ShmargeBack–Get IT!

Charge-back, Show-Back, Shmargeback, call it what you will but get off your duff and do it.  As I travel around and work with customers on building out their Private/Hybrid cloud strategies I’m amazed at how few organizations actually have a clue about what it costs to deliver IT services.  Sure, the CFO could look at…

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View 3.1 HID Filtering

With the release of View 3.1 we received some more flexibility with presenting/hiding Human Interface Devices  (think foot pedals for a transcriptionist, some type of bardcode scanners, etc). HID devices are filtered out by default as it would be a bad thing if your local mouse was redirected for example.  So to enable a specific…

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View 3.1 USB Redirection Improvements

As you probably have seen, View 3.1 GA’d yesterday.  One of the improvements listed in the release notes was: USB Improvements – View 3.1 offers more reliable and broader device support with reduced bandwidth consumption. A separate TCP/IP stream is used. From what I understand in talking to some people is that a lot of…

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VMware View Open Client

So…that crazy, proprietary company, VMware, today released the first open-source VDI client! (Just a small jab) 🙂 It’s actually a very exciting event in terms of the possibilities it opens up. Already out of the gates, VMware has announced in the press release a bunch of different partners that are leveraging this View Open client…

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Project Minty Fresh (Desktop)

The fresh flavor that lasts and lasts……that’s goal behind one of my customer’s latest desktop projects.  This customer has been working the View3 pre-release code for some time now.  Using View Composer, we now have the capability to very easily, and programmatically refresh a user’s desktop back to the original golden master image state.  View…

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Bring on the 10Gig Ethernet!

VMware recently updated its networking performance tests to see if the ESX hypervisor could efficiently leverage the ever-expanding bandwidth available at the Ethernet level. In short, it sure can! A single VM can effectively saturate a 10Gbps link when jumbo frames are enabled. But that’s not to say it can’t perform well with multiple virtual…

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VMware Compliance Center

Twice this week I have had customers contact me about how virtualization impacts their compliance with xyz (fill in your favorite regulation or bureaucratic oversight committee). In my effort to assist these customers, I was pleasantly surprised to find that VMware has launched it’s new Compliance Center portal on the VMware.com website. http://vmware.com/technology/security/compliance/ There is…

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Welcome To Myself

Hello all, My name is Rick Westrate. Aaron Sweemer has been gracious enough to invite me to contribute some I (hopefully) insightful content to his snazzy new site. Now what in the world would qualify me to comment on the world of virtualization you ask? Let’s set the record straight. I certainly do not claim…

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