In part 1 of this series, we built a Windows 10 desktop using HashiCorp Packer. Now we will script the installation of the VDI agents needed for our VMware Horizon environment. After this, we will patch the box with the latest updates, before applying the VMware OS Optimization Tool to produce a lean and clean image. In the last part, we will automate the solution using VMware Code Stream.
In previous consultancies I’ve worked, it was common practice to frequently patch corporate VDI templates. Whilst continuous patching is a good thing, it is quite often laborious. Any attempt to automate this is seen as difficult and organizations often give up and continue with manual processes. Here I will show how it can be done using Code Stream and HashiCorp Packer. Continue reading
On 20 June 2017 VMware released the latest version of Horizon View – 7.2. Whilst this release contained a number of product features and enhancements, one of the ones most helpful to teams supporting VDI implementations in the new Helpdesk Tool Continue reading
Earlier this week I created a tenant in HobbitCloud for a friend with his own development company. He needs to leverage the power of Infrastructure-as-a-Service, but is unwilling to move to the public cloud for all his workloads just yet. However, now that HobbitCloud is accessible externally, it was clear I had to increase security. Continue reading
Late last year I worked on a vRealize Automation project for customer in the training industry. They required their users to be able to request a Horizon View desktop from the self-service catalog, and subject to approval, one is provisioned. This week I wanted to replicate this in the lab as a full Desktop-as-a-Service model. Continue reading
With the advent of Office 365 and a raft of SaaS applications now available, I’ve been a big fan of Linux on the desktop for quite a while. Customers are no longer forced to use Windows unless they choose to – other options are available. In this session we learn more about the exciting opportunities available with Linux in the EUC space. Continue reading
Earlier this week I wanted to trial Windows 10 with VMware Horizon View and User Environment Manager in my lab.
Unfortunately setting up Linked Clones like this isn’t straight forward from a licencing standpoint, so a few adjustments had to be made. Continue reading
In my final part in my series on Implementing a VMware Virtual Desktop Infrastructure with Horizon View 6.2 I showed how to deploy the View Access Point using ovftool. However, thanks to Chris Halstead there is an easier way. He has developed a tool to take the pain out of the deployment. Continue reading
Today VMware Labs released a new version of the Horizon Toolbox 2. This is a useful add-on which extends the management capabilities of any existing VMware View implementation. If you administer a VDI installation on a daily basis then I’m sure you’ll find a number of its features useful. Continue reading
In part 7 we configured our F5 devices to load-balance traffic to the VMware View Connection Servers.
In the final part of this series we deploy a View Access Point in the DMZ to provide access to desktop and published applications to remote users.