Release: VMware View 4.0.1 Now Available

The View team is happy to announce the availability of VMware View 4.0.1, a maintenance release which includes bug fixes and resolutions to known issues such as the following:

  • Single sign-on support using PCoIP for third party providers such as Sentillion and Imprivata
  • Support for Virtual Printing (ThinPrint) with PCoIP enabled virtual desktops
  • Localization of the View clients and documentation in French, German, Japanese and Simplified Chinese
  • Support for international keyboards

This release is available as a free upgrade to customers with a currently active VMware View Support and Subscription (SnS) contract. 

For more details on this release please see the release notes here: http://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/view_pubs.html

4.0.1 is available for download here

For more information and to evaluate VMware View, please visit the VMware View website here

Keeping your old domain profile

Have you ever run into a situation where you needed to join a new domain but keep the old profile?  One of our senior engineers (Greg Prawl) provided this information to me the other day when I was doing a domain migration from SBS 2003 to SBS 2008.  This process allows you to keep the old domain profile when you join a new domain. 

This comes in handy because when you run the connect computer wizard (http://connect), you will only see local profiles. There is documentation out there that will suggest you create a local profile and then copy the domain profile information over to that local profile; however you can still lose settings and even worse time by following this method.

Here is an easy way to do this

Log into the machine as an administrator (domain/local)

Make a note of the profile that you want to keep (ie c:documents and settingsprofileyouwanttokeep)

Join them to the new domain (It will ask you for a username/password for the new domain, log in as an domain administrator).

Restart the computer (This does not remove the old domain profile)

Log them in under their domain account then log off.  (This creates the new domain profile)

Log on as Administrator (of the domain) and add the domain user to the local administrators group.

Go into Regedit and go to (Start, Run, type regedit in the command line and click OK);
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionProfileList
an you will see a lot of keys starting with S-1-5- etc.  If you browse through them you will find these are the profiles stored on the PC.  Look for the ‘Profileimagepath’ line and find the one with the profile you want to keep. Copy the entry and paste it over the new domain users account in the same field (ie c:documents and settingsnewdomainuser.domain).

Log off and log back on as the new domain user and you will have all the same settings desktop etc.

All you are doing basically is tricking the computer to use the original profile. The domain user MUST have the permissions set to be able to access the original profile, so please make sure that you either have them set as a local administrator or give them full permissions on the old domain folder.

HP Lefthand Storageworks Useful Info and Websites

Contacting HP Lefthand Support:

We’ve posted the best way to contact HP Lefthand over on our Vendor Contact Cheat Sheet, located here:
http://blog.lewan.com/vendor-contact-cheat-sheet/
– Just look under “HP Lefthand”.

Useful HP Lefthand Websites & Info:

HP Lefthand Overview, Design and Sizing Video:
http://hpbroadband.com/(S(xkf0aif0rhkdyu55mbr0gwbx))/program.aspx?key=MPRNRKDDIK

HTTP Site to download 30-day evaluation VSA
https://h20392.www2.hp.com/portal/swdepot/displayProductsList.do?category=SWSDED&jumpid=reg_R1002_USEN

VSA Install – Video Demonstration
http://h30431.www3.hp.com/index.jsp?fr_story=9eea6c687837deee30ef7b002ef60f2dcc5dd85c&rf=bm

More HP P4000 documents
http://h20195.www2.hp.com/v2/erl.aspx?keywords=p4000+lefthand&logic=OR&numberitems=25&query=yes

Resources:
Two different sites:
http://www.hp.com/go/p4000
http://www.hp.com/go/lefthandsans

Manuals (bunch of really good stuff and some old outdated stuff):
http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DocumentIndex.jsp?contentType=SupportManual&lang=en&cc=us&docIndexId=64179&taskId=101&prodTypeId=12169&prodSeriesId=3936136

Resource Library
http://h20195.www2.hp.com/v2/erl.aspx?keywords=p4000+lefthand&logic=OR&numberitems=25&query=yes

Software and Code Location
See our other blog post, located here:
http://blog.lewan.com/2009/09/14/easy-ftp-links-to-hp-lefthand-networks-software-and-code/

Latest (as of this post) HP Firmware Maintenance Update CD (v8.70):
http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareDescription.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&prodTypeId=15351&prodSeriesId=3579900&swItem=MTX-cdee9b93a98c43bb95653f9d41&mode=3
*Please doublecheck with HP Lefthand Support to make sure the latest version of the Firmware Maintenance CD is supported on your exact units.*

VMware Partner Exchange 2010

Rudd and I are back from Vegas after attending the VMware Partner Exchange 2010. There was a lot of good information, but unfortunately a lot of it was covered by NDA.. It was nice to see more about the VCDX certification from VMware, the new version of View (View v4.5) as well as some other “futures”.

Duncan over at Yellow-Bricks.com has posted a good review, located here:
http://www.yellow-bricks.com/2010/02/13/vmware-partner-exchange-2010/

There were some best practices that I took notes on and will be posting those soon, but in the meantime, feel free to read the following links from others that were there too:

  • Gabe’s Virtual World –  News from VMware Partner Exchange
  • Brian Knudtson
  • Scott Lowe – Session 1Session 2Session 3
  • Steve Jin – PEX Day 1|partyDay 2Day 3 –  Day 4
  • Chad Sakac – VMware Partner Exchange 2010 from where I sat…
  • VMware Thinapp Buildcache

    If you’ve spent any time building large Thinapp packages then perhaps you’ve run into the problem of running out of hard drive space on the C: partition.  For me it was when I was trying to build an Office 2007 SP2 package on Windows XP SP3 and the template I used had only 8GB of local disk space.  First I added a new virtual disk to the virtual machine and did my builds on that drive but I was still running out of space on the C: drive.  After a minute of looking I found this folder C:Documents and SettingsAdministratorLocal SettingsApplication DataThinstallBuildCache.  I first tried a couple of VMware articles that said you could change the location of this cache by using environment variables, which I did but did not have any effect.  I then found a forum post that said this buildcache could not be moved: http://communities.vmware.com/message/1224058

    After a couple minutes of thought I said the heck with this and created a mount path to my newly added drive and now my package is off to the races.  In case you don’t know how to do a mountpath on Windows here’s a link: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307889

    In the future, I would recommend making VERY large c: partitions for your Windows XP VMware Thinapp build VM’s or be ready for lots of failures.