Below is a very quick bulleted list overview of what’s new to the View 4.5 release. It’s not intended for those new to the product or to be completely comprehensive.
In the Beta/RC Programme, PCoIP was still NOT compatible with the VMware Security Server. Sadly, this appears to still be the case in the final GA. I’m hoping that VMware with retrofit View4.5 with some kind of VPN solution sometime later
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- The Virtual Profile (aka Persona Management) feature was withdrawn in the Beta2 version of View 4.5. As such I have removed it from this guide, but will re-instate as soon as VMware adds back in
- New ThinApp Integration which allows you to publish ThinApps to the pool and automate their installation or streaming to the virtual desktop
- New and Improved Administration tools based on Adobe Air
- Folder structures within the View Administration Console
- Integrated Backup of the View server configuration – with auto-backup enabled
- Full Apple Mac OS X Client (RDP only, as yet no support for PCoIP)
- Web page download for the full client – the ActiveX based client has been discontinued
- Adobe Flash management to change both quality and bandwidth throttling to control the amount of bandwidth used for Flash video content in web pages
- Connection Server Restrictions to allow you to control which connection servers provide the desktop to specific pools
- New Transfer Server role dedicated to providing Local Mode (formerly Offline) desktops
- New Event Database configuration for storing all View events
- A new more streamlined and secure install process for the Security Server, so no need to edit and copy the locked.properties file
- Support for administration with PowerShell and the VMware PowerCLI
- Support for integration with Microsoft SCOM
- Improved controls over the location of the virtual disks that make up the virtual desktop, which allows you to put write intensive data on faster storage – referred to as tiered storage.
Whether these enhancements and improvements will help VMware close the gap on their chief rival, Citrix – is a matter of debate. In the past I personally balked at writing a guide to View. I just thought the product was so simple, so basic, and so crude as to not warrant one. With the arrival of View 4.5 my position changed. It’s becoming a much more flexible beast – and I felt it was product I could really get my teeth into without feeling like I was patronizing my audience.
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Download the full “Administering VMware View 4.5” Guide (21 Chapters). The full guide contains additional step-by-step instructions and screen shots in each chapter.
This was first published in September 2010