As you are aware I work in the VDI marketspace and utilize a significant about of VMware View in my solutions.
These solutions are currently based on VMware View 3.0.1, but can now be based on wait for it (drum roll please mister musician man) VMware View 3.1.
So what is the hype , what is new in VMware View 3.1?
well according to the marketing blurb, the following fine enhancement have been added:
- Performance Improvements – Login times are significantly improved and server utilization is reduced.
I can not really comment on this until I have got to test this in a indicative environment, IE see what the users think 😀
- Automated LDAP Data and View Composer Database Backup – You can now configure automated backup of LDAP data and View Composer databases in View Administrator, enabling disaster recovery.
This is a definate improvement
- Client Information – Information about the client device that the end user is connecting from is now provided for the desktop session as registry settings. This enables customers to use third party tools or create custom scripts to map local printers to devices. The information available includes the device name, IP address, and MAC address.
This is really useful the passing through of infomation of the client to the user is of immense use. The ability to pass the Clients IP address to the session will greatly enhance end user experiance as things like true proximity printing now becomes a reality.
- Improved Logging – Debug logs are now enabled by default. Logging has been improved to provide more informational messages with minimal performance impact.
Anybody who has had need to read the debug logs will be happy with this one. View has not been known for its infomational messages 😀
- Edit Desktop Wizard Navigation – Improved wizard navigation enables you to quickly modify existing desktop pools.
Sound interesting but what exactly can you do? the ability to break a persistant setting between User and VDI guest without having to resort to manually hacking the ADAM datastore would be good, when I have has a deeper play I will let you know what exactly you can do with this “Desktop Wizard”
- USB Improvements – View 3.1 offers more reliable and broader device support with reduced bandwidth consumption. A separate TCP/IP stream is used.
now this is an improvement, the device support has been quite limited with previous editions.
- Multimedia Redirection (MMR) for Windows Vista – MMR is now supported in Windows Vista environments. MMR technology delivers the multimedia stream directly to the client using an RDP virtual channel instead of decoding and rendering it with RDP. This enables full fidelity playback in View Client.
Again a vast step forward
- Adobe Flash Bandwidth Reduction – The Adobe Flash bandwidth reduction feature improves end-user productivity when browsing Adobe Flash content.
- Multi-Protocol Support – View Client can now use HP Remote Graphics Software (RGS) as the display protocol when connecting to HP Blade PCs, HP Workstations, and HP Blade Workstations. The connection is brokered by View Manager. HP RGS is a display protocol from HP that allows a user to access the desktop of a remote computer over a standard network. VMware View 3.1 supports HP RGS Version 5.2.5. VMware does not bundle or license HP RGS with View 3.1. Please contact HP to license a copy of HP RGS software version 5.2.5 to use with View 3.1. This release does not support HP RGS connections to virtual machines.
Now this is a winner, it shows that VMware is not adverse to extending remote display support. the addition of PCoIP in a later release will be even better. and before you say RGS is end of life. no it is not HP have no plans to shelve RGS and it has full support of HP and a development timeline. so unfortunately Virtualization.Info got that one wrong.
So on the whole a lot of improvements to core functionality especially on the graphics/multimedia and on paper the performance side.
This is a significant step up from the previous version. and a good foundation for the next major release, when Vmware will bring a new remote display solution to market based on Teradici’s next generation display protocol PCoIP. This will enable View to deliver an enhanced solution to desktop organizations that will enable the deployment of VDI across the gamut of users, from task worker to the designer, enabling them to remotely access a VDI or BladePC across both from the LAN or the WAN utilizing a single display protocol which will deliver a very satifying user experience.
The only fly in the ointment is that it still does not fully support vSphere, so still not Linked clones or offline desktops etc. however I have heard from sources that there may be an interim minor release to the product to bring full support before the release of Version 4.0.