2 Week to learn Horizon View Challenge – Day 1.

I have been presented today with an opportunity to design and implement a small VDI setup for an Open Day my organisation is having in two weeks to show what we are aiming to provide as a solution next year. For those that don’t know, I currently work as IT support in a secondary school here is Brisbane; we have just started looking at BYOD options for 2015 and VDI is looking like an option.

My first thought was “Sweet, time to rack stack, run up a couple of VMs and connect a few different devices.”  Sounds pretty easy, well.. to be honest, this is really the first I’ve had to deal with VDI. I’ve played around with Citrix XenApp at home, but nothing like this.

So with this as a slight bump, I have decided to embark on a 2 week challenge to study/learn, design and implement a small scale enterprise VDI infrastructure using VMware Horizon View.

Tonight and tomorrow night are going to be a couple of slow evenings with content as I find what I need, however, I am off and reading up.

Day 1. 

Tonight wasn’t quite the best night to start, limited time as I had other plans beforehand, but none the less, I have got straight in and started with the basics. I have watched 2 CBT Nugget videos of the Horizon View 5 – VCP5-DT with Greg Shields (series and read the first chapter of Building End User Computing Solutions with VMware View by Mike Laverick () and Barry Coombs () : http://www.lulu.com/shop/mike-laverick-and-barry-coombs/building-end-user-computing-solutions-with-vmware-view/ebook/product-20368612.html

There are multiple components that go hand in hand to create a View infrastructure. Each of these are required to do specific tasks to streamline the experience for the end user. 

Connection Server:  The Connection Server is designed to be the link between the end user and the environment to which they are connecting to. This server authenticated the link and opens the view for the user to see. This can also be referred to as “The Broker”.  The Connection server leverages AD for authentication purposes. 

View Composer: The View Composer is service/application that sits along side your vCenter Server to build Master Images or link clones. 

Agent: Installs inside the VM OS to add extra functionality to the VM. 

Client: The client is installed on the End User computer to allow the user to connect to the connection server and pull up their Virtual Desktop environment. 

View Administrator: Connects to the Connection Server to control and manage the View infrastructure. Used to instruct View Connection Server to work with ESXi Servers. View Administrator also controls vcenter Server and View Composer.

Security Server:  The Security Server is designed to sit inside your DMZ or private network to securely connect your clients to your environment.

Each component downloads as a separate .exe from the VMware website. 

As I said early, this was a short night, and hopefully within the next couple of days I can get stuck into large amounts of content. Tomorrow I will be starting to put my lab together and will hopefully have some pretty pictures to add to these posts.

Thank you for reading. If you have an suggestions or comments. please leave a comment below or contact me.




VMUG FeedForward

It brings something warm to my heart every time I see a twitter post, or a blog about something new, or something exciting happening at VMUGs all around the world. I still feel fairly fresh to the VMUG community scene, only having joined mid last year, and only attended several VMUGs since joining, but it is a great community to be a part of and I feel very welcome.

Mike Laverick ( – UK) is a huge advocate for VMUGs in getting the members involved, whether it be presenting or helping to put a conference together. All the time I see posts and videos where Mike is talking about new ways in which a member can step in and be in the spotlight.  
One thing of late that Mike is really, really excited about (I think he’s more excited about this than meeting Elvis) is a new program starting up in VMUGs around the world called FeedForward. The idea of FeedForward is to create mentors for future presenters – Feeding Forward support and ideas before a presentation.   When a presentation is over, there is usually time for Feedback to the presenter, however, this doesn’t help prepare for the presentation that has already taken place.  The FeedFoward program will assign a mentor to you so that can run through your material and give you tips on improving your content and giving you the confidence for your presentation. 
If you are interested in presenting at your local VMUG or even becoming a mentor to help shape those in your community to present to your VMUG chapter, then get in contact with your local VMUG Leader to find out how you can make a change!

Keep and eye out here for more: http://www.vmug.com/feedforward


vExpert 2014 – Thank you all!

Hello Everyone!

I just want to say a big thank you to everyone who has read my blog, I know there isn’t that much on here and possibly some stuff is also available on other blogs and websites. I am, however, grateful to be accepted as a vExpert for 2014.  This has been a great feeling as it allows me to know that I am recognised for my contributions and involvement in VMUGs and the greater community.

As I mentioned in my last post, I am currently working on a new project that is still in the works, but team and I are very excited about what it will bring. I hope you keep your eyes out as it will hopefully be ready in the next week or two.

Applications are now open for round 2 of this years vExpert intake. If you would like to apply please follow this link to find out more. http://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/2014/04/vexpert-2014-q2-applications-open.html

Thanks again to you all. If there is anything you would like me to research and write about, or any suggestions for the blog, please leave a comment or contact me by my contact details on the contact page.

Thank You.