Horizon 6 install – Part 3 SSL certificates

VMware Horizon 6 install – Part 4 configuring an RDS pool

VMware Horizon 6 install – Part 6 setting up RDS applications

 

Configure Horizon RDS Desktop Pool

 

To get this started I have already clicked on the pools choice in Horizon View Manager and clicked the Add button. This brings us to the window shown below. From here, we can select the type of pool to create. For this exercise we will be creating an RDS Desktop Pool. This will utilize Windows servers as the platform and offer shared hosted desktops. With this option, we can host upwards of a few dozen users on a properly configured server.

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Step 2: Here we need to provide the ID for the pool, it cannot have any spaces. Also fill in the Display Name and a description if you wish. I like to use a detailed description to help others understand the configuration or use of the pool. This is good for teams or admins that do not regularly work with Horizon.

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Step 3: In this step we can adjust the pool settings, there are far fewer options here than the typical View desktop pool. There are options for controlling the quality and resources that Adobe Flash can consume and if you wish to restrict the pool to specific connection servers.

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Step 4: Here you will get the option to create a new RDS farm or select one created already. Since I created one in part 4 of this series I will be selecting an existing farm.

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Step 5: This step brings us to the end of the pool creation. You will be presented with a summary of what the options selected were before you click finish to create the pool. You can tick the box to entitle users immediately afterwards or you can do later when you are ready.

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You are now ready to provide RDS desktops to your users, this is a new option for VMware that was missing for years. It can be very helpful and cost effective for some use cases. Follow along in this Horizon install series and see how to configure application presentation with RDS apps in the next post.

 

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VMware Horizon 6 install – Part 3 SSL Certificates

The third part of my Horizon 6 install series brings us to SSL certificates. I know, I know no one likes certificates and they are usually a pain in the ass to set up. But you cannot ignore them in a Horizon installation and by allowing almost any client to connect from nearly any place the ability to ensure you’re connecting to the right server is critical.

This post will focus on how to install the SSL certificate on the first connection server. This process will be repeated for each additional connection server, security server(s) and the View composer server if you are installing one separately from vCenter. You could just use the default Web Server certificate that is built into Window Certificate Authorities (CA) but VMware does specify a few other requirements. I’ve seen them work fine, but I recommend that you follow what VMware requires exactly to ensure full supportability. I recommend reading Derek Seaman’s walkthrough on preparing a new certificate for use with VMware. For the purpose of this article I will be using a Windows CA. This is also predominately the most common method that I see at customers.

Other posts in this Horizon series.

VMware Horizon 6 install – Part 1 connection servers

VMware Horizon 6 install – Part 2 security servers

VMware Horizon 6 install – Part 4 configuring RDS pool

VMware Horizon 6 install – Part 5 setting up RDS desktops

VMware Horizon 6 install – Part 6 setting up RDS applications

 

Horizon 6 Install SSL Certificates

If we try to log into the Horizon View Manager you will get the warning about the website’s security certificate as shown below. This is because the View server is using as self generated certificate and it does not come from an authority that we trust. horizon-ssl-1

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VMware Horizon 6 install – Part 2 security server

This is the second part of this multi part series on installing VMware Horizon 6. The first part covered installing Horizon View connection servers and replica servers. In this post I will cover the install of a View Security Server, these servers are used for brokering external network connections into your datacenter for Horizon. The security servers are located in your DMZ network and establish a secure connection back to a linked connection broker.

You can install multiple Security Servers into a View environment. There is a 1:1 relationship between a security server and a connection server. This means if you want 2 security servers you will need at least 2 connection servers. VMware recommends that most customers build separate connection servers just for pairing with your security servers. This might not be necessary for smaller install.

 

Other posts in this Horizon series.

VMware Horizon 6 install – Part 1 connection servers

VMware Horizon 6 install – Part 3 SSL certificates

VMware Horizon 6 install – Part 4 configuring RDS pool

VMware Horizon 6 install – Part 5 setting up RDS desktops

VMware Horizon 6 install – Part 6 setting up RDS applications

 

Install Horizon 6 security server

To start off you will need to log into the View Administrator. First click on Servers from the View Configuration area, then click on the connection server that you will be pairing the security server with. Last from the More Commands button choose to Specify Security Server Pairing password, this is a unique password that will allow the two servers to establish a secure connection.
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VMware Horizon 6 install – Part 1 connection server

With the recent update of the entire EUC suite from VMware I thought it would be a good time to revisit the install process for Horizon 6. Yes it used to be called VMware View, then it was Horizon View and now it’s just Horizon 6. Why? well because it is no longer just VDI. Horizon 6 is now a product that offers VDI, Application presentation and Hosted shared desktops both via RDS from Microsoft. This is a big advancement by VMware and welcomed by anyone that cares about EUC.

This is what drove me to revisit the install of Horizon. With these added features there will be many changes and I wanted to build a comprehensive post series that covers what it takes to get the product up and running.

Other posts in this Horizon series.

VMware Horizon 6 install – Part 2 security server

VMware Horizon 6 install – Part 3 SSL certificates

VMware Horizon 6 install – Part 4 configuring RDS pool

VMware Horizon 6 install – Part 5 setting up RDS desktops

VMware Horizon 6 install – Part 6 setting up RDS applications

 

Installing the first connection server

Step 1: You will need to provision a Windows Server 2008R2 or 2012R2 server to install Horizon 6 onto. The product will definitely not install on the non-R2 versions of these, this comes from someone picking the wrong VM template the first time.

Step 2: If you have not already then you need to download the install files for Horizon 6. For this walkthrough you will only need the connection broker install file, but I would recommend you grab all the files that you will need for your build. This includes the View agents, GPO files and others.

Step 3: Copy the installer to the server that you will be using for the install and run the installer. The app starts with a familiar look the product version is shown in the lower left of the window letting us know its version 6.0.

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CloudPhysics secures new funding and attacks storage problems

I’ve been a big fan and supporter of CloudPhysics for the past couple of years. Since the day that I first got a peek at what they were building I was hooked. Over time I have been lucky enough to work with them as an independent and through my work at a partner. Both avenues have allowed me to work closely and see what is being built. The product has grown greatly since its release and with this latest offering they are declaring they are more than just a reporting tool.

 

New Funding for CloudPhysics

Today CloudPhysics announces that they have secured a new round of funding adding $15 million dollars to their cause. This brings the total funding to $27.5 million for CloudPhysics. The new funding will help CloudPhysics scale their teams and continue to add features to the product. Read the official press release from link below.

Also today CloudPhysics announced $15 million in funding from Jafco Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Mayfield: [http://www.cloudphysics.com/press_releases/cloudphysics-funding-15-million-from-jafco-kleiner-perkins-mayfield]

 

New Storage features for CloudPhysics

CloudPhysics has bolstered their monitoring and reporting features around storage. Along with additional metrics around storage CloudPhysics is now offering Smart Alerts. I’ve pasted some details from the official announcement below.

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How to install VMware Log Insight 2.0

Log Insight is a fairly new product from VMware and has been getting some good attention since its release. It was just updated with version 2.0 and I thought it was time to write a few posts about it. In this one I will cover the base setup to get you up and running and collecting logs.

The install is started by downloading and deploying the Log Insight virtual appliance. I am not going to cover the appliance deployment since its like other VMware virtual appliances. To deploy all you must do is supply it with networking details or choose DHCP and follow the prompts. What I wanted to cover was the post appliance deployment steps and those are covered below.

Once the virtual appliance is deployed and powered on you will need to navigate to the appliance in the browser of your choice. The link should be similar to the one below. You will see the following page and only need to click on Next to get started.

Https://IP_address_of_appliance

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Log Insight – Step 1

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VCE is caught in the middle of a War of the Roses

I always enjoy trying to connect things in life to something that others can relate to. Often this is something like a movie, book or music. In this case it’s the War of the Roses movie that comes to mind when I think of the current state of VCE and its founding members. I’m going to only reference information, articles and rumors that are publicly available. I’m sure to catch a lot of crap for this but I know others are asking the same questions.

The summary of the movie plot is listed below. I think you can insert the players names here for the VCE story and get the point I’m making. Is each company wondering what it might be like without the other?

The Roses, Barbara and Oliver, live happily as a married couple. Then she starts to wonder what life would be like without Oliver, and likes what she sees. Both want to stay in the house, and so they begin a campaign to force each other to leave. In the middle of the fighting is D’Amato, the divorce lawyer. He gets to see how far both will go to get rid of the other, and boy do they go far..

From the sounds of things lately I think we can assume that the part of Oliver is played by Cisco and Barbara is EMC/VMware. The part of D’Amato will not be played by Danny DeVito but VCE. I don’t like it when Mom and Dad fight…

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