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Start Your VMworld Schedule On The Right Foot

Getting excited about this year’s VMworld, August 25–29? We are—especially now that the full list of sessions has been posted. Breakout and panel sessions are at the heart of the VMworld experience, with dynamic speakers, rich content, and constructive discussions.

With 350+ sessions this year, we imagine you’ll be carefully planning your schedule in the coming weeks. Here’s a great place to start: sessions led by our VMware Professional Services Consultants. We’ve collected a few from the End-User Computing track below; keep your eyes out for others in the coming weeks, focusing on Virtualization and the Software-Defined Data Center.

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Demistifying VMware Mirage: Tips and Tricks for Success
With Justin Venezia and Simon Long

Wondering what Mirage really does, how it works, and how to successfully design and implement it? VMware’s Global Professional Services team will present a technical walk-through of a real-world end-to-end Mirage design and implementation. Hear first-hand how VMware Architects address technical and operational challenges, such as networking and server and storage sizing. The team will also share lessons and best practices, giving you everything you need to successfully deploy VMware Mirage.

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Getting Started with Horizon Workspace: Use Cases and Configuration
With Kristopher Boyd and Stephane Asselin

VMware Horizon Workspace opens the door for a new world of use cases—from SSO (single sign on) to remote enterprise applications. Properly configuring and deploying a Horizon Workspace environment requires careful planning and execution. In this session Kristopher and Stephane will go over new use cases, discuss configuration and deployment tips, and share pointers to help you avoid roadblocks when you deploy your first Horizon Workspace environment.

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PCoIP: Sizing For Success
With Simon Long and Chuck Hirstius

Baffled by the PCoIP sizing minefield that can accompany a Horizon View deployment? No idea where to start? Join Chuck and Simon as they give an introduction to PCoIP, helping you understand important characteristics of the protocol, which need to be considered when sizing for PCoIP. The session will then guide you through the critical steps required to optimize, measure, and calculate PCoIP bandwidth requirements tailored to your environment.

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EUC Experts Panel – Successful Implementations
Moderated by Kristopher Boyd with panelists Simon Long, Stephane Asselin, Justin Venezia, Ray Dusseault

In this panel discussion, EUC Architects from Global Services Engineering with experience designing and implementing some of the largest, most complex EUC environments to date will answer your pressing questions: Issues with virtual desktops and virtualized apps.  How to scale your virtual desktop environment. Where do  Horizon Workspace and Mirage fit into your desktop strategy? The panel includes experts in all of the Horizon Suite products, as well as critical infrastructure support elements for EUC, such as Active Directory and anti-virus, storage solutions, networking, and load balancing.

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It All Starts Here: Internal Implementation of Horizon Workspace at VMware

By Jim Zhang, VMWare Professional Services Consultant

VMware has had a dogfood tradition since previous CEO Paul Maritz’ instilled the practice of having VMware IT deploy VMware products for production use internally. As a VMware employee personally, I can understand some criticism to this practice, but I definitely believe it serves to build and deliver a solid and quality product to the market.

Prior to the release of VMware’s Horizon Suite, VMware IT provided Horizon Workspace to its employees in the production environment. It’s very exciting! Right now, I can use my iPhone and iPad to access my company files without being tied to my desk. Also, it is very easy to share a folder and files with other colleagues, expanding our ability to collaborate and also track various file versions. Additionally, with Workspace, I can access internal applications without further authentication after I login to the Horizon portal. Even my entitlement virtual desktops are still there!

While Mason and Ted discuss the IT challenges with mobility computing in this blog, we at VMware understand these challenges because ‘we eat our own dogfood’.  In this blog I’d like to share some of the key sizing concepts of each of the Horizon components and reference which sizes VMware IT utilized to deploy the Horizon Workspace for its 13,000+ employees.

Horizon Workspace is a vApp that generally has 5 Virtual Machines (VM) by default:

Lets go through each VM and see how to size it in each case:

1.  Configurator VA (virtual appliance): This is the first virtual appliance to be deployed. It is used to configure the vApp from a single point and deploy and configure the rest of the vApp. The Configurator VA is also used to add or remove other Horizon Workspace virtual appliances. There can only be one Configurator VA per vApp.

  • 1x Configurator VA is used. 2vCPU, 2G Memory

2.  Connector VA:  Enterprise deployments require more than one Connector VA to support different authentication methods, such as RSA SecureID and Kerberos SSO. To provide high availability when deploying more than one Connector VA, you must front-end the Connector VAs with a load balancer. Each Connector VA can support up to 30,000 users. Specific use cases, such as Kerberos, ThinApp integration, and View integration, require the Connector VA to be joined to the Windows domain.

  • 6x Connector VA is used. 2 vCPU, 4G Memory

3.  Gateway VA: The Gateway VA is the single namespace for all Horizon Workspace interaction. For high availability, place multiple Gateway VAs behind a load balancer. Horizon Workspace requires one Gateway VA for every two Data VAs, or one Gateway VA for every 2,000 users.

  • 4x Gateway VA is used: 2 vCPU, 8G Memory

4.  Management VA: aka Service VA. Enterprise deployments require two or more Service VAs. Each service VA can handle up to 100,000 users.

  • 2x Service VA is used: 2vCPU, 6G Memory (1 for HA)

5.  Data VM: Each Data VA can support up to 1,000 users. At least three Data VAs are required. The first Data VA is a master data node, the others are user data nodes. Each user data node requires its own dedicated volume. In proof of concept or small-scale pilot scenarios, you can use a Virtual Machine Disk (VMDK). For production, you must use NFS.

  • 11x Data VA is used: 6 vCPU, 32G Memory

6.  Database: Workspace only supports Postgres. For enterprise deployment best practice is to use an external Postgres database.

  • 2x Postgres Server is used: 4 vCPU, 4G Memory (1 for replication)

7.  MS Office Preview Server: Windows 7 Enterprise or Windows 2008 R2 Standard required; MS Office 2010 Professional, 64-bit required;Admin account w/ permissions to create local accounts; Disable UAC; Real-time conversion of documents

  • 3x MS Office Preview Server: 4vCPU, 4G Memory

 

If you want to learn more about the real deployment experience and best practices for deploying the Horzion Suite, please contact your local VMware Professional Services team. They have the breadth of experience and technical ability to help you achieve your project goals: from planning and design to implementation and maintenance. Also, be on the look out for upcoming Horizon reference guides being released from VMware soon. Good luck!

Jim Zhang joined VMware in November 2007 as a quality engineering manager for VMware View.  In 2011, he moved to Professional Services as consultant and solution architect.  Jim has extensive experience in desktop virtualization and workspace solution design and delivery.

Staying Ahead in the Boom of the Mobile Workforce

Today’s IT department is inundated by new devices, new applications and new ways to work. It used to be that IT defined, provided and supported the device or endpoint; they defined the refresh or upgrade cycle; they assessed, procured and installed all the applications. Users had very little influence or input into what they used at work. Today, that’s all changed.

In this 2-part video blog, Ted Ohr, Sr. Director of Professional Services and Mason Uyeda, Sr. Director of Technical Marketing and Enablement discuss the incredible explosion around end-user computing and the mobile workforce, the challenges that IT faces and what VMware is doing about it.

In this new landscape, we have users with choice, multiple devices and multiple ways for IT to approach the challenges of control vs. agility vs. cost. In Part 2, Ted and Mason highlight VMware’s IT solutions space for the customer, providing users access to the data and applications they need to get the job done

With over 18 years of technology experience, Ted Ohr is the Senior Director of Americas Service Delivery, which includes Software Defined Data Center, Mobility, Project Management and Technical Account Management. In addition to driving services revenue growth in Latin America, he is also responsible for leading all aspects of service delivery, thought leadership and best practices for VMware’s Professional Services business for both North and Latin America, helping to ensure customer success and satisfaction.
Mason Uyeda joined VMware in November 2007 and leads technical and solution marketing for VMware’s end-user computing business, bringing more than 18 years of experience in strategy, product marketing, and product management. He is responsible for the development and marketing of solutions that feature such end-user computing technologies as desktop virtualization and workspace aggregation.