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VMware EUC Portfolio: What’s New in View 5.1

By Lebin Cheng, Group Product Manager, End-User Computing

Announced today as a key component of VMware’s End-User Computing Portfolio, VMware View™ 5.1 continues to help IT organizations empower a more agile, productive and connected business by enabling a better desktop for the Post-PC era.

VMware View 5.1, we continue to build upon the advancements released in View 5. We decreased the TCO by optimizing storage reads, improved desktop migration and large scale management, and further enhanced the user-experience with lower bandwidth and client diversity.

Lower Total Cost of Ownership

Storage Optimization New in View 5.1, View Storage Accelerator is a technology that reduces storage loads generated by peak VDI storage reads caching the common blocks of desktop images into local host memory. The Accelerator leverages a VMware vSphere (version 5.0 or later) platform feature called Content Based Read Cache (CBRC) implemented inside the ESX/ESXi hypervisor. When enabled for specific VMs, the host hypervisor scans the storage disk blocks to generate digests of the block contents. When these blocks are read into the hypervisor, they are cached in the host based CBRC. Subsequent reads of blocks with the same digest will be served from the in-memory cache directly.  This significantly improves the desktop performance, especially during boot storms or anti-virus scanning storms when a large number of blocks with identical contents are read. 

Simplify Desktop Management and Deployment

View Persona Management To help with physical to virtual desktop migrations, we’ve extended View Persona Management to physical desktops.  This new feature also enables Windows XP to Windows 7 migration. The View Persona Management agent can be installed without the VMware View agent on physical desktops belonging to the same licensed VMware View desktop end-users.

During a physical to virtual migration, an administrator can first install View Persona Management on the physical desktop. When the same user uses a virtual desktop with Persona Management enabled, user data and settings are automatically synchronized. We also extend Persona Management to support a one-time Windows XP to Windows 7 migration.

VMware vCenter Operations for View New for VMware View 5.1, we have integrated with our management products to give you VMware vCenter Operations (vCOps) Manager for View.  Optimized for virtual desktop deployments, VMware vCenter Operations Manager for View provides end-to-end monitoring of desktops and users, displayed with user friendly dashboards, to help identify, troubleshoot, and trend potential issues.

View Administrator Enhancements Some customers deploy VMware View in a restrictive environment in which write access to the Active Directory is prohibited. In this new version of View, an administrator can set a configuration option to reuse existing machine accounts in AD during the provisioning process.

As the numbers of VMware View deployments grow, our customers are expanding the scale of their View virtual desktop programs. Enhancements made in VMware View 5.1, make management at scale easier. VMware View Composer server in View 5.1 can be installed in a standalone server. An administrator can also configure VMware View Connection Server (via vdmadmin command line tool) to log events in syslog rather than a database.

Last but not least, View Admin UI response time has been greatly improved in a large-scale environment.

View Administrator Language Support To serve a growing international customer base, the View Admin UI is localized to five major non-English languages: French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Simplified Chinese.

Create the Best End-User Experience

USB Enhancements We have reworked the USB redirect feature for the Windows client.  The new USB feature no longer requires device driver to be installed on the client side. A generic USB arbitrator is implemented on the client side, while a proper USB hub is implemented in the agent. This allows VMware View to support a much broader range of USB devices while supporting fine-grained remote device policy (e.g. enable/disable mass storage file copy) even on multi-function USB devices.

RADIUS Support Based on customer feedback, we’ve extended the security authentication support in VMware View to other two-factor authentication vendors leveraging a RADIUS client in the View 5.1 Connection Server. This gives you more choice when implementing single sign-on or security tokens into your virtual desktops.

Continued PCoIP Enhancements We also continuously strive to enhance the PCoIP remote protocol following the significant progress made in version 5.0. We realize that optimal remote protocol performance cannot be achieved with code improvement alone. To help our customers make the right choice in protocol with proper performance tuning, we published a white paper comparing the tuning and test results of all state-of-the-art remote protocols: http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/techpaper/PCoIPvHDXsinglesession03-05-12.pdf

Read more about the other products launched as part of our VMware End-User Computing portfolio announcement and register for the VMware End-User Computing Virtual Conference on May 3rd, 8:30am to hear more.