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Availability & Recoverability Matrix of View Components

While working for one of the View Design Project, I have to do lots of reading to ensure Horizon view components are highly available. Eventually I felt it would be excellent idea to  create below matrix to find Single Point Of Failure (SPOF), and how to address the SPOF at each layer (Service, OS, Hypervisor, Storage). Below I have listed…

Max Number of Virtual Machines and Spare Virtual Machines in Desktop Pools

In last post I discussed about impact of power policies. Well there is one more paramenter which also impacts power policies and spare virtual machines. Dependency is implicitly associated with spare virtual machines however its impact is minimal. However you must know about it. This setting is more relevant to floating pool, non-persistent desktop. And it is has nothing to do with persistent…

McAfee Move Antivirus Solution (Agent based/Agent less)?

EDIT 13th Dec, 2015: Please note with agent less solution you must have vShield Manager or NSX to deploy vShield Endpoint. While reviewing McAfee AV solution for Horizon View environment I had to made a decision whether to go Agent based on Agentless. I have made decision justification scenario below, hope it helps you. Design Decision Design Choice   Design…

Power Policies for Desktop Pools

I recently finished reading VCDX Boot Camp: Preparing for the VCDX Panel Defense. This is second time I’m reading the book. It is great refresher and as Technical Architect (which is my current role) aids me a lot in gathering requirements and how to validate the requirements of clients by focusing discussion around it. It has helped me rewiring brain.…

View Connection Server Tags

When I read it first, I thought I got it but when I attended question around it I failed. Glad that I failed, at least I learnt it thoroughly now. By default all desktop pool are available from all connection servers. e.g. User can access desktop as long as he is entitled to at least one desktop pool and connected…

KIOSK Mode considerations in View

why we need a KIOSK mode? Read the use cases in Mind map below.Kiosk is associated with virtual desktop using clientID/MAC Address of end point rather than user’s credentials. What is KIOSK mode? It is hardened desktop or trim down version of OS to provide access to common services which do not need authentication (a.k.a Anonymous use). These services are…

Mindmap for selecting between Persistent or Non-Persistent Desktop and Endpoint selection

I’m feeling quite great for two reasons 1) I have finally learnt how to use mind mapping 2) I’ve have rewired my brain to think of dependencies and impacts. Below is the mind map which will aid in selecting persistent or non-persistent desktops. Idea is provide dependencies, pre-requisites and use cases. In previous post, I had similar intentions and I…

Mindmap for Horizon View Storage Design Considerations

I have come up with mindmap which explains what are various considerations and dependency in calculating VDI storage requirements. Please note it is in DRAFT and will continue to be updated as when I learn about storage. I’m using MindMaple product for mindmapping. I found it very easy to use and customize. Above all it is free to use. In…

What to look before selecting VDI Pools

Following are various design aspects I have brain stormed which will allow to see which is better pool for your use case. Apparently my view is, you will need mix of both the pool.   Full Clone Linked Clone RDSH Availability Medium. User need to wait for his VM to come up. Less than 15 mins. Replication of VM is…

VMware Horizon View Pools–Part02

Continuing from our previous post User Assignment Dedicated desktops It is assigned to the individual. It means user gets same desktop every time she logs into view. Use case for Dedicated desktops It is recommended to have dedicated desktop if application cannot be published or it cannot be packaged. These application be could be user based license or might need…