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Performance Enhancements in View 5.2

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View 5.2 became generally available today, and we wanted to take this opportunity to present a high-level overview of some of the performance enhancements that debut with View 5.2 and PCoIP. In this release, PCoIP’s image cache has been significantly improved to allow users on memory constrained devices to run with much smaller cache sizes; Read more...

Turbo-charge View Video Performance

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For desktop VMs using VMXnet3 NICs, you can significantly improve the peak video playback performance of your View desktop by simply setting the following registry setting to the value recommended by Microsoft: HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Afd\Parameters\FastSendDatagramThreshold to 1500 [As discussed in a Microsoft KB article here] [N.B. A reboot of the desktop VM is required after changing this Read more...

ThinApped VMware View Clients – a Zero-install solution

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Looking around the various VDI forums, there's usually some discussion of VDI clients that don't require any additional plug-ins, add-ons or installation of any kind on the end user device – a zero-install solution. While this discussion is usually focused on access via web browsers, I've recently been playing with ThinApp to deliver a zero-install Read more...

View 5.1 Performance

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In addition to the numerous enhancements detailed here, View 5.1 debuts a number of significant enhancements and optimizations to the PCoIP protocol. In this blog, we detail some of the most beneficial:  PCoIP efficiency Continuing refinements to compression protocols and general performance optimization deliver further improvements in PCoIP efficiency and corresponding reductions in CPU consumption. Read more...

Comprehensive User Experience Monitoring

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In previous posts and VMworld presentations we have talked about scaling VDI solutions, various VDI performance considerations, and bandwidth/quality tradeoffs.  In the inaugural issue of the VMware Technical Journal, we talk about the techniques we have developed to enable the automated monitoring of user experience for virtual desktop deployments (VDI), application remoting, cloud computing & Read more...

VMware View 5 outperforms Citrix XenDesktop

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Principled Technologies has just released an interesting whitepaper comparing the performance of VMware View 5 with Citrix XenDesktop 5.5 — the doc can be found here. In this paper, View and XenDesktop are compared using LoginVSI, for both the light and medium workloads, and both network and CPU utilization data are presented. The key benefit Read more...

VMware View 5 resource optimization

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In last week’s post, we discussed 4 simple settings that we have observed deliver significant resource savings, while preserving user experience for typical desktop users. While we discussed the benefits of each setting in isolation, I just wanted to illustrate the overall gains. For runs using View Planner (which simulates a typical office user, with Read more...

4 simple resource optimizations for VMware View 5

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By default the VMware View PCoIP protocol dynamically optimizes for the best user experience for the given resource constraints. In the majority of environments, this is the desired approach. However, there can be times where individual users or group administrators are interested in different resource utilization policies and in past blogs and whitepapers we have Read more...

VMware View 5 Network Optimization

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PCoIP is an adaptive protocol that works to deliver the best possible user experience for any given network and CPU constraints. In the majority of environments, this is the desired approach. However, there can be times where individual users or group administrators are interested in different resource utilization policies. For instance, administrators may not want Read more...

VMware View 5.0 Performance and Best Practices White Paper

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Following up from our presentation’s at the recent VMworld discussing VMware View 5.0, we are pleased to announce the availability of our VMware View 5.0 Performance and Best Practices white paper. This paper highlights; -          Optimizations to the View PCoIP protocol that deliver bandwidth savings of up to 75% and improved consolidation ratios of up Read more...