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Monthly Archives: January 2012

Enhancing Graphics Processing with Teradici PCoIP Host Cards and VMware View

By Tina de Benedictis, Technical Marketing Manager, Enterprise Desktop

Teradici and VMware have just released an updated version of the white paper Using PCoIP Host Cards with VMware View. Teradici PCoIP host cards are designed specifically for the most demanding graphics application users in your VMware View deployment. These are graphics users currently running applications directly on a dedicated workstation in industries such as automotive and aerospace, oil and gas exploration, bank trading floors, defense and intelligence, healthcare, and media and entertainment video creation. A relevant use case is a video editor working on a 1080p video, with one or more monitors, at 60 frames per second. With Teradici PCoIP host cards, you can empower this type of user to run these same high-end graphics applications in a View deployment, on a remote desktop.

The PCoIP host card that enables remote access through VMware View resides in the workstation dedicated to the high-end graphics user. This workstation has its own graphics processing unit (GPU) to handle the demands of the high-end graphics application. You install the PCoIP host card and the View Agent on this workstation. The PCoIP host card connects to the graphics output of the GPU, encodes and encrypts the graphics output into the PCoIP protocol, and then provides remote access in the View environment.

The beauty of the PCoIP host card is that the workstation can be placed in the datacenter, and the graphics user can access the workstation remotely through a VMware View Client, free from the noise and heat of the high-end workstation. The user can access the high-end workstation through a View Client on a zero client (for highest performance) or from a thick or thin View Client, including a mobile device. As in any VMware View deployment, the application data remains secure in the datacenter.

VMware View and PCoIP Technology Architecture_v2

The diagram above illustrates the location of the graphics workstation. This workstation–with the PCoIP host card, a GPU, and the View Agent—is connected to the View Client through the View Connection Broker. Continue reading

Updated Optimization Scripts for Windows 7 Desktops in a VMware View Implementation

By Tina de Benedictis, End-User Computing, Technical Marketing

In a virtual desktop environment, optimizing desktops provides users with the best performance and reduces the load on virtual machine hosts and storage.  In the past, VMware has provided IT desktop administrators with scripts to optimize desktop images in a VMware View implementation.

With VMware View 5, we have added a user profile management feature: View Persona Management. This feature requires that you turn on the Volume Shadow Copy service (VSS), which was disabled in previous optimization scripts. We have enhanced the scripts in the VMware View Optimization Guide for Windows 7 so you can optimize desktops for a View 5 Persona Management implementation. Optimization scripts are now provided for desktops in a View implementation either with or without Persona Management. In addition, we provide a script to convert previously optimized Windows 7 View desktops so they are ready for Persona Management in View 5. Continue reading