VMware View 4.6 (Now with more PCoIP)

March 5, 2011 — Leave a comment

VMware have introduced View 4.6 which as anticipated has introduced PCoIP to the WAN without the need for an SSL VPN. There are a number of other new features and updates in the release, such as increased USB support specifically to assist with iPhone and iPad syncing, Windows 7 SP1 support and more than 160 bug fixes! Full details of what is included in the release check out the release notes here >> http://www.vmware.com/support/view46/doc/view-46-release-notes.html

Since VMware introduced View 4 with PCoIP (the technology that they license from Teradici) in 2009 their security server product hasn’t support PCoIP,  this resulted in users wishing to make use of the protocol having to use a separate SSL VPN product. The primary reason for this was the fact PCoIP is a UDP technology and SSL that VMware uses for it’s security server being TCP. When having to wrap PCoIP’s UDP stream inside a TCP stream a lot of the benefits were lost.

VMware’s new security server now incorporates a PCoIP gateway, the new security server can only be installed Windows 2008 R2 but can still co-exist with View Connection Servers that are on 2003(R2) or 2008 non R2. You will need to open ports 443 for SSL, 80 for none SSL connections and 4172 (TCP an UDP) for PCoIP.

The View 4.6 Architecture Planning guide does a very good job of explaining various components and ports requirements >> http://www.vmware.com/pdf/view-46-architecture-planning.pdf

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Full details of installation of the new security server elements can be found in the installation guide >> http://www.vmware.com/pdf/view-46-installation.pdf

It is important to remember when configuring the PCoIP external URL during the installation that this must be the external IP address and port that external clients can use to reach the security server, this mustn’t be a DNS name.

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For any assistance with troubleshooting the PCoIP gateway VMware have put together a very detailed KB article http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1034825

Mark Benson – View Architect at VMware has put together a brilliant video on View 4.6’s PCoIP gateway, it covers the functionality and configuration, I have embedded below or it can be viewed direct on YouTube here >> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wi2TfLzooww&feature=player_embedded#at=2173 , be warned it is nearly 40minutes long but well worth watching.

Alongside the new release of View 4.6 was ThinApp 4.6.1 introducing improvements in packaging Microsoft Office 2010, for a full list of the new features head over to VMware’s ThinApp blog where they have put a what’s new blog post together. >> http://blogs.vmware.com/thinapp/2011/02/vmware-thinapp-461-whats-new.html

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