Earlier this month (January 2018) VMware released Horizon 7.4, and with that I wanted to share some updates in regard to the network port requirements. My good colleagues over in the EUC Technical Marketing team are doing a fine job of maintaining the diagram and have recently published a white paper PDF which you’ll find here. It’s a beast of a document and highly recommended if you are deploying a VMware Horizon architecture in your environment.
An important consideration when using this network ports diagram, is that it doesn’t necessarily contain all non-VMware related ports such as Active Directory, DNS, NTP, SMB and so on. In fact one of my colleagues in the Office of the CTO mentioned this, since one of his customers ran into an issue where TCP port 135 was blocked, but this was required when joining a Pod to a federation (Cloud Pod Architecture). I thought this would be a good opportunity to describe what Cloud Pod Architecture is doing behind the scenes and provide some updates. Continue reading →
When looking for service providers for hosted infrastructure, some customers require dedicated infrastructure for their workloads. Whether the customer is looking for additional separation for security or more predictable performance of hosted workloads, service providers will need tools that enable them to provide dedicated hardware service for customers while reducing their operational overhead. In some scenarios, providers will implement managed vSphere environments for customers to satisfy this type of request and then manage the individual vSphere environments manually or with custom automation and orchestration tools. However, it is also possible to leverage vCloud Director to provide dedicated hardware per customer while also providing a central management platform for service providers to manage multiple tenants. In this post, we will explore how this can be accomplished with ‘out of the box’ functionality in vCloud Director.