How to install vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS) plugin for web client

Last week VMware announced the availability of a web client plugin to help manage vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS). This sounded pretty cool, but what really interested me was getting to try a plugin for the vSphere web client. There are very few plugins available for the web client at this point, as vendors are working on updating their existing plugins to work in the new world. Plugin documentation link.

For this write up I setup a test instance of the vCenter server appliance and will be using an existing vCHS account. I will install the plugin and connect it to my account.

1 register plugin

 

About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design

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This is what makes VMware a great company other than the products

This week was a pretty crazy week, it’s nearing end of the 4th quarter and year so as a partner it gets no busier. Also this week I published a post that drew a larger amount of interest inside of VMware and I’m sure I ruffled more than a few feathers.

On a positive note is that I was reminded why I am such a strong believer in VMware products and their people. Lets face it while I feel my write up was well written and neutral, the folks at VMware could have taken a different stance then they did. The teams could have tried to get me to change or take down my blog post, they could have tried to call my employer and demand that they do something.

None of those things happened, well there were a few phone calls made to my work. But nothing that was negative and only wanted to talk and get details. Out of all this, I was invited to have a meeting with the director of product management at VMware for EUC products. He put out the invitation in good faith and wanted to start a process of ongoing communication between his teams and myself on their EUC products and futures.

I think this is great and could have been handled much worse, instead the VMware teams rose above being petty and started on the path to building something better. For this I have a lot of respect, lets face it I’ve been in IT for a few decades and have never experienced the level of community involvement that VMware offers. I work with Microsoft, Citrix and many other storage and hardware vendors and most do not even come close to what VMware is doing with the community.

I do think that this has been recognized by some and they are seeking to change things. With recent programs starting up from Cisco and EMC to help with community involvement and I hope more are coming. Other vendors can learn a lot from what VMware has done over the last 5 years or so.

 

 

About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design

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My EUC suite comparison for VMware vs Citrix

In my day job I spend a lot of time working with Enterprises developing strategies around their End User Computing (EUC) services. Once the strategy is developed it usually leads to the design of the EUC offerings. It is increasing evident that just being good at VDI is no longer acceptable. The following are services or requirements that are rapidly becoming table stakes for many customers.

  • Application presentation – any app to any device
  • Mobile app and data management (MDM, MAM)
  • Enterprise fie sync and share

As many Enterprises and smaller customers evaluate offerings from Citrix and VMware they are increasing looking for a vendor that can provide solutions to satisfy their requirements. They do not want to have to use solutions from multiple vendors that do not integrate well together.

The following comparison is based on the product versions listed below. After the table I have broken each evaluation point out and explained why I rated them equal or why one won in my eyes. This does not intend to sway your view to or from either vendor, I am simply trying to shine light on how they stack up. Not every customer needs all of these capabilities at the start and might be able to wait for them to mature or could use a hybrid solution with the best parts from both vendors.

  • VMware Horizon Suite (View 5.3, Mirage 4.3 and Workspace 1.5)
  • Citrix XenDesktop (XenDesktop 7 and XenApp 6.5)

 

  • VDIVDI
  • Physical PC managementPhysical PC management
  • EUC PortalEUC Portal
  • Mobile ManagementMobile Management
  • File sync & shareFile sync & share
  • Application optionsApplication options
  • NetworkingNetworking
  • VMware Horizon Suite

  • VDIyes
  • Physical PC managementyes
  • EUC Portalyes
  • Mobile Management
  • File sync & share
  • Application optionsThinApp
  • Networking
  • Citrix XenDesktop

  • VDIyes
  • Physical PC management
  • EUC Portalyes
  • Mobile ManagementRequires XenMobileyes
  • File sync & shareRequires ShareFileyes
  • Application optionsXenAppyes
  • Networkingyes

About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design

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Licensing VMware Mirage when used with View

With the recent news from VMworld Barcelona that Horizon Mirage and Horizon View can now be used together, I’ve been thinking about how this might affect the licensing. With the ability to manage full clone desktops in View with Mirage the need for a user to have more than one device managed by Mirage is increased.

In the past Mirage was licensed by endpoint or PC and not by the user. This was fine when it was only for the physical world and the norm would be for each user to have only one physical PC. When VMware announced Horizon Suite the products were moved to a named user licensing model.

Lets talk about one of the options that I’ve been thinking about. The basic idea is I have 100 users that have PC’s that are managed by Mirage and are used as the method to access their View desktop. The View desktops for these 100 users are also full clones and are managed by Mirage. So this means that each use has two mirage managed OS’s.

The following is a quote from a blog post from VMware.

The benefit of named-user licensing for the Horizon Suite is that one named user can use as many devices as they wish at once, on any or all of the products in the Horizon Suite (Horizon View, Horizon Mirage, and Horizon Workspace).

So this leads me to believe that under the proposed scenario I’m fine and if I purchase a single Horizon Suite named user license for each user I will be fine. But the problem is at least it still existed in Mirage 4.2 which was part of the Suite, is that Mirage still acts in a per device licensing model. Not sure if Mirage 4.3 will fix this licensing oversight, will have to wait for it to be available for download. In the past this was not really an issue because VMware did not support the use of Mirage managing View desktops.

So the question comes down to if Mirage is still not properly supporting named users in version 4.3, how would a solution like this be licensed? I’ve come up with the two following options.

Option 1 – I would purchase 100 named user licenses for Horizon Suite from VMware and build my environment. But I need to have support for the extra 100 Mirage endpoints. So VMware will have to give me 100 separate Mirage licenses to support this.

Option 2 – This option has me still purchasing 100 named user licenses of Horizon Suite but also purchasing 100 licenses of Mirage named users separately. This adds 50% to my cost of this solution.

While I think that the second option is highly unlikely but what level of effort will it take to work out the logistics of option 1 with VMware?

 

  • License Cost

  • User Count
  • Horizon Suite Licenses
  • Mirage Licenses
  • DT's managed by Mirage
  • VDI managed by Mirage
  • Estimate Costs
  • Option 1

  • $300

    per user

  • 100
  • 100
  • 0
  • 100
  • 100
  • $30,000
  • Option 2

  • $450

    per user

  • 100
  • 100
  • 100
  • 100
  • 100
  • $45,000

 

I look forward to this licensing issue being fixed very soon. If anyone from VMware has any thoughts on this I would appreciate the feedback.

 

About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design

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Chicago VMUG recap special Comic Edition 2013

We are fresh off the completion of the 2013 Chicago VMUG User Conference on October 22nd. This was our 3rd year for the conference and our biggest event yet. We moved to a large venue this year that offers a better location and layout. This made it easier for people attending to get to the site and find their way around the conference.

The conference was a huge success the VMUG team in Chicago is very happy with the turn out. We have just over 1000 people register for the event and 785 people showed up at the event. This was more than 100 more than 2012, we hope to carry the momentum into 2014.

The leadership team in Chicago would like to thank VMware, VMUG headquarters, vendors and attendees for making this years conference GREAT! To help summarize the day I wanted to put together some notes on the highlights. I also wanted to do something new this year other than just a regular blog post.

So I have created the first VMUG recap comic. I’ve captured some of the cool things from the conference and people that were in attendance. This is only a small sampling that I have pulled together from a few people but it should give you a good idea. You can view the pages of the comic embedded below or download the PDF version from HERE.

Hope you enjoy.

 

Page 1

The top image shows the keynote room that was setup to accommodate 750 people. It was a big room and was pretty full during keynotes and lunch. The lower left image is Jay from VCE talking about the Software Defined Data Center. He tossed in some Robots for examples. The last image is a picture form one of the VMware EUC focused sessions presented by Dave Stafford from VMware HQ.

 

VMUG 2013 Comic recap

VMUG 2013 Comic recap

 

Page 2

The top left is the zombie that the Bluelock team brought along for their DRaaS offering. The top right is a sample of two of the vendors from the day enjoying a friendly discussion. See even rivals can get along most of the time. The lower left is the luck winner of an Apple MacBook Air compute from one of the prize giveaways. The last image is Chris Wahl carting in our mega giveaway of the day. An entire home lab worth $4000, we are very proud to have offered such an amazing giveaway.

 

VMUG 2013 Comic recap

VMUG 2013 Comic recap

 

Page 3

The top left image is an attendee asking a question during the afternoon Question and Answer session. The top right photo is the lucky winner of the Home Lab giveaway. Not sure if that guy will stop smiling this year. The middle photo is from a session of automation using VMware Orchestrator and it was presented by a pair of Customers. The VMUG team is very proud anytime a customer is willing to present a session. The lower left is a picture from a Veeam session presented by Mr Rick Vanover. And the last image is a small view from the Vendor exhibit hall.

 

VMUG 2013 Comic recap

VMUG 2013 Comic recap

 

Page 4

On the fourth page we start in the top right with Chris one of the VMUG leaders opening up the conference. He talked about some VMUG programs and a brief overview of recent VMware news. This years conference included a Podcasting Room that drew in 3 podcasters. They created multiple show recordings and live interviews during the day. The middle picture on the right show the testing room for people that took the VMware VCA tests at the conference. This is a very new program and I think we might have been the first VMUG to offer these certs on site. The bottom picture shows the helpful people that helped us staff an experts session that allowed the audience to ask questions about VMware topics.

 

VMUG 2013 Comic recap

VMUG 2013 Comic recap

 

Page 5

The 5th page brings us a great session about VSAN one of the hottest new technologies shown in the top right picture. The afternoon brought some tasty Ice Cream snacks that were served up in the exhibit hall area. The lower right shows the signage for the VCA certification room.

 

VMUG 2013 Comic recap

VMUG 2013 Comic recap

 

Page 6

The final page shows the helpful VMware team that was manning the VMware booth in the exhibit hall. The middle right picture is just a small sampling of the great conversations that took place between vendors and customers. The bottom picture shows the open tables in the exhibit hall that allowed attendees or vendors to sit, relax and talk about the cool stuff they were learning.

 

VMUG 2013 Comic recap

VMUG 2013 Comic recap

 

The day was great and seemed to be enjoyed by everyone that I spoke with. We will be picking the date for the 2014 conference soon and begin planning sometime next year. We hope to see everyone that attended this year plus many more people. So spread the work if you had fun or thought it was of value to you.

 

About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design

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Some session recommendations for Chicago VMUG User Conference

With the Chicago VMUG User Conference coming up on October 22nd, I thought that a list of some of sessions that caught my eye. The day will hold over 35 breakout sessions and 2 larger keynotes for the day. The sessions are split between VMware sessions and vendor sessions. You can see the whole agenda here.

I have broken my list up between VMware and Vendor sessions, since they will not overlap you can attend the top ones from each category. I have ranked them in order of my interest, but you may see other sessions on the agenda that are of more interest to you.

 

VMware Sessions

Dave Stafford of VMware will be catching everyone up with the latest EUC news from VMworld Barcelond

Real world automation using Orchestrator – This is a customer + VMware presentation

vCloud Hybrid Service extend your data center

Troubleshooting storage performance by Raj Jethnani local VMware hero

 

Vendor Sessions

10 Things you should know about storage for vSphere by Eric Sebert from HP

Securing your data center by Trend Micro

HP Blade system networking by our own Eric Shanks

 

I hope you saw a few sessions that will make it worth your trip to Rosemont for the FREE all day VMUG conference. There will be plenty of VMware resources, customers and vendors that to discuss tech topics with. We will have some good eats and your also sure to land some good swag. Don’t forget we are also giving away $10,000 worth of giveaways from the VMUG including a $4000 home lab for one lucky winner.

You can register here for the free conference. Hope to see you there on the 22nd.

 

 

About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design

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