May 25 2014

Install Horizon View Agent on non-vCenter managed Virtual Machines

According to the VMware Horizon View 5.3 documentation, you must install the VMware View Agent on Virtual Machines that are managed by a vCenter Server.

If you are however installing the View Agent on a non-vCenter managed VM (e.g. on a VMware Fusion or VMware Workstation VM) you have to give the VM a machine ID to convince the View Agent installer that it is running in a managed VM. In this case you won’t be prompted for a Connection Server name/address. To do this, just add the line = “foo” to the VMX file of the Virtual Machine.

Note that this is not officially supported by VMware.

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Mar 04 2014

What’s new in Horizon Mirage 4.4

VMware Horizon Mirage is a layered image-management solution that separates a desktop,laptop, or virtual endpoint into logical layers that are owned and managed by either your IT organization or the end user. You can update IT-managed layers while maintaining end-user files and personalization.

To maximize end-user productivity, snapshots and backups of layered endpoint images enable quick recovery or rollback in case of failure.

With today’s release of VMware Horizon Mirage 4.4 a few new features have been added:

  • Supports for Windows 8.0 and Windows 8.1 disaster recovery:
    • Restore lost, stolen, or broken beyond repair desktops and laptops with the Windows 8.0 or 8.1 operating systems. Additionally, disaster recovery can revert to previous snapshots, and can manage self-service file-level restores and file portal support.
  • Supports hardware refresh scenarios to restore a Windows 7 CVD on a new Windows 8
  • Horizon Mirage Edge Server:
    • A secured gateway that is deployed outside the Mirage data center environment, enabling end users to connect to the Mirage servers through corporate networks without the use of VPN.
  • Fast Windows 7 Migration:
    • Migration without uploading endpoint files and data
  • Easy upgrade for Horizon View with Mirage:
    • Easy 2-step View agent upgrade from Horizon View 5.3 to future releases using Horizon Mirage base or app layer technology removing the need for third party tools to upgrade the View agent
  • Web Console and File portal security enhancements:
    • From Horizon Mirage 4.4 on, these two portals only support SSL connections as an additional security layer to prevent from transmitting sensitive user data over the network


Horizon Mirage Product page

Horizon Mirage Download page

Horizon Mirage documentation page

Horizon Mirage Product Evaluation Center Page




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Jan 05 2014

Adding Workspace Desktop Installers to Horizon Workspace

To enable users to download the Horizon Workspace desktop clients and to automatically update the Horizon Workspace desktop client for Windows with a new version, you must add the Horizon Workspace desktop clients installer files to the downloads directory and to the auto-update directory on the data-va virtual machines.

For automatic update, the Horizon Workspace desktop client for Windows polls the Horizon Workspace server every two hours for a new version. When a new version is found, the Horizon Workspace desktop client is automatically updated.

Users must have administrator privileges on their computers to install and automatically update the desktop client.

  • Download the Horizon Workspace desktop client zip file from the VMware website
  • Log in to the data-va machine as the root user.
  • Copy the Horizon Workspace desktop client zip file to the /tmp directory on the data-va virtual machine.
  • To unzip and install the new clients to the downloads directory and to the directory that automatically updates users clients type /opt/vmware-hdva-installer/bin/ --install --clientfile /tmp/ This script unzips the file and copies the desktop clients installer files for Windows and for Mac computer to the /opt/zimbra/jetty/webapps/zimbra/downloads directory and for the automatic updates to the /opt/zimbra/jetty/webapps/zimbra/public/cds directory, and updates the URL parameter value for the downloads link.

  • Restart the data-va machine by typing “reboot” in the console

If you do not want the Horizon Workspace client to be auto-updating on Windows systems, you should install the client with the ENABLE_AUTOUPDATE=0 switch:

C:\VMware-Horizon-Workspace-nnn.exe /v HORIZONURL= ENABLE_AUTOUPDATE=0

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Nov 28 2013

VMware vCenter 5.5 and Microsoft SQL Cluster support

Even though a lot of people are running their VMware vCenter backend SQL database on a Microsoft SQL cluster, VMware vCenter 5.5 is the first version to actually support this.

To enable support for Microsoft SQL Clustering Service (MSCS) in vCenter Server 5.5 you have to enable the Microsoft SQL Clustering Service functionality on your vCenter Server:

  1. Connect to vCenter Server and navigate to C:\ProgramData\VMware\VMware VirtualCenter\.
  2. Create a backup of the current vpxd.cfg file
  3. Stop the VMware VirtualCenter Server service
  4. Open the vpxd.cfg file in a text editor.
  5. Set the recoverForAllError parameter to true:<vpxd>

  6. Save and close the vpxd.cfg file.
  7. Start the VMware VirtualCenter Server service.




VMware KB 1024051

VMware KB 2059560

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Nov 01 2013

Thinapp 5.0 released

Yesterday VMware released Thinapp 5.0

Most noticable differences with previous versions:

  • Support for 64-bit applications
  • Support for virtualizing Internet Explorer 10
  • Support for virtualizing Microsoft Office 2013
  • Support for virtualizing App Sense
  • Improvements in ThinDirect.adm(x) group policy files
  • Will be bundled with all the Horizon products, but will also remain to be available as a stand-alone product

The documentation can be found at

The release notes can be found at


The release notes states CONDITIONAL support for App Sense, 64-bit apps, office 2013 and Internet Exporer 10. I was unable to find out yet what these exact conditions are.

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Sep 11 2013

VMware Horizon Workspace: Installation and configuration fails

Today are two new important KBs that have been released regarding VMware Horizon Workspace version 1.5.0 Build 1220937

When installing VMware Horizon Workspace 1.5.0 Build 1220937, the installation and configuration fails. This issue is caused by expired passwords in the virtual machines that make up the Horizon Workspace vApp. The passwords expired as of 10 SEP 2013 and the issue is therefore only occurring since yesterday. VMware has released today two KB articles describing the problem and its resolution.

For new deployments see VMware KB 2059293

For existing deployments see VMware KB 2059395

A new horizon Workspace build is available (build number 1318295) from

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Jul 13 2013

Thinapp instructions for VMware Horizon View Client 5.4.0

Below are instructions to thinapp the VMware Horizon View Client. (version 5.4.0 build 1219906)

A Thinapp-ed version of the VMware Horizon View client might be very useful in situations where you do not want to or cannot install software on your Windows PC.


Capture & build machine:

  • Windows XP SP3 – 32 bit (fully patched)
  • Install latest VMware Thinapp version (4.7.3 build 891762 at the time of writing)
  • Make sure the capture & build machine has Internet access
  • Download the latest VMware Horizon View client for 32-bit Windows from
  • Copy the VMware Horizon View Client installation files to the capture & build machine
  • Install VMware Tools if they are not yet installed
  • Uninstall Microsoft Microsoft Visual C++



Launch Thinapp Setup Capture

Click “Prescan”

When the prescan is finished minimize the Setup Capture wizard


Application installation

Install VMware View Client

  • Custom setup: Do not install “USB redirection” component
  • Default View Connection Server: leave blank or type your preferred View connection server
  • Enhanced Single Sign-On: leave defaults
  • Create Shortcuts: Only select “Desktop”
  • When the installation finished there is no need to restart as drivers are not applicable for this package

Launch View Client

Select Options

Check “Autoconnect: Always connect to this server at startup”




Maximize the Setup Capture wizard

Click “Postscan”

Entry Points:

  • Select only “VMware Horizon View Client.exe”
  • Click “Next”

Manage with Horizon:

  • Do not select “Manage with VMware Horizon Application Manager”
  • Click “Next”


  • Select “Everyone”
  • Click “Next”


  • Select “Full write access..”
  • Click “Next”

Sandbox location:

  • Select “User Profile”
  • Click “Next”

Quality Assurance Statistics:

  • Select “No – Do not send any information to VMware”
  • Click “Next”

Project Settings:

  • Inventory name: VMware Horizon View Client
  • Project location: choose location where you want to store the thinapped application
  • Click “Next”

Package Settings:

  • Primary data container:
    • Select “Use one of the entry points:”
  • Do not select “Generate MSI package”
  • Do not select “Compress virtual package”
  • Click “Save”

Ready to build

  • Click “Open Project Folder”
  • A new Windows Explorer window will open automatically
  • Delete the below from the project folder

%Common AppData%\VMware\VDM\logs

> debug and log txt files

%Local AppData%\VMware\VDM\logs

> debug and log txt files

%Program Files Common%\VMware

> VMware Virtual Printing (this feature is not available in ThinApp virtual application)

%ProgramFilesDir%\VMware\VMware View\Client\bin






%ProgramFilesDir%\VMware\VMware View\Client\bin\messages

> all folders (EXCEPT “en” if it is available)

%ProgramFilesDir%\VMware\VMware View\Client\DCT

%ProgramFilesDir%\VMware\VMware View\Client\extras

> vdm_client.adm


  • Close the Windows explorer folder
  • Click “Edit Package.ini”

Notepad will open the file package.ini

Change “Compressiontype=None” to “CompressionType=Fast”

Change “;MSIStreaming=0” to “MSIStreaming=1” Make sure you remove the “;” before the line

Add the following lines just before the [Isolation] section



Close notepad and save the file package.ini in it’s default location

  • Click “Build”
  • Click “Finish”


The end result is a single executable file of +/- 62 MB

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Jul 12 2013

Gartner Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure – 3 Year Evolution


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Jul 11 2013

VMware Horizon View 5.2 Feature Pack 2 released

Today, VMware released Horizon View 5.2 feature pack 2, which includes 2 new features:

  • Real-Time Audio-Video (also sometimes referred to as Multi Media Device Re-Direction MMRD)
  • Flash URL redirection

Real-Time Audio-Video (RTAV)

With the boom in social networking applications and media in general, there is a high demand for the ability to use multimedia devices on View desktops with popular applications such as Skype, Google talk and Cisco WebEx.

RTAV enables View desktop users to easily use webcam and audio-in devices for use in video and/or audio conferencing applications with good throughput for both audio and video.

How it works

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Apr 12 2013

VMware Horizon Workspace Management URLs

URL Function Explanation
https://HorizonWorkspaceFQDN/admin Administrator Web interface (Active Directory user) Manage the Catalog, users and groups, entitlements, reports, etc. (Login as Active Directory user with administrator role.)
https://HorizonWorkspaceFQDN/SAAS/login/0 Administrator Web interface (non-Active Directory user) Use this URL if you cannot login as the Active Directory user with the administrator role. (Log in as an administrator using the username admin and the password you set during configuration.)
https://HorizonWorkspaceFQDN/web Web Client (end user) Manage files, launch applications, or launch View pools. (Login as an Active Directory user or virtual user.)
https://ConnectorHostname/hc/admin/ Connector Web interface Configure additional ThinApp settings, View pool settings, check directory sync status, or alerts. (Log in as an administrator using the password you set during configuration.)
https://ConfiguratorHostname/cfg Configurator Web interface See system information, check modules, set license key, or set admin password. (Log in as an administrator using the password you set during configuration.)


See also

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