These are just a few cool things that have stood out in my last couple of days of testing VMware View 4.5
View 4.5 sports an Adobe flex based interface – it’s fast, elegant and works well with Firefox, IE and Chrome.
It’s a vast improvement over the slow java web based interface of View 3 and 4.0.
Inclusion of a dashboard and the general layout have improved visibility of the desktop environment immensely.
Proper Windows 7 support
Better late than never
We now have Wyse P20′s connected via PCoiP to Windows 7 linked clones with two large wide screen LCDs.
Best thin client experience I have ever had on the LAN.
Improved PCoIP performance on the WAN
Over an ADSL home connection with 50-100ms latency, it seems much improved over View 4.0. Much Faster “clearing” or redraw of screen areas and much more responsive even with Window 7 “effects”.
Thinapp assignments to desktop pools and/or individual desktops
Create your thinapps, drop them on a network share and point your connection servers at the repository. From there assign apps or groups or apps to entire desktop pools or individual desktops. What could be easier?
Full event logging to a SQL or Oracle database
Great for security auditing, desktop and user history and SQL based web reports for management.
Huge upgrade for Persistent disks (for redirected user profiles)
Persistent disks are now fully manageble objects.
They can be detached and reattached to a desktop.
They can be archived when a desktop is deleted and then reattached to another.
They can live on separate storage.
A detached persistent disk can be used as a jumping point to create a new desktop with that disk assigned and the correct user assigned to the desktop.
Different data types on different Datastores
View 4.5 now allows you to seperate the replica, the persistent disks, the linked clones and disposable data (like swap files) on different datastores.
This opens up enormous performance optimization abilities, such as replicas on SSD and linked clones on 15K SAS/FC, while persistent disks and swap go onto slower cheaper SATA arrays.
Powershell comes to VMware View. Awesome.
A great collection of cmdlets for desktops, pools, users, persistent disks, connection servers, events and so on.