VCI Day 2013

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VCI Day is a day that is hosted before each of the respective VMworlds. It gives us an opportunity to share what’s coming up from the point of view of products and courses. While I can’t talk about that stuff (it’ll all be out in the next 10 years, whatever “it” is 😉 ) I will say that it is heartening to see so many who attended from this elite group (there are about 700+ VCIs worldwide).

Part 4 of Certificates for Horizon View 5.2: Exporting the Key

This final part of the four part series on how to add certificates to Horizon View. For a lab environment it may not be necessary to do this since it is, after all, just a lab environment. All the screenshots were taken from a 2008 Active Directory server and 2008 Connection server. They may be different for Windows 2012 Active Directory (as of writing, Windows 2012 was not yet supported for the Connection Server).

Continue reading Part 4 of Certificates for Horizon View 5.2: Exporting the Key

VMware Education: Free Videos

FreeF-R-E-E. One of those four letter words that isn’t often spoken. But it doesn’t have to be a bad one. While most of the courses we offer at VMware have a price associated with them there is some stuff we offer for free. Most notably have been a series of videos I’ve been part of creating. The main site can be found at VMwareLearning.com.

The idea behind the videos is to give you a basic understanding of various parts of products and our courseware itself. For more a more in-depth, hands-on experience attending a class with an instructor becomes worth it.

I did two sets for the areas I cover:

Horizon View 5.2 and View 5.x

Horizon Mirage 4.0

Any comments or areas you think we should add please let me know. 🙂

VMworld 2013: Are you going?

Time to Celebrate!

This will be my 3rd VMworld and it’s a special one. This year will mark our 10th VMworld conference and the company’s 15th year of creating great stuff. It should be a lot of fantastic sessions and some good hands-on lab experience.

Although I won’t be speaking at any of the sessions I will be doing the pre-conference training. This year I will be doing View Design Best Practises (running Thursday to Saturday this week). During the conference itself I can be found either at the Education Community Bar (in the Hang Space) or at the Certification Lounge. I’ll probably post up common questions here as they come in there.

During the evenings I’ll probably attend a variety of events but likely will finish the evening at one of the cigar bars. I’m on the waitlist for the “official” vHERF but if I’m unable to get in there, I’ll likely be found at the Cigar Bar and Grill. While a bit more pricier than other places, it has one of the nicest outdoor areas to enjoy a cigar. Last year, I hung out here almost every night. If you’re up for it, let me know and I’ll make sure to meet you there. 🙂

To find out what other VMworld Gatherings are going on during the week, check out this list and register.

Part 3 of Certificates for Horizon View 5.2: Creating the Certificate

So this particular article continues on from Part 1 and Part 2 of this series on Certificates for Horizon. Although I did this solely for a single Connection server, it can be done for others as well. Part 4 will look at creating a trusted key for the likes of a Security server. I did this entirely for a lab environment but you can certainly do this for a production environment.

Continue reading Part 3 of Certificates for Horizon View 5.2: Creating the Certificate

Part 2 of Certificates for Horizon View 5.2: Getting the certificate templates made

So to continue the certificate process for Horizon 5.2, we’ll take a look as to how to create a certificate template. A certificate template basically allows an AD administrator to create a pre-made list of certificate options that users and computers can use when enrolling for certificates without having to create complex certificate requests. This can help streamline the process of adding Horizon View clients, desktops and so on in the environment without having to create and configure individual certificates.

Continue reading Part 2 of Certificates for Horizon View 5.2: Getting the certificate templates made

YAY! I have a working home lab

excited2-smIt’s really cool to have this lab setup at home. I ended up doing a traditional install (DVD) of ESXi on each of the MacMinis. Trying to create bootable USBs didn’t seem to work. What’s even better is that the KVM worked like a charm, even during install. This means that if I decide to get a 3rd MacMini for my own nefarious purposes (rather than as an ESXi system) it can be added and I can use that. The actual install, once I had installable media, was very easy. A lot of thanks goes to William Lam and his blog entry at Virtually Ghetto that has a pre-created ESXi 5.1 with the necessary MacMini drivers. Continue reading YAY! I have a working home lab

Figures..

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Sometimes the mind doesn’t seem to be all there..

I have all my bits for my home lab.. except blank DVDs. Sigh. Too many meetings today and too much work requiring me to be home to pick up even a cheap one at the dollar store so I’ll have to wait until tomorrow at some point to start the project. And the USB option is just eluding me because.. (shocking, I know) I have no USB sticks (this is what happens when  you end up with the likes of DropBox, etc.) .

 

Ah well, it’s probably for the best for now as I have to focus some attention on some recordings I have to do for VCIs for our Mirage ICM class.

Part 1 of Certificates for Horizon View 5.2: How to Install Certificate Authority in Active Directory

As part of a project I had to create a document on how to add certificates to a View environment. It was kind of a neat process. I’m going to post it here over the next few days. Hopefullly it will be of benefit for someone:

1.    On the Active Directory server, create a folder called c:\Certs and share that out. (to share, right click on the folder and choose Share with Specific People. Type Everyone and click the Add button. Ensure that permissions are set to at least Read. Click the Share button and then the Done button) Continue reading Part 1 of Certificates for Horizon View 5.2: How to Install Certificate Authority in Active Directory