Archives for September 2011


#VDI Tip 45: #View5 Persistent disks with Persona Management FTW

On #VDI Tip #37 I had gotten the idea from Jason Langone to use persistent disks to manage application performance from his article Deploying Dragon Medical with VMware View: Solution Overview The same holds true for Persona Management that is bundled with VMware View 5. Using persistent disks can act as cache to speed up log on times.

View 5 Persona Management from RTO acts in the following ways:

    User profile on a remote repository that is configured on a network

    Persona files are dynamically downloaded as the user needs them

    Persona Management does not need to download data that is the same on the local and the remote

    Persona Management is defaulted to sync to the share every 10 mins.

With using Persistent Disks and the bundled Persona Management you have a good disaster recovery option and users still have fast log on times. I also like this method without redirection in cases where you don’t have much control over the network: for example, a slow DFS share.


#VDI Tip 44: Disable build to lossless for WAN and contraineted wireless areas

Disable build to lossless for WAN or heavy contrainsted wireless areas. This can be done via GPO’s that are placed on the connection server.

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#VDI Tip 43: Slow IE 9 Performance and Printing in VDI via @RonOglesby

Get the full scoop on why IE 9 can peform slowy in VDI environment ->


Tech Field Day 8: Get Your Popcorn Ready

Another Tech Field Day is almost ready to begin this week on September 15 and 16. Checkout the full schedule at TechFieldDay. Watch the live stream and ask the questions you want from twitter. It’s a great event of people asking questions that have no loyalty towards the products\solutions. This Tech Field Day is Datacenter based and really has a great line up of companies. I am really looking forward to Nutanix and SoildFire.

Get your popcorn ready and checkout some vendors in the comfort of your own private boardroom.


#VDI Tip 42: No more than 7 Connection Brokers

You shouldn’t have more than 7 connection brokers for any one pod of VMware View desktops. VMware allows for 7 but 2 are should used for maintenance tasks and should not be accepting connections.


ThinApp Factory

Let’s start pumping out those ThinApps! Most of the information below is directly from the hands on lab from VMworld. I haven’t see a lot of information on ThinApp factory so I thought I would share with the folks that couldn’t attend VMworld. Lots of videos about Project Octopus and AppBlast though.

ThinApp Factory is a Virtual Appliance you install wither on your vSphere environment or on a VMware Workstation. It uses ThinApp to create the Virtual application for easy deployment for easy deployment to end-users. Applications can be deployed by giving access to a file share that has msi’s available or by using feeds. You are able to make your own feeds are use ones provided from 3rd parties. When a new version of an application is made available via feed, ThinApp factory can automatically download and covert into a ThinApp package without any user intervention.

ThinApp Factory offers a self-service portal so end-users can choose which application to deploy.

ThinApp factory also includes a GUI for changing the advanced ini and regisrty settings. It’s very similar to the work done at ThinApp Helper. Sorry for the blurry image but there wasn’t any tools to capture any better while working on the lab.

I hope there is some View intergration and the ability to pick the source type for the packaging machine; for example, to ability to pick Windows XP to ThinApp or the ability to select Windows7. Since it was just a preview, time will tell.