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Contents VMware View Architecture Planning 5 1 Introduction to VMware View 7 Advantages of Using VMware View 7 VMware View Features 9 How the VMware View Components Fit Together 9 Integrating and Customizing VMware View 13 2 Planning a Rich User Experience 15 Feature Support Matrix 15 Choosing a Display Protocol 17 Using View Persona Management to Retain User Data and Settings Benefits of Using View Desktops in Local Mode 19 Accessing USB Devices Connected to a Local Computer 21 Printing from a View Desktop 22 Streaming Multimedia to a View Desktop 22 Using Single Sign-On for Logging In to a View Desktop 22 Using Multiple Monitors with a View Desktop 23 18 3 Managing Desktop Pools from a Central Location 25 Advantages of Desktop Pools 25 Reducing and Managing Storage Requirements 26 Application Provisioning 27 Using Active Directory GPOs to Manage Users and Desktops 29 4 Architecture Design Elements and Planning Guidelines 31 Virtual Machine Requirements 31 VMware View ESX/ESXi Node 36 Desktop Pools for Specific Types of Workers 37 Desktop Virtual Machine Configuration 41 vCenter and View Composer Virtual Machine Configuration and Desktop Pool Maximums 42 View Connection Server Maximums and Virtual Machine Configuration 43 View Transfer Server Virtual Machine Configuration and Storage 44 vSphere Clusters 44 VMware View Building Blocks 45 VMware View Pod 49 5 Planning for Security Features 51 Understanding Client Connections 51 Choosing a User Authentication Method 54 Restricting View Desktop Access 56 VMware, Inc. 3 VMware View Architecture Planning Using Group Policy Settings to Secure View Desktops 57 Implementing Best Practices to Secure Client Systems 58 Assigning Administrator Roles 58 Preparing to Use a Security Server 58 Understanding VMware View Communications Protocols 63 6 Overview of Steps to Setting Up a VMware View Environment 69 Index 71 4 VMware, Inc. VMware View Architecture Planning VMware View Architecture Planning provides an introduction to VMware View™, including a description of its major features and deployment options and an overview of how VMware View components are typically set up in a production environment. This guide answers the following questions: n Does VMware View solve the problems you need it to solve? n Would it be feasible and cost-effective to implement a VMware View solution in your enterprise? To help you protect your VMware View installation, the guide also provides a discussion of security features. Intended Audience This information is intended for IT decision makers, architects, administrators, and others who need to familiarize themselves with the components and capabilities of VMware View. With this information, architects and planners can determine whether VMware View satisfies the requirements of their enterprise for efficiently and securely delivering Windows desktops and applications to their end users. The example architecture helps planners understand the hardware requirements and setup effort required for a large-scale VMware View deployment. VMware, Inc. 5 VMware View Architecture Planning 6 VMware, Inc. Introduction to VMware View 1 With VMware View, IT departments can run virtual desktops in the datacenter and deliver desktops to employees as a managed service. End users gain a familiar, personalized environment that they can access from any number of devices anywhere throughout the enterprise or from home. Administrators gain centralized control, efficiency, and security by having desktop data in the datacenter. This chapter includes the following topics: n “Advantages of Using VMware View,” on page 7 n “VMware View Features,” on page 9 n “How the VMware View Components Fit Together,” on page 9 n “Integrating and Customizing VMware View,” on page 13 Advantages of Using VMware View When you manage enterprise desktops with VMware View, the benefits include increased reliability, security, hardware independence, and convenience. Reliability and Security Virtual desktops can be centralized by integrating with VMware vSphere and virtualizing server, storage, and networking resources. Placing desktop operating systems and applications on a server in the datacenter provides the following advantages: n Access to data can easily be restricted. Sensitive data can be prevented from being copied onto a remote employee's home computer. n Data backups can be scheduled without considering when end users' systems might be turned off. n Virtual desktops that are hosted in a datacenter experience little or no downtime. Virtual machines can reside on high-availability clusters of VMware servers. Virtual desktops can also connect to back-end physical systems and Windows Terminal Services servers. Convenience The unified management console is built for scalability on Adobe Flex, so that even the largest View deployments can be efficiently managed from a single View Manager interface. Wizards and dashboards enhance the workflow and facilitate drilling down to see details or change settings. Figure 1-1 provides an example of the browser-based user interface for View Administrator. VMware, Inc. 7 VMware View Architecture Planning Figure 1-1. Administrative Console for View Manager Showing the Dashboard View Another feature that increases convenience is the VMware remote display protocol PCoIP. PCoIP (PC-overIP) display protocol delivers an end-user experience equal to the current experience of using a physical PC: n On LANs, the display is faster and smoother than traditional remote displays. n On WANs, the display protocol can compensate for an increase in latency or a reduction in bandwidth, ensuring that end users can remain productive regardless of network conditions. Manageability Provisioning desktops for end users is a quick process. No one is required to install applications one by one on each end user's physical PC. End users connect to a virtual desktop complete with applications. End users can access their same virtual desktop from various devices at various locations. Using VMware vSphere to host virtual desktops provides the following benefits: n Administration tasks and management chores are reduced. Administrators can patch and upgrade applications and operating systems without touching a user's physical PC. n Storage management is simplified. Using VMware vSphere, you can virtualize volumes and file systems to avoid managing separate storage devices. Hardware Independence Virtual machines are hardware-independent. Because a View desktop runs on a server in the datacenter and is only accessed from a client device, a View desktop can use operating systems that might not be compatible with the hardware of the client device. For example, although Windows 7 can run only on Windows 7-enabled PCs, you can install Windows 7 in a virtual machine and use that virtual machine on a PC that is not Windows 7-enabled. Virtual desktops run on PCs, tablets, Macs, thin clients, and PCs that have been repurposed as thin clients. 8 VMware, Inc. Chapter 1 Introduction to VMware View VMware View Features Features included in VMware View support usability, security, centralized control, and scalability. The following features provide a familiar experience for the end user: n On Microsoft Windows client devices, print from a virtual desktop to any local or networked printer that is defined on the Windows client device. This virtual printer feature solves compatibility issues and does not require you to install additional print drivers in a virtual machine. n On any client device, use the location-based printing feature to map to printers that are physically near the client system. Location-based printing does require that you install print drivers in the virtual machine. n Use multiple monitors. With PCoIP multiple-monitor support, you can adjust the display resolution and rotation separately for each monitor. n Access USB devices and other peripherals that are connected to the local device that displays your virtual desktop. n Use View Persona Management to retain user settings and data between sessions even after the desktop has been refreshed or recomposed. View Persona Management has the ability to replicate user profiles to a remote profile store (CIFS share) at configurable intervals. VMware View offers the following security features, among others: n Use RSA SecurID two-factor authentication or smart cards to log in. n Use SSL tunneling to ensure that all connections are completely encrypted. n Use VMware High Availability to host desktops and to ensure automatic failover. The following features provide centralized administration and management: n Use Microsoft Active Directory to manage access to virtual desktops and to manage policies. n Use the Web-based administrative console to manage virtual desktops from any location. n Use a template, or master image, to quickly create and provision pools of desktops. n Send updates and patches to virtual desktops without affecting user settings, data, or preferences. Scalability features depend on the VMware virtualization platform to manage both desktops and servers: n Integrate with VMware vSphere to achieve cost-effective densities, high levels of availability, and advanced resource allocation control for your virtual desktops. n Configure View Connection Server to broker connections between end users and the virtual desktops that they are authorized to access. n Use View Composer to quickly create desktop images that share virtual disks with a master image. Using linked clones in this way conserves disk space and simplifies the management of patches and updates to the operating system. How the VMware View Components Fit Together End users start View Client to log in to View Connection Server. This server, which integrates with Windows Active Directory, provides access to a virtual desktop hosted in a VMware vSphere environment, a blade or physical PC, or a Windows Terminal Services server. Figure 1-2 shows the relationship between the major components of a VMware View deployment. VMware, Inc. 9 VMware View Architecture Planning Figure 1-2. High-Level Example of a VMware View Environment tablet Windows View Client Microsoft Active Directory Windows View Client with Local Mode View Transfer Server Mac View Client View Administrator (browser) Thin Client network ThinApp View Connection Server non-vCenter VMs VM VMware vCenter Server with View Composer physical PCs blade PCs View Agent ESXi hosts running Virtual Desktop virtual machines Terminal Servers virtual desktops desktop OS app app app VM VM VM VM VM VM ESXi host View Agent virtual machine Client Devices A major advantage of using VMware View is that desktops follow the end user regardless of device or location. Users can access their personalized virtual desktop from a company laptop, their home PC, a thin client device, a Mac, or a tablet. From tablets and from Mac and Windows laptops and PCs, end users open View Client to display their View desktop. Thin client devices use View thin client software and can be configured so that the only application that users can launch directly on the device is View Thin Client. Repurposing a legacy PC into a thin client desktop can extend the life of the hardware by three to five years. For example, by using VMware View on a thin desktop, you can use a newer operating system such as Windows 7 on older desktop hardware. View Connection Server This software service acts as a broker for client connections. View Connection Server authenticates users through Windows Active Directory and directs the request to the appropriate virtual machine, physical or blade PC, or Windows Terminal Services server. View Connection Server provides the following management capabilities: 10 n Authenticating users n Entitling users to specific desktops and pools VMware, Inc. Chapter 1 Introduction to VMware View n Assigning applications packaged with VMware ThinApp to specific desktops and pools n Managing local and remote desktop sessions n Establishing secure connections between users and desktops n Enabling single sign-on n Setting and applying policies Inside the corporate firewall, you install and configure a group of two or more View Connection Server instances. Their configuration data is stored in an embedded LDAP directory and is replicated among members of the group. Outside the corporate firewall, in the DMZ, you can install and configure View Connection Server as a security server. Security servers in the DMZ communicate with View Connection Servers inside the corporate firewall. Security servers ensure that the only remote desktop traffic that can enter the corporate data center is traffic on behalf of a strongly authenticated user. Users can access only the desktop resources that they are authorized to access. Security servers offer a subset of functionality and are not required to be in an Active Directory domain. You install View Connection Server in a Windows Server 2008 server, preferably on a VMware virtual machine. View Client The client software for accessing View desktops can run on a tablet, a Windows or Mac PC or laptop, a thin client, and more. After logging in, users select from a list of virtual desktops that they are authorized to use. Authorization can require Active Directory credentials, a UPN, a smart card PIN, or an RSA SecurID token. An administrator can configure View Client to allow end users to select a display protocol. Protocols include PCoIP and Microsoft RDP. The speed and display quality of PCoIP rival that of a physical PC. View Client with Local Mode (formerly called Offline Desktop) is a version of View Client that has been extended to allow end users to download virtual machines and use them on their local Windows systems regardless of whether they have a network connection. Features differ according to which View Client you use. This guide focuses on View Client for Windows. The following types of clients are not described in detail in this guide: n Details about View Client for tablets and for the Mac. See the VMware View Clients documentation at https://www.vmware.com/support/viewclients/doc/viewclients_pubs.html. n View Client for Linux, available only through certified partners. n Various third-party clients, available only through certified partners. n View Open Client, which supports the VMware partner certification program. View Open Client is not an official View client and is not supported as such. VMware, Inc. 11 VMware View Architecture Planning View Portal To use View Portal, end users on a Windows or Mac PC or laptop open a Web browser and enter the URL of a View Connection Server instance. View Portal provides a link for downloading the installer for the full View Client for Windows or the Mac. View Agent You install the View Agent service on all virtual machines, physical systems, and Terminal Service servers that you use as sources for View desktops. On virtual machines, this agent communicates with View Client to provide features such as connection monitoring, virtual printing, View Persona Management, and access to locally connected USB devices. If the desktop source is a virtual machine, you first install the View Agent service on that virtual machine and then use the virtual machine as a template or as a parent of linked clones. When you create a pool from this virtual machine, the agent is automatically installed on every virtual desktop. You can install the agent with an option for single sign-on. With single sign-on, users are prompted to log in only when they connect to View Connection Server and are not prompted a second time to connect to a virtual desktop. View Administrator This Web-based application allows administrators to configure View Connection Server, deploy and manage View desktops, control user authentication, and troubleshoot end user issues. When you install a View Connection Server instance, the View Administrator application is also installed. This application allows administrators to manage View Connection Server instances from anywhere without having to install an application on their local computer. View Composer You install this software service on a vCenter Server instance that manages virtual machines. View Composer can then create a pool of linked clones from a specified parent virtual machine. This strategy reduces storage costs by up to 90 percent. Each linked clone acts like an independent desktop, with a unique host name and IP address, yet the linked clone requires significantly less storage because it shares a base image with the parent. Because linked-clone desktop pools share a base image, you can quickly deploy updates and patches by updating only the parent virtual machine. End users' settings, data, and applications are not affected. As of View 4.5, you can also use linked-clone technology for View desktops that you download and check out to use on local systems. vCenter Server This service acts as a central administrator for VMware ESX/ESXi servers that are connected on a network. vCenter Server, formerly called VMware VirtualCenter, provides the central point for configuring, provisioning, and managing virtual machines in the datacenter. In addition to using these virtual machines as sources for View desktop pools, you can use virtual machines to host the server components of VMware View, including Connection Server instances, Active Directory servers, and vCenter Server instances. You can install View Composer on the same server as vCenter Server to create linked-clone desktop pools. vCenter Server then manages the assignment of the virtual machines to physical servers and storage and manages the assignment of CPU and memory resources to virtual machines. You install vCenter Server in a Windows Server 2008 server, preferably on a VMware virtual machine. 12 VMware, Inc. Chapter 1 Introduction to VMware View View Transfer Server This software manages and streamlines data transfers between the datacenter and View desktops that are checked out for use on end users' local systems. View Transfer Server is required to support desktops that run View Client with Local Mode (formerly called Offline Desktop). Several operations use View Transfer Server to send data between the View desktop in vCenter Server and the corresponding local desktop on the client system. n When a user checks in or checks out a desktop, View Manager authorizes and manages the operation. View Transfer Server transfers the files between the datacenter and the local desktop. n View Transfer Server synchronizes local desktops with the corresponding desktops in the datacenter by replicating user-generated changes to the datacenter. Replications occur at intervals that you specify in local-mode policies. You can also initiate replications in View Administrator. You can set a policy that allows users to initiate replications from their local desktops. n View Transfer Server distributes common system data from the datacenter to local clients. View Transfer Server downloads View Composer base images from the Transfer Server repository to local desktops. Integrating and Customizing VMware View To enhance the effectiveness of VMware View in your organization, you can use several interfaces to integrate VMware View with external applications or to create administration scripts that you can run from the command line or in batch mode. Integrating View with Business Intelligence Software You can configure VMware View to record events to a Microsoft SQL Server or Oracle database. n End-user actions such as logging in and starting a desktop session. n Administrator actions such as adding entitlements and creating desktop pools. n Alerts that report system failures and errors. n Statistical sampling such as recording the maximum number of users over a 24-hour period. You can use business intelligence reporting engines such as Crystal Reports, IBM Cognos, MicroStrategy 9, and Oracle Enterprise Performance Management System to access and analyze the event database. For more information, see the VMware View Integration document. Using View PowerCLI to Create Administration Scripts Windows PowerShell is a command-line and scripting environment that is designed for Microsoft Windows. PowerShell uses the .NET object model and provides administrators with management and automation capabilities. As with any other console environment, you work with PowerShell by running commands, which are called cmdlets in PowerShell. The View PowerCLI provides an easy-to-use PowerShell interface to VMware View. You can use the View PowerCLI cmdlets to perform various administration tasks on View components. n Create and update desktop pools. n Add datacenter resources to a full virtual machine or linked-clone pool. n Perform rebalance, refresh, or recompose operations on linked-clone desktops. n Sample the usage of specific desktops or desktop pools over time. n Query the event database. VMware, Inc. 13 VMware View Architecture Planning n Query the state of View services. You can use the cmdlets in conjunction with the vSphere PowerCLI cmdlets, which provide an administrative interface to the VMware vSphere product. For more information, see the VMware View Integration document. Modifying LDAP Configuration Data in View When you use View Administrator to modify the configuration of VMware View, the appropriate LDAP data in the repository is updated. VMware View stores its configuration information in an LDAP compatible repository. For example, if you add a desktop pool, VMware View stores information about users, user groups, and entitlements in LDAP. You can use VMware and Microsoft command tools to export and import LDAP configuration data in LDAP Data Interchange Format (LDIF) files from and into VMware View. These commands are for advanced administrators who want to use scripts to update configuration data without using View Administrator or View PowerCLI. You can use LDIF files to perform a number of tasks. n Transfer configuration data between View Connection Server instances. n Define a large number of View objects, such as desktop pools, and add these to your View Connection Server instances without using View Administrator or View PowerCLI. n Back up your View configuration so that you can restore the state of a View Connection Server instance. For more information, see the VMware View Integration document. Using SCOM to Monitor View Components You can use Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) to monitor the state and performance of VMware View components, including View Connection Server instances and security servers and View services running on these hosts. For more information, see the VMware View Integration document. Using the vdmadmin Command to Administer View You can use the vdmadmin command line interface to perform a variety of administration tasks on a View Connection Server instance. You can use vdmadmin to perform administration tasks that are not possible from within the View Administrator user interface or that need to run automatically from scripts. For more information, see the VMware View Administration document. 14 VMware, Inc. Planning a Rich User Experience 2 VMware View provides the familiar, personalized desktop environment that end users expect. End users can access USB and other devices connected to their local computer, send documents to any printer that their local computer can detect, authenticate with smart cards, and use multiple display monitors. VMware View includes many features that you might want to make available to your end users. Before you decide which features to use, you must understand the limitations and restrictions of each feature. This chapter includes the following topics: n “Feature Support Matrix,” on page 15 n “Choosing a Display Protocol,” on page 17 n “Using View Persona Management to Retain User Data and Settings,” on page 18 n “Benefits of Using View Desktops in Local Mode,” on page 19 n “Accessing USB Devices Connected to a Local Computer,” on page 21 n “Printing from a View Desktop,” on page 22 n “Streaming Multimedia to a View Desktop,” on page 22 n “Using Single Sign-On for Logging In to a View Desktop,” on page 22 n “Using Multiple Monitors with a View Desktop,” on page 23 Feature Support Matrix Many features, such as RSA SecurID authentication, location-based printing, and PCoIP protocol, are supported on most client operating systems. You must also take into consideration whether the feature is supported on the View desktop operating system. When planning which display protocol and features to make available to your end users, use the following information to determine which client operating systems and agent (View desktop) operating systems support the feature. Editions of Windows Vista include Windows Vista Home, Enterprise, Ultimate, and Business. Editions of Windows 7 include Home, Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate. For Windows Terminal Server, the edition is Standard Edition. VMware, Inc. 15 VMware View Architecture Planning Table 2-1. Features Supported on Operating Systems for View Desktops (Where View Agent Is Installed) Windows 2003 SP2/2003 R2 Terminal Server SP2, 32-bit Windows 2008 SP2/2008 R2 and SP1 Terminal Server 64-bit X X X X X X X N/A N/A X X X X X Multiple monitors X X X Local Mode X X X Feature Windows XP Pro SP3, 32bit Windows Vista SP1 and SP2, 32-bit Windows 7 and SP1, 32-bit and 64-bit USB access X X X RDP display protocol X X X PCoIP display protocol X X X Persona Management X X X Wyse MMR X X Location-based printing X X X Virtual printing X X X Smart cards X X RSA SecurID X Single sign-on With RDP 7 Table 2-2. Features Supported on Windows Clients 16 Feature Windows XP Home/Pro SP3, 32-bit Client Windows Vista SP1, SP2, 32-bit Client Windows 7 and SP1, 32-bit and 64-bit Client USB access X X X RDP display protocol X X X PCoIP display protocol X X X Persona Management X (not with local mode) X (not with local mode) X (not with local mode) Wyse MMR X X Location-based printing X X X Virtual printing X X X Smart cards X X X RSA SecurID X X X Single sign-on X X X Multiple monitors X X X Local Mode X X X VMware, Inc. Chapter 2 Planning a Rich User Experience Choosing a Display Protocol A display protocol provides end users with a graphical interface to a View desktop that resides in the datacenter. You can use PCoIP (PC-over-IP), which VMware provides, or Microsoft RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol). You can set policies to control which protocol is used or to allow end users to choose the protocol when they log in to a desktop. NOTE When you check out a desktop for use on a local client system, neither of the PCoIP or RDP remote display protocols is used. VMware View with PCoIP PCoIP is a new high-performance remote display protocol provided by VMware. This protocol is available for View desktops that are sourced from virtual machines, Teradici clients, and physical machines that have Teradici-enabled host cards. PCoIP can compensate for an increase in latency or a reduction in bandwidth, to ensure that end users can remain productive regardless of network conditions. PCoIP is optimized for delivery of images, audio, and video content for a wide range of users on the LAN or across the WAN. PCoIP provides the following features: n You can use 3D applications such as Windows Aero themes or Google Earth, with a screen resolution of up to 1920 x 1200. With this non-hardware-accelerated graphics feature, you can run DirectX 9 and OpenGL 2.1 applications without a physical graphics processing unit (GPU). This feature provides acceptable performance on the WAN, up to 100ms. n You can use up to 4 monitors and adjust the resolution for each monitor separately, up to 2560 x 1600 resolution per display. When 3D feature is enabled, up to 2 monitors are supported with a resolution of up to 1920x1200. n You can copy and paste text and images between the local system and the desktop, up to 1MB. Supported file formats include text, images, and RTF (Rich Text Format). You cannot copy and paste system objects such as folders and files between systems. n PCoIP supports 32-bit color. n With optimization controls added in View 5, you can reduce bandwidth usage on the LAN and WAN and achieve up to 75 percent bandwidth improvement. n PCoIP supports Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) 128-bit encryption, which is turned on by default. n For users outside the corporate firewall, you can use this protocol with View security servers or with your company's virtual private network. Client hardware must meet the following requirements: n x86-based processor with SSE2 extensions, with a 800MHz or higher processor speed. n ARM processor with NEON (preferred) or WMMX2 extensions, with a 1GHz or higher processor speed. Microsoft RDP Remote Desktop Protocol is the same protocol many people already use to access their work computer from their home computer. RDP provides access to all the applications, files, and network resources on a remote computer. Microsoft RDP provides the following features: n With RDP 6, you can use multiple monitors in span mode. RDP 7 has true multiple monitor support, for up to 16 monitors. VMware, Inc. 17 VMware View Architecture Planning n You can copy and paste text and system objects such as folders and files between the local system and the View desktop. n RDP supports 32-bit color. n RDP supports 128-bit encryption. n You can use this protocol for making secure, encrypted connections to a View security server in the corporate DMZ. Using View Persona Management to Retain User Data and Settings View Persona Management retains changes that users make to their profiles. User profiles comprise a variety of user-generated information. n User-specific data and desktop settings, which allow the desktop appearance to be the same regard less of which desktop a user logs in to. n Application data and settings. For example, these settings allow applications to remember toolbar positions and preferences. n Windows registry entries configured by user applications. To facilitate these abilities, View Persona Management requires storage on a CIFS share equal or greater than the size of the user's local profile. Minimizing Logon and Logoff Times View Persona Management minimizes the time it takes to log on to and off of desktops. n View takes recent changes in the profile on the View desktop and copies them to the remote repository at regular intervals. The default is every 10 minutes. In contrast, Windows roaming profiles wait until logoff time and copy all changes to the server at logoff. n During logon, View downloads only the files that Windows requires, such as user registry files. Other files are copied to the View desktop when the user or an application opens them from the profile folder in the View desktop. n With View Persona Management, during logoff, only files that were updated since the last replication are copied to the remote repository. With View Persona Management, you can avoid making any changes to Active Directory in order to have a managed profile. To configure Persona Management, you specify a central repository, without changing the user's properties in Active Directory. With this central repository, you can manage a user's profile in one environment without affecting the physical machines that users might also log on to. With View Persona Management, if you provision desktops with VMware ThinApp applications, the ThinApp sandbox data can also be stored in the user profile. This data can roam with the user but does not significantly affect logon times. This strategy provides better protection against data loss or corruption. Configuration Options You can configure View personas at several levels: a single View desktop, a desktop pool, an OU, or all View desktops in your deployment. By setting group policies (GPOs), you have granular control of the files and folders to include in a persona: 18 n Specify whether to include the local settings folder. For Windows 7 or Windows Vista, this policy affects the AppData\Local folder. For Windows XP, this policy affects the Local Settings folder. n Specify which files and folders to load at login time. For example: Application Data\Microsoft\Certificates. Within a folder, you can also specify files to exclude. VMware, Inc. Chapter 2 Planning a Rich User Experience n Specify which files and folders to download in the background after a user logs in to the desktop. Within a folder, you can also specify files to exclude. n Specify which files and folders within a user's persona to manage with Windows roaming profiles functionality instead of View Persona Management. Within a folder, you can also specify files to exclude. As with Windows roaming profiles, you can configure folder redirection. You can redirect the following folders to a network share. Contacts My Documents Save Games Cookies My Music Searches Desktop My Pictures Start Menu Downloads My Videos Startup Items Favorites Network Neighborhood Templates History Printer Neighborhood Temporary Internet Files Links Recent Items To configure a remote repository to store personas, you can use either a network share or an existing Active Directory user profile path that you configured for Windows roaming profiles. The network share can be a folder on a server, a network-attached storage (NAS) device, or a network server. To support a large View deployment, you can configure separate repositories for different desktop pools. Limitations View Persona Management has the following limitations and restrictions: n You must have a View license that includes the View Personal Management component. n View Persona Management operates only on virtual machines. It does not operate on physical computers or Microsoft Terminal Servers. n View Persona Management requires a CIFS (Common Internet File System) share. n You cannot use View Persona Management with desktops that run in local mode. n A user cannot access the same profile if the user switches between desktops that have v1 user profiles and v2 user profiles. However, redirected folders can be shared between v1 and v2 profiles. Windows XP uses v1 profiles. Windows Vista and Windows 7 use v2 profiles. Benefits of Using View Desktops in Local Mode With View Client with Local Mode, users can check out and download a View desktop to a local system such as a laptop. Administrators can manage these local View desktops by setting policies for the frequency of backups and contact with the server, access to USB devices, and permission to check in desktops. For employees at remote offices with poor network connections, applications run faster on a local View desktop than on a remote desktop. Also, users can use the local version of the desktop with or without a network connection. If a network connection is present on the client system, the desktop that is checked out continues to communicate with View Connection Server to provide policy updates, and ensure that locally cached authentication criteria is current. By default, contact is attempted every 5 minutes. VMware, Inc. 19 VMware View Architecture Planning View desktops in local mode behave in the same way as their remote desktop equivalents, yet can take advantage of local resources. Latency is eliminated, and performance is enhanced. Users can disconnect from their local View desktop and log in again without connecting to the View Connection Server. After network access is restored, or when the user is ready, the checked-out virtual machine can be backed up, rolled back, or checked in. Local resource utilization After a local desktop is checked out, it can take advantage of the memory and CPU capabilities of the local system. For example, memory available beyond what is required for the host and guest operating systems is usually split between the host and the local View desktop, regardless of the memory settings that are specified for the virtual machine in vCenter Server. Similarly, the local View desktop can automatically use up to two CPUs available on the local system, and you can configure the local desktop to use up to four CPUs. Although a local desktop can take advantage of local resources, a Windows 7 or Windows Vista View desktop that is created on an ESX/ESXi 3.5 host cannot produce 3D and Windows Aero effects. This limitation applies even when the desktop is checked out for local use on a Windows 7 or Windows Vista host. Windows Aero and 3D effects are available only if the View desktop is created using vSphere 4.x or later. 20 Conserving datacenter resources by requiring local mode You can reduce datacenter costs associated with bandwidth, memory, and CPU resources by requiring that View desktops be downloaded and used only in local mode. This strategy is sometimes called a bring-your-own-PC program for employees and contractors. Check-outs When the View desktop is checked out, a snapshot is taken in vCenter, to preserve the state of the virtual machine. The vCenter Server version of the desktop is locked so that no other users can access it. When a View desktop is locked, vCenter Server operations are disabled, including operations such as powering on the online desktop, taking snapshots, and editing the virtual machine settings. View administrators can, however, still monitor the local session and access the vCenter Server version to remove access or roll back the desktop. Backups During backups, a snapshot is taken on the client system, to preserve the state of the checked-out virtual machine. The delta between this snapshot and the snapshot in vCenter is replicated to vCenter and merged with the snapshot there. The View desktop in vCenter Server is updated with all new data and configurations, but the local desktop remains checked out on the local system and the lock remains in place in vCenter Server. Rollbacks During rollbacks, the local View desktop is discarded and the lock is released in vCenter Server. Future client connections are directed to the View desktop in vCenter Server until the desktop is checked out again. Check-ins When a View desktop is checked in, a snapshot is taken on the client system, to preserve the state of the virtual machine. The delta between this snapshot and the snapshot in vCenter is replicated to vCenter and merged with the snapshot there. The virtual machine in vCenter Server is unlocked. Future client connections are directed to the View desktop in vCenter Server until the desktop is checked out again. VMware, Inc. Chapter 2 Planning a Rich User Experience The data on each local system is encrypted with AES. 128-bit encryption is the default, but you can configure 192-bit or 256-bit encryption. The desktop has a lifetime controlled through policy. If the client loses contact with View Connection Server, the maximum time without server contact is the period in which the user can continue to use the desktop before the user is refused access. Similarly, if user access is removed, the client system becomes inaccessible when the cache expires or after the client detects this change through View Connection Server. View Client with Local Mode has the following limitations and restrictions: n You must have a View license that includes the Local Mode component. n End users cannot access their local desktop while rollbacks and check-ins are taking place. n This feature is available only for virtual machines that are managed by vCenter Server. n Checking out a View desktop that uses virtual hardware version 8 is not supported. If you use vSphere 5 to create virtual machines that will be sources for local mode desktops, be sure to create virtual machines that use virtual hardware version 7. n You cannot use View Persona Management with desktops that run in local mode. n Assigning application packages created with VMware ThinApp is not supported for View desktops that are downloaded and used in local mode. Rolling back a desktop might cause View Connection Server to have incorrect information about the ThinApps on the rolled-back desktop. n For security reasons, you cannot access the host CD-ROM from within the View desktop. n Also for security reasons, you cannot copy and paste text or system objects such as files and folders between the local system and the View desktop. Accessing USB Devices Connected to a Local Computer Administrators can configure the ability to use USB devices, such as thumb flash drives, VoIP (voice-over-IP) devices, and printers, from a View desktop. This feature is called USB redirection. When you use this feature, most USB devices that are attached to the local client system become available from a menu in View Client. You use the menu to connect and disconnect the devices. NOTE With this USB redirection feature, you can connect to and manage an iPad from a View desktop. For example, you can sync your iPad with iTunes installed in your View desktop. USB devices that do not appear in the menu, but are available in a View desktop, include smart card readers and human interface devices such as keyboards and pointing devices. The View desktop and the local computer use these devices at the same time. This feature has the following limitations: n When you access a USB device from a menu in View Client and use the device in a View desktop, you cannot access the device on the local computer. n USB redirection is not supported on Windows 2000 systems or for View desktops sourced from Microsoft Terminal Servers. VMware, Inc. 21 VMware View Architecture Planning Printing from a View Desktop The virtual printing feature allows end users with View Client on Windows systems to use local or network printers from a View desktop without requiring that additional print drivers be installed in the View desktop. The location-based printing feature allows you to map View desktops to the printer that is closest to the endpoint client device. With virtual printing, after a printer is added on a local Windows computer, View adds that printer to the list of available printers on the View desktop. No further configuration is required. For each printer available through this feature, you can set preferences for data compression, print quality, double-sided printing, color, and so on. Users who have administrator privileges can still install printer drivers on the View desktop without creating a conflict with the virtual printing component. To send print jobs to a USB printer, you can either use the USB redirection feature or use the virtual printing feature. The location-based printing feature is available for both Windows and non-Windows client systems. Locationbased printing allows IT organizations to map View desktops to the printer that is closest to the endpoint client device. For example, as a doctor moves from room to room in a hospital, each time the doctor prints a document, the print job is sent to the nearest printer. Using this feature does require that the correct printer drivers be installed in the View desktop. Streaming Multimedia to a View Desktop Wyse MMR (multimedia redirection) enables full-fidelity playback when multimedia files are streamed to a View desktop. The MMR feature supports the media file formats that the client system supports, because local decoders must exist on the client. File formats include MPEG2, WMV, AVI, and WAV, among others. This feature has the following limitations: n For best quality, use Windows Media Player 10 or later, and install it on both the local computer, or client access device, and the View desktop. n The Wyse MMR port, which is 9427 by default, must be added as a firewall exception in the View desktop. n MMR is not supported on Windows 7 clients or virtual desktops. Although MMR is not supported on Windows 7 virtual desktops, if the Windows 7 desktop has 1GB of RAM and 2 virtual CPUs, you can use PCoIP to play 480p- and 720p-formatted videos at native resolutions. For 1080p, you might need to make the window smaller to get HD quality. Using Single Sign-On for Logging In to a View Desktop The single-sign-on (SSO) feature allows you to configure View Manager so that end users are prompted to log in only once. If you do not use the single-sign-on feature, end users must log in twice. They are first prompted to log in to View Connection Server and then are prompted log in to their View desktop. If smart cards are also used, end users must sign in three times because users must also log in when the smart card reader prompts them for a PIN. This feature includes the Graphical Identification and Authentication (GINA) dynamic-link library for Windows XP and a credential provider dynamic-link library for Windows Vista. 22 VMware, Inc. Chapter 2 Planning a Rich User Experience Using Multiple Monitors with a View Desktop Regardless of the display protocol, you can use multiple monitors with a View desktop. If you use PCoIP, the display protocol from VMware, you can adjust the display resolution and rotation separately for each monitor. PCoIP allows a true multiple-monitor session rather than a span mode session. A span mode remote session is actually a single-monitor session. The monitors must be the same size and resolution, and the monitor layout must fit within a bounding box. If you maximize an application window, the window spans across all monitors. Microsoft RDP 6 uses span mode. In a true multiple-monitor session, monitors can have different resolutions and sizes, and a monitor can be pivoted. If you maximize an application window, the window expands to the full screen of only the monitor that contains it. This feature has the following limitations: n If you use PCoIP, the maximum number of monitors that you can use to display a View desktop is 4. When 3D feature is enabled, up to 2 monitors are supported with a resolution of up to 1920x1200. Pivoted monitors are supported, but stacked monitors are not. n If you use Microsoft RDP 7, the maximum number of monitors that you can use to display a View desktop is 16. n If you use Microsoft RDP display protocol, you must have Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) 6.0 or higher installed in the View desktop. n If you use a View desktop in local mode, no remote display protocol is used. You can use up to 2 monitors in span mode. VMware, Inc. 23 VMware View Architecture Planning 24 VMware, Inc. Managing Desktop Pools from a Central Location 3 You can create pools that include one or hundreds of virtual desktops. As a desktop source, you can use virtual machines, physical machines, and Windows Terminal Services servers. Create one virtual machine as a base image, and VMware View can generate a pool of virtual desktops from that image. You can easily install or stream applications to pools with VMware ThinApp. This chapter includes the following topics: n “Advantages of Desktop Pools,” on page 25 n “Reducing and Managing Storage Requirements,” on page 26 n “Application Provisioning,” on page 27 n “Using Active Directory GPOs to Manage Users and Desktops,” on page 29 Advantages of Desktop Pools VMware View offers the ability to create and provision pools of desktops as its basis of centralized management. You create a virtual desktop pool from one of the following sources: n A physical system such as a physical desktop PC or a Windows Terminal Services server n A virtual machine that is hosted on an ESX/ESXi host and managed by vCenter Server n A virtual machine that runs on VMware Server or some other virtualization platform that supports View Agent If you use a vSphere virtual machine as a desktop source, you can automate the process of making as many identical virtual desktops as you need. You can set a minimum and maximum number of virtual desktops to be generated for the pool. Setting these parameters ensures that you always have enough View desktops available for immediate use but not so many that you overuse available resources. Using pools to manage desktops allows you to apply settings or deploy applications to all virtual desktops in a pool. The following examples show some of the settings available: n Specify which remote display protocol to use as the default for the View desktop and whether to let end users override the default. n Configure the display quality and bandwidth throttling of Adobe Flash animations. n If using a virtual machine, specify whether to power off the virtual machine when it is not in use and whether to delete it altogether. n If using vSphere 4.1 or later, specify whether to use a Microsoft Sysprep customization specification or QuickPrep from VMware. Sysprep generates a unique SID and GUID for each virtual machine in the pool. VMware, Inc. 25 VMware View Architecture Planning n Specify whether the View desktop can or must be downloaded and run on a local client system. In addition, using desktop pools provides many conveniences. Dedicated-assignment pools Each user is assigned a particular View desktop and returns to the same virtual desktop at each login. Users can personalize their desktops, install applications, and store data. Floating-assignment pools The virtual desktop is optionally deleted and re-created after each use, offering a highly controlled environment. A floating-assignment desktop is like a computer lab or kiosk environment where each desktop is loaded with the necessary applications and all desktops have access to necessary data. Using floating-assignment pools also allows you to create a pool of desktops that can be used by shifts of users. For example, a pool of 100 desktops could be used by 300 users if they worked in shifts of 100 users at a time. Reducing and Managing Storage Requirements Using virtual desktops that are managed by vCenter Server provides all the storage efficiencies that were previously available only for virtualized servers. Using View Composer increases the storage savings because all desktops in a pool share a virtual disk with a base image. n Managing Storage with vSphere on page 26 VMware vSphere lets you virtualize disk volumes and file systems so that you can manage and configure storage without having to consider where the data is physically stored. n Reducing Storage Requirements with View Composer on page 26 Because View Composer creates desktop images that share virtual disks with a base image, you can reduce the required storage capacity by 50 to 90 percent. Managing Storage with vSphere VMware vSphere lets you virtualize disk volumes and file systems so that you can manage and configure storage without having to consider where the data is physically stored. Fibre Channel SAN arrays, iSCSI SAN arrays, and NAS arrays are widely used storage technologies supported by VMware vSphere to meet different datacenter storage needs. The storage arrays are connected to and shared between groups of servers through storage area networks. This arrangement allows aggregation of the storage resources and provides more flexibility in provisioning them to virtual machines. With View 4.5 and later and vSphere 4.1 and later, you can now also use the following features: n vStorage thin provisioning, which lets you start out with as little disk space as necessary and grow the disk to add space later n Tiered storage, which allows you to distribute virtual disks in the View environment across highperformance storage and lower-cost storage tiers, to maximize performance and cost savings n Local storage on the ESX/ESXi host for the virtual machine swap files in the guest operating system Reducing Storage Requirements with View Composer Because View Composer creates desktop images that share virtual disks with a base image, you can reduce the required storage capacity by 50 to 90 percent. View Composer uses a base image, or parent virtual machine, and creates a pool of up to 1,000 linked-clone virtual machines. Each linked clone acts like an independent desktop, with a unique host name and IP address, yet the linked clone requires significantly less storage. 26 VMware, Inc. Chapter 3 Managing Desktop Pools from a Central Location When you create a linked-clone desktop pool, a full clone is first made from the parent virtual machine. The full clone, or replica, and the clones linked to it can be placed on the same data store, or LUN (logical unit number). If necessary, you can use the rebalance feature to move the replica and linked clones from one LUN to another. Alternatively, you can place View Composer replicas and linked clones on separate datastores with different performance characteristics. For example, you can store the replica virtual machines on a solid-state drive (SSD). Solid-state drives have low storage capacity and high read performance, typically supporting tens of thousands of I/Os per second (IOPS). You can store linked clones on traditional, spinning media-backed datastores. These disks provide lower performance, but are less expensive and provide higher storage capacity, which makes them suited for storing the many linked clones in a large pool. Tiered storage configurations can be used to cost-effectively handle intensive I/O scenarios such as simultaneous rebooting of many virtual machines or running scheduled antivirus scans. When you create a linked-clone pool, you can also optionally configure a separate, disposable virtual disk to store the guest operating system's paging and temp files that are generated during user sessions. When the virtual machine is powered off, View Manager deletes the disposable disk. Using disposable disks can save storage space by slowing the growth of linked clones and reducing the space used by powered off virtual machines. When you create dedicated-assignment desktop pools, View Composer can also optionally create a separate persistent virtual disk for each virtual desktop. The end user's Windows profile and application data are saved on the persistent disk. When a linked clone is refreshed, recomposed, or rebalanced, the contents of the persistent virtual disk are preserved. VMware recommends that you keep View Composer persistent disks on a separate datastore. You can then back up the whole LUN that holds persistent disks. For more information, see the best-practices guide called Storage Considerations for VMware View. Application Provisioning With VMware View, you have several options regarding application provisioning: You can use traditional application provisioning techniques, you can distribute application packages created with VMware ThinApp, or you can deploy applications as part of a View Composer base image. n Deploying Applications and System Updates with View Composer on page 27 Because linked-clone desktop pools share a base image, you can quickly deploy updates and patches by updating the parent virtual machine. n Managing VMware ThinApp Applications in View Administrator on page 28 VMware ThinApp™ lets you package an application into a single file that runs in a virtualized application sandbox. This strategy results in flexible, conflict-free application provisioning. n Using Existing Processes for Application Provisioning on page 28 With VMware View, you can continue to use the application provisioning techniques that your company currently uses. Two additional considerations include managing server CPU usage and storage I/O and determining whether users are permitted to install applications. Deploying Applications and System Updates with View Composer Because linked-clone desktop pools share a base image, you can quickly deploy updates and patches by updating the parent virtual machine. The recompose feature allows you to make changes to the parent virtual machine, take a snapshot of the new state, and push the new version of the image to all, or a subset of, users and desktops. You can use this feature for the following tasks: n Applying operating system and software patches and upgrades n Applying service packs VMware, Inc. 27 VMware View Architecture Planning n Adding applications n Adding virtual devices n Changing other virtual machine settings, such as available memory You can create a View Composer persistent disk that contains user settings and other user-generated data. This persistent disk is not affected by a recompose operation. When a linked clone is deleted, you can preserve the user data. When an employee leaves the company, another employee can access the departing employee's user data. A user who has multiple desktops can consolidate the user data on a single desktop. If you want to disallow users from adding or removing software or changing settings, you can use the refresh feature to bring the desktop back to its default values. This feature also reduces the size of linked clones, which tend to grow over time. Managing VMware ThinApp Applications in View Administrator VMware ThinApp™ lets you package an application into a single file that runs in a virtualized application sandbox. This strategy results in flexible, conflict-free application provisioning. ThinApp provides application virtualization by decoupling an application from the underlying operating system and its libraries and framework and bundling the application into a single executable file called an application package. As of View 4.5, you can use View Administrator to distribute ThinApp applications to desktops and pools. After you create a virtualized application with ThinApp, you can choose to either stream the application from a shared file server or install the application on the virtual desktops. If you configure the virtualized application for streaming, you must address the following architectural considerations: n Access for specific user groups to specific application repositories, where the application package is stored n Storage configuration for the application repository n Network traffic generated by streaming, which depends largely on the type of application For streamed applications, users launch the applications by using a desktop shortcut. If you assign a ThinApp package so that it is installed on a virtual desktop, the architectural considerations are similar to those that you address when you use traditional MSI-based software provisioning. Storage configuration for the application repository is a consideration both for streamed applications and for ThinApp packages installed in virtual desktops. NOTE Assigning application packages created with VMware ThinApp is not supported for View desktops that are downloaded and used in local mode. Rolling back a desktop might cause View Connection Server to have incorrect information about the ThinApps on the rolled-back desktop. Using Existing Processes for Application Provisioning With VMware View, you can continue to use the application provisioning techniques that your company currently uses. Two additional considerations include managing server CPU usage and storage I/O and determining whether users are permitted to install applications. If you push applications out to large numbers of virtual desktops at exactly the same time, you might see significant spikes in CPU usage and storage I/O. These peak workloads can have noticeable effects on desktop performance. As a best practice, schedule application updates to occur during off-peak hours and stagger updates to desktops if possible. You must also verify that your storage solution is designed to support such workloads. 28 VMware, Inc. Chapter 3 Managing Desktop Pools from a Central Location If your company allows users to install applications, you can continue your current policies, but you cannot take advantage of View Composer features such as refreshing and recomposing the desktop. With View Composer, if an application is not virtualized or otherwise included in the user's profile or data settings, that application is discarded whenever a View Composer refresh, recompose, or rebalance operation occurs. In many cases, this ability to tightly control which applications are installed is a benefit. View Composer desktops are easy to support because they are kept close to a known good configuration. If users have firm requirements for installing their own applications and having those applications persist for the lifetime of the virtual desktop, instead of using View Composer for application provisioning, you can create full persistent desktops and allow users to install applications. Using Active Directory GPOs to Manage Users and Desktops VMware View includes many Group Policy administrative (ADM) templates for centralizing the management and configuration of View components and View desktops. After you import these templates into Active Directory, you can use them to set policies that apply to the following groups and components: n All systems regardless of which user logs in n All users regardless of the system they log in to n View Connection Server configuration n View Client configuration n View Agent configuration After a GPO is applied, properties are stored in the local Windows registry of the specified component. You can use GPOs to set all the policies that are available from the View Administrator user interface (UI). You can also use GPOs to set policies that are not available from the UI. For a complete list and description of the settings available through ADM templates, see the VMware View Administration document. VMware, Inc. 29 VMware View Architecture Planning 30 VMware, Inc. Architecture Design Elements and Planning Guidelines 4 A typical VMware View architecture design uses a pod strategy that consists of components that support up to 10,000 virtual desktops using a vSphere 4.1 or later infrastructure. Pod definitions can vary, based on hardware configuration, View and vSphere software versions used, and other environment-specific design factors. This architecture provides a standard, scalable design that you can adapt to your enterprise environment and special requirements. This chapter includes key details about requirements for memory, CPU, storage capacity, network components, and hardware to give IT architects and planners a practical understanding of what is involved in deploying a VMware View solution. This chapter includes the following topics: n “Virtual Machine Requirements,” on page 31 n “VMware View ESX/ESXi Node,” on page 36 n “Desktop Pools for Specific Types of Workers,” on page 37 n “Desktop Virtual Machine Configuration,” on page 41 n “vCenter and View Composer Virtual Machine Configuration and Desktop Pool Maximums,” on page 42 n “View Connection Server Maximums and Virtual Machine Configuration,” on page 43 n “View Transfer Server Virtual Machine Configuration and Storage,” on page 44 n “vSphere Clusters,” on page 44 n “VMware View Building Blocks,” on page 45 n “VMware View Pod,” on page 49 Virtual Machine Requirements When you plan the specifications for View desktops, the choices that you make regarding RAM, CPU, and disk space have a significant effect on your choices for server and storage hardware and expenditures. n Planning Based on Types of Workers on page 32 For many configuration elements, including RAM, CPU, and storage sizing, requirements depend largely on the type of worker who uses the virtual desktop and on the applications that must be installed. n Estimating Memory Requirements for Virtual Desktops on page 33 RAM costs more for servers than it does for PCs. Because the cost of RAM is a high percentage of overall server hardware costs and total storage capacity needed, determining the correct memory allocation is crucial to planning your desktop deployment. VMware, Inc. 31 VMware View Architecture Planning n Estimating CPU Requirements for Virtual Desktops on page 35 When estimating CPU, you must gather information about the average CPU utilization for various types of workers in your enterprise. In addition, calculate that another 10 to 25 percent of processing power is required for virtualization overhead and peak periods of usage. n Choosing the Appropriate System Disk Size on page 35 When allocating disk space, provide only enough space for the operating system, applications, and additional content that users might install or generate. Usually this amount is smaller than the size of the disk that is included on a physical PC. Planning Based on Types of Workers For many configuration elements, including RAM, CPU, and storage sizing, requirements depend largely on the type of worker who uses the virtual desktop and on the applications that must be installed. For architecture planning, workers can be categorized into several types. 32 Task workers Task workers and administrative workers perform repetitive tasks within a small set of applications, usually at a stationary computer. The applications are usually not as CPU- and memory-intensive as the applications used by knowledge workers. Task workers who work specific shifts might all log in to their virtual desktops at the same time. Task workers include call center analysts, retail employees, warehouse workers, and so on. Knowledge workers Knowledge workers' daily tasks include accessing the Internet, using email, and creating complex documents, presentations, and spreadsheets. Knowledge workers include accountants, sales managers, marketing research analysts, and so on. Power users Power users include application developers and people who use graphicsintensive applications. Employees who use desktops in local mode only These users download and run their View desktops only on their local systems, which reduces datacenter costs associated with bandwidth, memory, and CPU resources. Scheduled replications ensure that systems and data are backed up. Administrators configure how often end users' systems must contact View Manager to avoid being locked out. Kiosk users These users need to share a desktop that is placed in a public place. Examples of kiosk users include students using a shared computer in a classroom, nurses at nursing stations, and computers used for job placement and recruiting. These desktops require automatic login. Authentication can be done through certain applications if necessary. VMware, Inc. Chapter 4 Architecture Design Elements and Planning Guidelines Estimating Memory Requirements for Virtual Desktops RAM costs more for servers than it does for PCs. Because the cost of RAM is a high percentage of overall server hardware costs and total storage capacity needed, determining the correct memory allocation is crucial to planning your desktop deployment. If the RAM allocation is too low, storage I/O can be negatively affected because too much memory swapping occurs. If the RAM allocation is too high, storage capacity can be negatively affected because the paging file in the guest operating system and the swap and suspend files for each virtual machine grow too large. NOTE This topic addresses issues regarding memory allocation for remote access to View desktops. If users run View desktops in local mode, on their client systems, the amount of memory used is some proportion of that available on the client device. You need enough memory to run the host operating system on the client computer, plus the memory required for the View desktop's operating system and for applications on the client computer and the View desktop. VMware recommends that you have 2GB or more for Windows XP and Windows Vista, and 3GB or more for Windows 7. If you attempt to check out a desktop that is configured in vCenter Server to require more memory than the local client system can accommodate, you will not be able to check out the desktop unless you change a Windows registry setting. For instructions, see the VMware View Administration document. RAM Sizing Impact on Performance When allocating RAM, avoid choosing an overly conservative setting. Take the following considerations into account: n Insufficient RAM allocations can cause excessive guest swapping, which can generate I/O that causes significant performance degradations and increases storage I/O load. n VMware ESX/ESXi supports sophisticated memory resource management algorithms such as transparent memory sharing and memory ballooning, which can significantly reduce the physical RAM needed to support a given guest RAM allocation. For example, even though 2GB might be allocated to a virtual desktop, only a fraction of that number is consumed in physical RAM. n Because virtual desktop performance is sensitive to response times, on the ESX/ESXi host, set nonzero values for RAM reservation settings. Reserving some RAM guarantees that idle but in-use desktops are never completely swapped out to disk. It can also reduce storage space consumed by ESX/ESXi swap files. However, higher reservation settings affect your ability to overcommit memory on an ESX/ESXi host and might affect VMotion maintenance operations. RAM Sizing Impact on Storage The amount of RAM that you allocate to a virtual machine is directly related to the size of the certain files that the virtual machine uses. To access the files in the following list, use the Windows guest operating system to locate the Windows page and hibernate files, and use the ESX/ESXi host's file system to locate the ESX/ESXi swap and suspend files. Windows page file VMware, Inc. By default, this file is sized at 150 percent of guest RAM. This file, which is by default located at C:\pagefile.sys, causes thin-provisioned storage to grow because it is accessed frequently. On linked-clone virtual machines, the page file and temporary files can be redirected to a separate virtual disk that is 33 VMware View Architecture Planning deleted when the virtual machines are powered off. Disposable page-file redirection saves storage, slowing the growth of linked clones and also can improve performance. Although you can adjust the size from within Windows, doing so might have a negative effect on application performance. Windows hibernate file for laptops This file can equal 100 percent of guest RAM. You can safely delete this file because it is not needed in View deployments, even if you use View Client with Local Mode. ESX/ESXi swap file This file, which has a .vswp extension, is created if you reserve less than 100 percent of a virtual machine's RAM. The size of the swap file is equal to the unreserved portion of guest RAM. For example, if 50 percent of guest RAM is reserved and guest RAM is 2GB, the ESX/ESXi swap file is 1GB. This file can be stored on the local datastore on the ESX/ESXi host or cluster. ESX/ESXi suspend file This file, which has a .vmss extension, is created if you set the desktop pool logoff policy so that the virtual desktop is suspended when the end user logs off. The size of this file is equal to the size of guest RAM. RAM Sizing for Specific Monitor Configurations When Using PCoIP If you use PCoIP, the display protocol from VMware, the amount of extra RAM that the ESX/ESXi host requires depends in part on the number of monitors configured for end users and on the display resolution. Table 4-1 lists the amount of overhead RAM required for various configurations. The amounts of memory listed in the columns are in addition to the amount of memory required for other PCoIP functionality. Table 4-1. PCoIP Client Display Overhead Display Resolution Standard Width, in Pixels Height, in Pixels 1-Monitor Overhead 2-Monitor Overhead 4-Monitor Overhead VGA 640 480 2.34MB 4.69MB 9.38MB SVGA 800 600 3.66MB 7.32MB 14.65MB 720p 1280 720 7.03MB 14.65MB 28.13MB UXGA 1600 1200 14.65MB 29.30MB 58.59MB 1080p 1920 1080 15.82MB 31.64MB 63.28MB WUXGA 1920 1200 17.58MB 35.16MB 70.31MB QXGA 2048 1536 24.00MB 48.00MB 96.00MB WQXGA 2560 1600 31.25MB 62.50MB 125.00MB When you consider these requirements, note that virtual machine configuration of allocated RAM does not change. That is, you do not need to allocate 1GB of RAM for applications and another 31MB for dual 1080p monitors. Instead, consider the overhead RAM when calculating the total physical RAM required for each ESX/ESXi host. Add the guest operating system RAM to the overhead RAM and multiply by the number of virtual machines. NOTE To use the new 3D rendering feature, available with View 5.0, you must allocate between 64MB and 128MB of VRAM for each Windows 7 View desktop. This non-hardware accelerated graphics feature allows you to use 3D applications such as Windows Aero themes or Google Earth. RAM Sizing for Specific Workloads and Operating Systems Because the amount of RAM required can vary widely, depending on the type of worker, many companies conduct a pilot phase to determine the correct setting for various pools of workers in their enterprise. 34 VMware, Inc. Chapter 4 Architecture Design Elements and Planning Guidelines A good starting point is to allocate 1GB for Windows XP desktops and 32-bit Windows Vista and Windows 7 desktops and 2GB for 64-bit Windows 7 desktops. During a pilot, monitor the performance and disk space used with various types of workers and make adjustments until you find the optimal setting for each pool of workers. Estimating CPU Requirements for Virtual Desktops When estimating CPU, you must gather information about the average CPU utilization for various types of workers in your enterprise. In addition, calculate that another 10 to 25 percent of processing power is required for virtualization overhead and peak periods of usage. NOTE This topic addresses issues regarding CPU requirements when accessing View desktops remotely. If users run a View desktop in local mode on their client systems, the View desktop uses the available CPUs on the client device, up to 2 CPUs. CPU requirements vary by worker type. During your pilot phase, use a performance monitoring tool, such as Perfmon in the virtual machine, esxtop in ESX/ESXi, or vCenter performance monitoring tools, to understand both the average and peak CPU use levels for these groups of workers. Also use the following guidelines: n Software developers or other power uses with high-performance needs might have much higher CPU requirements than knowledge workers and task workers. Dual virtual CPUs are recommended for compute-intensive tasks, if you need to play 720p video using the PCoIP display protocol, and for Windows 7 desktops. n Single virtual CPUs are generally recommended for other cases. Because many virtual machines run on one server, CPU can spike if agents such as antivirus agents all check for updates at exactly the same time. Determine which agents and how many agents could cause performance issues and adopt a strategy for addressing these issues. For example, the following strategies might be helpful in your enterprise: n Use View Composer to update images rather than having software management agents download software updates to each individual virtual desktop. n Schedule antivirus and software updates to run at nonpeak hours, when few users are likely to be logged in. n Stagger or randomize when updates occur. As an informal initial sizing approach, to start, assume that each virtual machine requires 1/8 to 1/10 of a CPU core as the minimum guaranteed compute power. That is, plan a pilot that uses 8 to 10 virtual machines per core. For example, if you assume 8 virtual machines per core and have a 2-socket 8-core ESX/ESXi host, you can host 128 virtual machines on the server during the pilot. Monitor the overall CPU usage on the host during this period and ensure that it rarely exceeds a safety margin such as 80 percent to give enough headroom for spikes. Choosing the Appropriate System Disk Size When allocating disk space, provide only enough space for the operating system, applications, and additional content that users might install or generate. Usually this amount is smaller than the size of the disk that is included on a physical PC. Because datacenter disk space usually costs more per gigabyte than desktop or laptop disk space in a traditional PC deployment, optimize the operating system image size. The following suggestions might help optimize image size: n Remove unnecessary files. For example, reduce the quotas on temporary Internet files. n Choose a virtual disk size that is sufficient to allow for future growth, but is not unrealistically large. VMware, Inc. 35 VMware View Architecture Planning n Use centralized file shares or a View Composer persistent disk for user-generated content and userinstalled applications. The amount of storage space required must take into account the following files for each virtual desktop: n The ESX/ESXi suspend file is equivalent to the amount of RAM allocated to the virtual machine. n The Windows page file is equivalent to 150 percent of RAM. n Log files take up approximately 100MB for each virtual machine. n The virtual disk, or .vmdk file, must accommodate the operating system, applications, and future applications and software updates. The virtual disk must also accommodate local user data and userinstalled applications if they are located on the virtual desktop rather than on file shares. If you use View Composer, the .vmdk files grow over time, but you can control the amount of growth by scheduling View Composer refresh operations, setting a storage over-commit policy for View desktop pools, and redirecting Windows page and temporary files to a separate, nonpersistent disk. You can also add 15 percent to this estimate to be sure that users do not run out of disk space. VMware View ESX/ESXi Node A node is a single VMware ESX/ESXi host that hosts virtual machine desktops in a VMware View deployment. VMware View is most cost-effective when you maximize the consolidation ratio, which is the number of desktops hosted on an ESX/ESXi host. Although many factors affect server selection, if you are optimizing strictly for acquisition price, you must find server configurations that have an appropriate balance of processing power and memory. There is no substitute for measuring performance under actual, real world scenarios, such as in a pilot, to determine an appropriate consolidation ratio for your environment and hardware configuration. Consolidation ratios can vary significantly, based on usage patterns and environmental factors. Use the following guidelines: n As a general framework, consider compute capacity in terms of 8 to 10 virtual desktops per CPU core. For information about calculating CPU requirements for each virtual machine, see “Estimating CPU Requirements for Virtual Desktops,” on page 35. n Think of memory capacity in terms of virtual desktop RAM, host RAM, and overcommit ratio. Although you can have between 8 and 10 virtual desktops per CPU core, if virtual desktops have 1GB or more of RAM, you must also carefully consider physical RAM requirements. For information about calculating the amount of RAM required per virtual machine, see “Estimating Memory Requirements for Virtual Desktops,” on page 33. Note that physical RAM costs are not linear and that in some situations, it can be cost-effective to purchase more smaller servers that do not use expensive DIMM chips. In other cases, rack density, storage connectivity, manageability and other considerations can make minimizing the number of servers in a deployment a better choice. n Finally, consider cluster requirements and any failover requirements. For more information, see “Determining Requirements for High Availability,” on page 45. For information about specifications of ESX/ESXi hosts in vSphere, see the VMware vSphere Configuration Maximums document. 36 VMware, Inc. Chapter 4 Architecture Design Elements and Planning Guidelines Desktop Pools for Specific Types of Workers VMware View provides many features to help you conserve storage and reduce the amount of processing power required for various use cases. Many of these features are available as pool settings. The most fundamental question to consider is whether a certain type of user needs a stateful desktop image or a stateless desktop image. Users who need a stateful desktop image have data in the operating system image itself that must be preserved, maintained, and backed up. For example, these users install some of their own applications or have data that cannot be saved outside of the virtual machine itself, such as on a file server or in an application database. Stateless desktop images Stateless architectures have many advantages, such as being easier to support and having lower storage costs. Other benefits include a limited need to back up the linked-clone virtual machines and easier, less expensive disaster recovery and business continuity options. Stateful desktop images These images might require traditional image management techniques. Stateful images can have low storage costs in conjunction with certain storage system technologies. Backup and recovery technologies such as VMware Consolidated Backup and VMware Site Recovery Manager are important when considering strategies for backup, disaster recovery, and business continuity. You create stateless desktop images by using View Composer and creating floating-assignment pools of linkedclone virtual machines. You create stateful desktop images by creating dedicated-assignment pools of either linked-clone virtual machines or full virtual machines. If you use linked-clone virtual machines, you can configure View Composer persistent disks and folder redirection. Some storage vendors have cost-effective storage solutions for stateful desktop images. These vendors often have their own best practices and provisioning utilities. Using one of these vendors might require that you create a manual dedicated-assignment pool. n Pools for Task Workers on page 38 You can standardize on stateless desktop images for task workers so that the image is always in a wellknown, easily supportable configuration and so that workers can log in to any available desktop. n Pools for Knowledge Workers and Power Users on page 38 Knowledge workers must be able to create complex documents and have them persist on the desktop. Power users must be able to install their own applications and have them persist. Depending on the nature and amount of personal data that must be retained, the desktop can be stateful or stateless. n Pools for Mobile Users on page 39 These users can check out a View desktop and run it locally on their laptop or desktop even without a network connection. n Pools for Kiosk Users on page 40 Kiosk users might include customers at airline check-in stations, students in classrooms or libraries, medical personnel at medical data entry workstations, or customers at self-service points. Accounts associated with client devices rather than users are entitled to use these desktop pools because users do not need to log in to use the client device or the View desktop. Users can still be required to provide authentication credentials for some applications. VMware, Inc. 37 VMware View Architecture Planning Pools for Task Workers You can standardize on stateless desktop images for task workers so that the image is always in a well-known, easily supportable configuration and so that workers can log in to any available desktop. Because task workers perform repetitive tasks within a small set of applications, you can create stateless desktop images, which help conserve storage space and processing requirements. Use the following pool settings: n Create an automated pool so that desktops can be created when the pool is created or can be generated on demand based on pool usage. n Use floating assignment so that users log in to any available desktop. This setting reduces the number of desktops required if everyone does not need to be logged in at the same time. n Create View Composer linked-clone desktops so that desktops share the same base image and use less storage space in the datacenter than full virtual machines. n Determine what action, if any, to take when users log off. Disks grow over time. You can conserve disk space by refreshing the desktop to its original state when users log off. You can also set a schedule for periodically refreshing desktops. For example, you can schedule desktops to refresh daily, weekly, or monthly. n Use the Persona Management feature so that users always have their preferred desktop appearance and application settings, as with Windows user profiles. If you do not have the desktops set to be refreshed or deleted at logoff, you can configure the persona to be removed at logoff. IMPORTANT View Persona Management facilitates implementing a floating-assignment pool for those users who want to retain settings between sessions. Previously, one of the limitations of floating-assignment desktops was that when end users logged off, they lost all their configuration settings and any data stored in the View desktop. Each time end users logged on, their desktop background was set to the default wallpaper, and they would have to configure each application's preferences again. With View Persona Management, an end user of a floating-assignment desktop cannot tell the difference between their session and a session on a dedicatedassignment desktop. Pools for Knowledge Workers and Power Users Knowledge workers must be able to create complex documents and have them persist on the desktop. Power users must be able to install their own applications and have them persist. Depending on the nature and amount of personal data that must be retained, the desktop can be stateful or stateless. Because power users and knowledge workers, such as accountants, sales managers, marketing research analysts, must be able to create and retain documents and settings, you create dedicated-assignment desktops for them. For knowledge workers who do not need user-installed applications except for temporary use, you can create stateless desktop images and save all their personal data outside of the virtual machine, on a file server or in an application database. For other knowledge workers and for power users, you can create stateful desktop images. Use the following pool settings: 38 n Use dedicated assignment pools so that each knowledge worker or power user logs in to the same desktop every time. n Use the Persona Management feature so that users always have their preferred desktop appearance and application settings, as with Windows user profiles. n Use vStorage thin provisioning so that at first, each desktop uses only as much storage space as the disk needs for its initial operation. VMware, Inc. Chapter 4 Architecture Design Elements and Planning Guidelines n For power users and knowledge workers who must install their own applications, which adds data to the operating system disk, create full virtual machine desktops. n If knowledge workers do not require user-installed applications except for temporary use, you can create View Composer linked-clone desktops. The desktop images share the same base image and use less storage space than full virtual machines. n If you use View Composer linked-clone desktops, implement View Persona Management, roaming profiles, or another profile management solution. Configure persistent disks so that you can refresh and recompose the linked-clone OS disks while keeping a copy of the each user profile on the persistent disks. Pools for Mobile Users These users can check out a View desktop and run it locally on their laptop or desktop even without a network connection. View Client with Local Mode provides benefits for both end users and IT administrators. For administrators, local mode allows View security policies to extend to laptops that have previously been unmanaged. Administrators can retain tight control over the applications that run on the View desktop and can centrally manage the desktop just as they do remote View desktops. With local mode, all the benefits of VMware View can also extend to remote or branch offices that have slow or unreliable networks. For end users, benefits include the flexibility of continuing to use their own computers online or offline. The View desktop is automatically encrypted and can easily be synchronized with an image in the datacenter for purposes of disaster recovery. General Recommendations Local mode users might need to access their desktop applications and data from their laptop when no network connection is available. In addition, they might need this data to be regularly and automatically backed up to the datacenter in the event that the laptop is ever lost, damaged, or stolen. To provide these capabilities, you can use the following pool settings. n When creating a virtual machine to base the pool on, configure the minimum amount of RAM and virtual CPUs required by the guest operating system. Desktops that run in local mode adjust the amount of memory and processing power they use based on that available from the client computer. n Create an automated pool so that desktops can be created when the pool is created or can be generated on demand based on pool usage. n Use dedicated assignment because local mode users need to log in to the same desktop every time. n Create View Composer linked-clone desktops so that desktops share the same base image and use less storage space in the datacenter than full virtual machines. n If you want the provisioning process to generate a unique local computer SID and GUID for each linked clone in the pool, select a Sysprep customization specification when you create the pool. Sysprep creates new SIDs and GUIDs during the initial provisioning and after recompose operations. Because you are not likely to recompose local mode pools, the SIDs and GUIDs are not likely to change. n Include in the pool only desktops that are intended to be used in local mode. Local mode virtual machines can be placed on datastores with lower IOPS requirements than storage intended to support large numbers of remote View desktops. Additional Recommendations Targeting Minimal Capital Expenditure You can reduce the number of ESX/ESXi hosts required for your local mode pool if you increase the number of virtual machines per ESX/ESXi host. An ESX/ESXi 4.1 host can accommodate up to 500 virtual machines if most are not powered on at the same time, as is frequently the case for local mode pools. VMware, Inc. 39 VMware View Architecture Planning Use the following recommendations to reduce the amount of bandwidth and I/O operations required by each virtual machine and maximize the number of virtual machines on an ESX/ESXi host. n Set a View policy so that end users must use their View desktops in local mode only. With this setting, the virtual machines in the datacenter remain locked and powered off. n Set local mode policies so that end users cannot initiate desktop rollbacks, data backups, or check-ins to the datacenter. n Do not schedule automatic backups. n Do not turn on SSL for provisioning or downloading local mode desktops. n If the performance of View Connection Server is affected by the number of local desktops, set the heartbeat interval to be less frequent. The heartbeat lets View Connection Server know that the local desktop has a network connection. The default interval is five minutes. Pools for Kiosk Users Kiosk users might include customers at airline check-in stations, students in classrooms or libraries, medical personnel at medical data entry workstations, or customers at self-service points. Accounts associated with client devices rather than users are entitled to use these desktop pools because users do not need to log in to use the client device or the View desktop. Users can still be required to provide authentication credentials for some applications. View desktops that are set to run in kiosk mode use stateless desktop images because user data does not need to be preserved in the operating system disk. Kiosk mode desktops are used with thin client devices or lockeddown PCs. You must ensure that the desktop application implements authentication mechanisms for secure transactions, that the physical network is secure against tampering and snooping, and that all devices connected to the network are trusted. As a best practice, use dedicated View Connection Server instances to handle clients in kiosk mode, and create dedicated organizational units and groups in Active Directory for the accounts of these clients. This practice not only partitions these systems against unwarranted intrusion, but also makes it easier to configure and administer the clients. To set up kiosk mode, you must use the vdmadmin command-line interface and perform several procedures documented in the topics about kiosk mode in the VMware View Administration document. As part of this setup, you can use the following pool settings. 40 n Create an automated pool so that desktops can be created when the pool is created or can be generated on demand based on pool usage. n Use floating assignment so that users can access any available desktop in the pool. n Create View Composer linked-clone desktops so that desktops share the same base image and use less storage space in the datacenter than full virtual machines. n Institute a refresh policy so that the desktop is refreshed frequently, such as at every user logoff. n Use an Active Directory GPO (group policy object) to configure location-based printing, so that the desktop uses the nearest printer. For a complete list and description of the settings available through Group Policy administrative (ADM) templates, see the VMware View Administration document. n Use a GPO if you want to override the default policy that enables connecting local USB devices to the desktop when the desktop is launched or when USB devices are plugged in to the client computer. VMware, Inc. Chapter 4 Architecture Design Elements and Planning Guidelines Desktop Virtual Machine Configuration Because the amount of RAM, CPU, and disk space that virtual desktops require depend on the guest operating system, separate configuration examples are provided for Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 virtual desktops. The example settings for virtual machines such as memory, number of virtual processors, and disk space are VMware View-specific. The guidelines listed in Table 4-2 are for a standard Windows XP virtual desktop running in remote mode. Table 4-2. Desktop Virtual Machine Example for Windows XP Item Example Operating system 32-bit Windows XP (with the latest service pack) RAM 1GB (512MB low end, 2GB high end) Virtual CPU 1 System disk capacity 16GB (8GB low end, 40GB high end) User data capacity (as a persistent disk) 5GB (starting point) Virtual SCSI adapter type LSI Logic Parallel (not the default) Virtual network adapter Flexible (the default) The amount of system disk space required depends on the number of applications required in the base image. VMware has validated a setup that included 8GB of disk space. Applications included Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Reader, Internet Explorer, McAfee Antivirus, and PKZIP. The amount of disk space required for user data depends on the role of the end user and organizational policies for data storage. If you use View Composer, this data is kept on a persistent disk. The guidelines listed in Table 4-3 are for a standard Windows Vista virtual desktop running in remote mode. Table 4-3. Desktop Virtual Machine Example for Windows Vista Item Example Operating system 32-bit Windows Vista (with the latest service pack) RAM 1GB Virtual CPU 1 System disk capacity 20GB (standard) User data capacity (as a persistent disk) 5GB (starting point) Virtual SCSI adapter type LSI Logic Parallel (the default) Virtual network adapter VMXNET 3 The guidelines listed in Table 4-4 are for a standard Windows 7 virtual desktop running in remote mode. Table 4-4. Desktop Virtual Machine Example for Windows 7, on an ESX/ESXi 4.1 or Later Host Item Example Operating system 32-bit Windows 7 (with the latest service pack) RAM 1GB Virtual CPU 1 System disk capacity 20GB (slightly less than standard) User data capacity (as a persistent disk) 5GB (starting point) VMware, Inc. 41 VMware View Architecture Planning Table 4-4. Desktop Virtual Machine Example for Windows 7, on an ESX/ESXi 4.1 or Later Host (Continued) Item Example Virtual SCSI adapter type LSI Logic SAS (the default) Virtual network adapter VMXNET 3 (To use this adapter, you must install Microsoft hotfix patch http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2550978 for Windows 7 SP1 or http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2344941 for previous versions.) vCenter and View Composer Virtual Machine Configuration and Desktop Pool Maximums You install both vCenter Server and View Composer on the same virtual machine. Because this virtual machine is a server, it requires much more memory and processing power than a desktop virtual machine. View Composer can create and provision up to 1,000 desktops per pool if you are using vSphere 4.1 or later. View Composer can also perform a recompose operation on up to 1,000 desktops at a time. Desktop pool size is limited by the following factors: n Each desktop pool can contain only one ESX/ESXi cluster. n Each ESX/ESXi cluster can contain no more than 8 ESX/ESXi hosts. n Each CPU core has compute capacity for 8 to 10 virtual desktops. n The number of IP addresses available for the subnet limits the number of desktops in the pool. For example, if your network is set up so that the subnet for the pool contains only 256 usable IP addresses, the pool size is limited to 256 desktops. Although you can install vCenter Server and View Composer on a physical machine, this example uses a virtual machine with the specifications listed in Table 4-5. The ESX/ESXi host for this virtual machine can be part of a VMware HA cluster to guard against physical server failures. This example assumes that you are using VMware View with vSphere 4.1 or later and vCenter Server 4.1 or later. Table 4-5. vCenter Server Virtual Machine Example and Pool Size Maximum Item Example Operating system 64-bit Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise RAM 4 GB Virtual CPU 2 System disk capacity 40GB Virtual SCSI adapter type LSI Logic SAS (the default for Windows Server 2008) Virtual network adapter E1000 (the default) Maximum View Composer pool size 1,000 desktops IMPORTANT VMware recommends that you place the database to which vCenter and View Composer connect on a separate virtual machine. 42 VMware, Inc. Chapter 4 Architecture Design Elements and Planning Guidelines View Connection Server Maximums and Virtual Machine Configuration When you install View Connection Server, the View Administrator user interface is also installed. This server requires more memory and processing resources than a vCenter Server instance. View Connection Server Configuration Although you can install View Connection Server on a physical machine, this example uses a virtual machine with the specifications listed in Table 4-6. The ESX/ESXi host for this virtual machine can be part of a VMware HA cluster to guard against physical server failures. Table 4-6. Connection Server Virtual Machine Example Item Example Operating system 64-bit Windows Server 2008 R2 RAM 10GB Virtual CPU 4 System disk capacity 40GB Virtual SCSI adapter type LSI Logic SAS (the default for Windows Server 2008) Virtual network adapter E1000 (the default) 1 NIC 1 Gigabit View Connection Server Cluster Design Considerations You can deploy multiple replicated View Connection Server instances in a group to support load balancing and high availability. Groups of replicated instances are designed to support clustering within a LANconnected single-datacenter environment. VMware does not recommend using a group of replicated View Connection Server instances across a WAN due to the communication traffic needed between the grouped instances. In scenarios where a View deployment needs to span datacenters, create a separate View deployment for each datacenter. Maximum Connections for View Connection Server Table 4-7 provides information about the tested limits regarding the number of simultaneous connections that a VMware View deployment can accommodate. This example assumes that you are using VMware View with vSphere 4.1 or later and vCenter Server 4.1 or later. It also assumes that View Connection Server is running on a 64-bit Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise operating system. Table 4-7. View Desktop Connections Maximum Simultaneous Connections Connection Servers per Deployment Connection Type 1 Connection Server Direct connection, RDP or PCoIP; Tunneled connection, RDP; PCoIP Secure Gateway connection 2,000 7 Connection Servers (5 + 2 spares) Direct connection, RDP or PCoIP 10,000 1 Connection Server Unified Access to physical PCs 100 1 Connection Server Unified Access to terminal servers 200 VMware, Inc. 43 VMware View Architecture Planning PCoIP Secure Gateway connections are required if you use security servers for PCoIP connections from outside the corporate network. Tunneled connections are required if you use security servers for RDP connections from outside the corporate network and for USB and multimedia redirection (MMR) acceleration with a PCoIP Secure Gateway connection. You can pair multiple security servers to a single connection server. View Transfer Server Virtual Machine Configuration and Storage View Transfer Server is required to support desktops that run View Client with Local Mode (formerly called Offline Desktop). This server requires less memory than View Connection Server. View Transfer Server Configuration You must install View Transfer Server on a virtual rather than a physical machine and the virtual machine must be managed by the same vCenter Server instance as the local desktops that it will manage. Table 4-8 lists the virtual machine specifications for a View Transfer Server instance. Table 4-8. View Transfer Server Virtual Machine Example Item Example Operating system 64-bit Windows Server 2008 R2 RAM 4GB Virtual CPU 2 System disk capacity 20GB Virtual SCSI adapter type LSI Logic Parallel (not the default, which is SAS) Virtual network adapter E1000 (the default) 1 NIC 1 Gigabit Storage and Bandwidth Requirements for View Transfer Server Several operations use View Transfer Server to send data between the View desktop in vCenter Server and the corresponding local desktop on the client system. When a user checks in or checks out a desktop, View Transfer Server transfers the files between the datacenter and the local desktop. View Transfer Server also synchronizes local desktops with the corresponding desktops in the datacenter by replicating user-generated changes to the datacenter. If you use View Composer linked-clones for local desktops, the disk drive on which you configure the Transfer Server repository must have enough space to store your static image files. Image files are View Composer base images. The faster your network storage disks are, the better performance will be. For information about determining the size of base image files, see the VMware View Administration document. Each Transfer Server instance can theoretically accommodate 60 concurrent disk operations, although network bandwidth will likely be saturated at a lower number. VMware tested 20 concurrent disk operations, such as 20 clients downloading a local desktop at the same time, over a 1GB per second network connection. vSphere Clusters VMware View deployments can use VMware HA clusters to guard against physical server failures. Because of View Composer limitations, the cluster must contain no more than 8 servers, or nodes. VMware vSphere and vCenter provide a rich set of features for managing clusters of servers that host View desktops. The cluster configuration is also important because each View desktop pool must be associated with a vCenter resource pool. Therefore, the maximum number of desktops per pool is related to the number of servers and virtual machines that you plan to run per cluster. 44 VMware, Inc. Chapter 4 Architecture Design Elements and Planning Guidelines In very large VMware View deployments, vCenter performance and responsiveness can be improved by having only one cluster object per datacenter object, which is not the default behavior. By default, VMware vCenter creates new clusters within the same datacenter object. Determining Requirements for High Availability VMware vSphere, through its efficiency and resource management, lets you achieve industry-leading levels of virtual machines per server. But achieving a higher density of virtual machines per server means that more users are affected if a server fails. Requirements for high availability can differ substantially based on the purpose of the desktop pool. For example, a stateless desktop image (floating-assignment) pool might have different recovery point objective (RPO) requirements than a stateful desktop image (dedicated-assignment) pool. For a floating-assignment pool, an acceptable solution might be to have users log in to a different desktop if the desktop they are using becomes unavailable. In cases where availability requirements are high, proper configuration of VMware HA is essential. If you use VMware HA and are planning for a fixed number of desktops per server, run each server at a reduced capacity. If a server fails, the capacity of desktops per server is not exceeded when the desktops are restarted on a different host. For example, in an 8-host cluster, where each host is capable of running 128 desktops, and the goal is to tolerate a single server failure, make sure that no more than 128 * (8 - 1) = 896 desktops are running on that cluster. You can also use VMware DRS (Distributed Resource Scheduler) to help balance the desktops among all 8 hosts. You get full use of the extra server capacity without letting any hot-spare resources sit idle. Additionally, DRS can help rebalance the cluster after a failed server is restored to service. You must also make sure that storage is properly configured to support the I/O load that results from many virtual machines restarting at once in response to a server failure. Storage IOPS has the most effect on how quickly desktops recover from a server failure. Example: Cluster Configuration Example The settings listed in Table 4-9 are VMware View-specific. For information about limits of HA clusters in vSphere, see the VMware vSphere Configuration Maximums document. Table 4-9. HA Cluster Example Item Example Nodes (ESX/ESXi hosts) 8 (including 1 hot spare) Cluster type DRS (Distributed Resource Scheduler)/HA Networking component Standard ESX/ESXi 4.1 cluster network Switch ports 80 Networking requirements depend on the type of server, the number of network adapters, and the way in which vMotion is configured. VMware View Building Blocks A 2,000-user building block consists of physical servers, a VMware vSphere infrastructure, VMware View servers, shared storage, and 2,000 virtual machine desktops. You can include up to five building blocks in a View pod. VMware, Inc. 45 VMware View Architecture Planning Table 4-10. Example of a LAN-Based View Building Block Item Example vSphere clusters 2 or more (with up to 8 ESX/ESXi hosts in each cluster) 80-port network switch 1 Shared storage system 1 vCenter Server with View Composer 1 (can be run in the block itself) Database MS SQL Server or Oracle database server (can be run in the block itself) VLANs 3 (a 1Gbit Ethernet network for each: management network, storage network, and VMotion network) With vCenter 4.1 and 5.0, each vCenter Server can support up to 10,000 virtual machines. This support enables you to have building blocks that contain more than 2,000 View desktops. However, the actual block size is also subject to other View-specific limitations. If you have only one building block in a pod, use two View Connection Server instances for redundancy. Figure 4-1. Components of a VMware View Building Block 2000 users shared storage 8 hosts 8 hosts 2 VMware ESX clusters VMware vCenter Server Shared Storage for View Architectures Storage design considerations are one of the most important elements of a successful View architecture. The decision that has the greatest architectural impact is whether to use View Composer desktops, which use linked-clone technology. The external storage system that VMware vSphere uses can be a Fibre Channel or iSCSI SAN (storage area network), or an NFS (Network File System) NAS (network-attached storage). The ESX/ESXi binaries, virtual machine swap files, and View Composer replicas of parent virtual machines are stored on this system. From an architectural perspective, View Composer creates desktop images that share a base image, which can reduce storage requirements by 50 percent or more. You can further reduce storage requirements by setting a refresh policy that periodically returns the desktop to its original state and reclaims space that is used to track changes since the last refresh operation. 46 VMware, Inc. Chapter 4 Architecture Design Elements and Planning Guidelines You can also reduce operating system disk space by using View Composer persistent disks or a shared file server as the primary repository for the user profile and user documents. Because View Composer lets you separate user data from the operating system, you might find that only the persistent disk needs to be backed up or replicated, which further reduces storage requirements. For more information, see “Reducing Storage Requirements with View Composer,” on page 26. NOTE Decisions regarding dedicated storage components can best be made during a pilot phase. The main consideration is I/Os per second (IOPS). You might experiment with a tiered-storage strategy to maximize performance and cost savings. For more information, see the best-practices guide called Storage Considerations for VMware View. Storage Bandwidth Considerations Although many elements are important to designing a storage system that supports a VMware View environment, from a server configuration perspective, planning for proper storage bandwidth is essential. You must also consider the effects of port consolidation hardware. VMware View environments can occasionally experience I/O storm loads, during which all virtual machines undertake an activity at the same time. I/O storms can be triggered by guest-based agents such as antivirus software or software-update agents. I/O storms can also be triggered by human behavior, such as when all employees log in at nearly the same time in the morning. You can minimize these storm workloads through operational best practices, such as staggering updates to different virtual machines. You can also test various log-off policies during a pilot phase to determine whether suspending or powering off virtual machines when users log off causes an I/O storm. By storing View Composer replicas on separate, high-performance datastores, you can speed up intensive, concurrent read operations to contend with I/O storm loads. In addition to determining best practices, VMware recommends that you provide bandwidth of 1Gbps per 100 virtual machines, even though average bandwidth might be 10 times less than that. Such conservative planning guarantees sufficient storage connectivity for peak loads. Network Bandwidth Considerations For display traffic, many elements can affect network bandwidth, such as protocol used, monitor resolution and configuration, and the amount of multimedia content in the workload. Concurrent launches of streamed applications can also cause usage spikes. Because the effects of these issues can vary widely, many companies monitor bandwidth consumption as part of a pilot project. As a starting point for a pilot, plan for 150 to 200Kbps of capacity for a typical knowledge worker. With the PCoIP display protocol, if you have an enterprise LAN with 100Mb or a 1Gb switched network, your end users can expect excellent performance under the following conditions: n Two monitors (1920x1080) n Heavy use of Microsoft Office applications n Heavy use of Flash-embedded Web browsing n Frequent use of multimedia with limited use of full screen mode n Frequent use of USB-based peripherals n Network-based printing This information was excerpted from the information guide called PCoIP Display Protocol: Information and Scenario-Based Network Sizing Guide. VMware, Inc. 47 VMware View Architecture Planning Optimization Controls Available with PCoIP If you use the PCoIP display protocol from VMware, you can adjust several elements that affect bandwidth usage. n You can adjust the size of the image cache on Windows and Linux client systems, from 50MB to 300MB. Image caching reduces the amount of display data that must be retransmitted. n You can configure the image quality level and frame rate used during periods of network congestion. The quality level setting allows you to limit the initial quality of the changed regions of the display image. Unchanged regions of the image progressively build to a lossless (perfect) quality. You can adjust the frame rate from 1 to 120 frames per second. This control works well for static screen content that does not need to be updated or in situations where only a portion needs to be refreshed. n You can also turn off the build-to-lossless feature altogether if instead of progressively building to perfect quality (lossless), you choose to build to perceptual lossless. n You can control which encryption algorithms are advertised by the PCoIP endpoint during session negotiation. By default, both Salsa20-256round12 and AES-128-GCM algorithms are available. n With regard to session bandwidth, you can configure the maximum bandwidth, in kilobits per second, to correspond to the type of network connection, such as a 4Mbit/s Internet connection. The bandwidth includes all imaging, audio, virtual channel, USB, and control PCoIP traffic. You can also configure a lower limit, in kilobits per second, for the bandwidth that is reserved for the session, so that a user does not have to wait for bandwidth to become available. You can specify the Maximum Transmission Unit (MTU) size for UDP packets for a PCoIP session, from 500 to 1500 bytes. n You can specify the maximum bandwidth that can be used for audio (sound playback) in a PCoIP session. WAN Support and PCoIP For wide-area networks (WANs), you must consider bandwidth constraints and latency issues. The PCoIP display protocol provided by VMware adapts to varying latency and bandwidth conditions. If you use the RDP display protocol, you must have a WAN optimization product to accelerate applications for users in branch offices or small offices. With PCoIP, many WAN optimization techniques are built into the base protocol. n WAN optimization is valuable for TCP-based protocols such as RDP because these protocols require many handshakes between client and server. The latency of these handshakes can be quite large. WAN accelerators spoof replies to handshakes so that the latency of the network is hidden from the protocol. Because PCoIP is UDP-based, this form of WAN acceleration is unnecessary. n WAN accelerators also compress network traffic between client and server, but this compression is usually limited to 2:1 compression ratios. PCoIP is able to provide compression ratios of up to 100:1 for images and audio. For information about the controls introduced with View 5 that you can use to adjust the way PCoIP consumes bandwidth, see “Optimization Controls Available with PCoIP,” on page 48. Bandwidth Requirements for Various Types of Users When determining minimum bandwidth requirements for PCoIP, plan with the following estimates: 48 n 100 to 150Kbps average bandwidth for a basic office productivity desktop: typical office applications with no video, no 3D graphics, and the default Windows and VMware View settings. n 50 to 100Kbps average bandwidth for an optimized office productivity desktop: typical office applications with no video, no 3D graphics, with Windows desktop settings optimized and VMware View optimized. VMware, Inc. Chapter 4 Architecture Design Elements and Planning Guidelines n 400 to 600Kbps average bandwidth for virtual desktops utilizing multiple monitors, 3D, Aero, and Office 2010. n 500Kbps to 1Mbps minimum peak bandwidth to provide headroom for bursts of display changes. In general, size your network using the average bandwidth, but consider peak bandwidth to accommodate bursts of imaging traffic associated with large screen changes. n 2Mbps per simultaneous user running 480p video, depending upon the configured frame rate limit and the video type. NOTE The estimate of 50 to 150Kbps per typical user is based on the assumption that all users are operating continuously and performing similar tasks over an 8- to 10- hour day. The 50Kbps bandwidth usage figure is from View Planner testing on a LAN with the Build-to-Lossless feature disabled. Situations may vary in that some users may be fairly inactive and consume almost no bandwidth, allowing more users per link. Therefore, these guidelines are intended to provide a starting point for more detailed bandwidth planning and testing. The following example shows how to calculate the number of concurrent users at a branch or remote office that has a 1.5Mbps T1 line. Branch or Remote Office Scenario n Users have basic Microsoft Office productivity applications, no video, no 3D graphics, and USB keyboards and mouse devices. n The bandwidth required per typical office user on VMware View is from 50-150Kbps. n The T1 network capacity is 1.5Mbps. n Bandwidth utilization is 80 percent (.8 utilization factor). Formula for Determining the Number of Users Supported n In the worst case, users require 150Kbps: (1.5Mbps*.8)/150Kbps = (1500*.8)/150 = 8 users n In the best case, users require 50Kbps: (1.5Mbps*.8)/50Kbps = (1500*.8)/50 = 24 users Result This remote office can support between 8 and 24 concurrent users per T1 line with 1.5Mbps capacity. IMPORTANT You might require optimization of both VMware View and Windows desktop settings to achieve this user density. This information was excerpted from the information guide called VMware View 5 with PCoIP: Network Optimization Guide. VMware View Pod A VMware View pod integrates five 2,000-user building blocks into a View Manager installation that you can manage as one entity. A pod is a unit of organization determined by VMware View scalability limits. Table 4-11 lists the components of a View pod. Table 4-11. Example of a VMware View Pod Item Number View building blocks 5 View Connection Servers 7 (1 for each building block and 2 spares) 10Gb Ethernet module 1 VMware, Inc. 49 VMware View Architecture Planning Table 4-11. Example of a VMware View Pod (Continued) Item Number Modular networking switch 1 Load-balancing module 1 VPN for WAN 1 (optional) The network core load balances incoming requests across View Connection Server instances. Support for a redundancy and failover mechanism, usually at the network level, prevents the load balancer from becoming a single point of failure. For example, the Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP) communicates with the load balancer to add redundancy and failover capability. If a View Connection Server instance fails or becomes unresponsive during an active session, users do not lose data. Desktop states are preserved in the virtual machine desktop so that users can connect to a different View Connection Server instance and their desktop session resumes from where it was when the failure occurred. Figure 4-2 shows how all the components can be integrated into one manageable entity. Figure 4-2. Pod Diagram for 10,000 View Desktops VMware View building blocks switched networks Each switched network connects to each View Connection Server VMware View Connection Servers load balancing network core 50 VMware, Inc. Planning for Security Features 5 VMware View offers strong network security to protect sensitive corporate data. For added security, you can integrate VMware View with certain third-party user-authentication solutions, use a security server, and implement the restricted entitlements feature. This chapter includes the following topics: n “Understanding Client Connections,” on page 51 n “Choosing a User Authentication Method,” on page 54 n “Restricting View Desktop Access,” on page 56 n “Using Group Policy Settings to Secure View Desktops,” on page 57 n “Implementing Best Practices to Secure Client Systems,” on page 58 n “Assigning Administrator Roles,” on page 58 n “Preparing to Use a Security Server,” on page 58 n “Understanding VMware View Communications Protocols,” on page 63 Understanding Client Connections View Client and View Administrator communicate with a View Connection Server host over secure HTTPS connections. The initial View Client connection, which is used for user authentication and View desktop selection, is created when a user opens View Client and provides an IP address or domain name for the View Connection Server or security server host. The View Administrator connection is created when an administrator types the View Administrator URL into a Web browser. A default server SSL certificate is generated during View Connection Server installation. By default, clients are presented with this certificate when they visit a secure page such as View Administrator. You can use the default certificate for testing, but you should replace it with your own certificate as soon as possible. The default certificate is not signed by a commercial Certificate Authority (CA). Use of noncertified certificates can allow untrusted parties to intercept traffic by masquerading as your server. n Client Connections Using the PCoIP Secure Gateway on page 52 When clients connect to a View desktop with the PCoIP display protocol from VMware, View Client can make a second connection to the PCoIP Secure Gateway component on a View Connection Server instance or a security server. This connection provides the required level of security and connectivity when accessing View desktops from the Internet. VMware, Inc. 51 VMware View Architecture Planning n Tunneled Client Connections with Microsoft RDP on page 52 When users connect to a View desktop with the Microsoft RDP display protocol, View Client can make a second HTTPS connection to the View Connection Server host. This connection is called the tunnel connection because it provides a tunnel for carrying RDP data. n Direct Client Connections on page 53 Administrators can configure View Connection Server settings so that View desktop sessions are established directly between the client system and the View desktop virtual machine, bypassing the View Connection Server host. This type of connection is called a direct client connection. n View Client with Local Mode Client Connections on page 53 View Client with Local Mode offers mobile users the ability to check out View desktops onto their local computer. Client Connections Using the PCoIP Secure Gateway When clients connect to a View desktop with the PCoIP display protocol from VMware, View Client can make a second connection to the PCoIP Secure Gateway component on a View Connection Server instance or a security server. This connection provides the required level of security and connectivity when accessing View desktops from the Internet. As of View 4.6, security servers include a PCoIP Secure Gateway component. The PCoIP Secure Gateway connection offers the following advantages: n The only remote desktop traffic that can enter the corporate data center is traffic on behalf of a strongly authenticated user. n Users can access only the desktop resources that they are authorized to access. n This connection supports PCoIP, which is an advanced remote desktop protocol that makes more efficient use of the network by encapsulating video display packets in UDP instead of TCP. n PCoIP is secured by AES-128 encryption. n No VPN is required, as long as PCoIP is not blocked by any networking component. For example, someone trying to access their View desktop from inside a hotel room might find that the proxy the hotel uses is not configured to allow inbound traffic on TCP port 4172 and both inbound and outbound traffic on UDP port 4172. For more information, see “Firewall Rules for DMZ-Based Security Servers,” on page 62. Security servers with PCoIP support run on Windows Server 2008 R2 and take full advantage of the 64-bit architecture. This security server can also take advantage of Intel processors that support AES New Instructions (AESNI) for highly optimized PCoIP encryption and decryption performance. Tunneled Client Connections with Microsoft RDP When users connect to a View desktop with the Microsoft RDP display protocol, View Client can make a second HTTPS connection to the View Connection Server host. This connection is called the tunnel connection because it provides a tunnel for carrying RDP data. The tunnel connection offers the following advantages: 52 n RDP data is tunneled through HTTPS and is encrypted using SSL. This powerful security protocol is consistent with the security provided by other secure Web sites, such as those that are used for online banking and credit card payments. n A client can access multiple desktops over a single HTTPS connection, which reduces the overall protocol overhead. VMware, Inc. Chapter 5 Planning for Security Features n Because VMware View manages the HTTPS connection, the reliability of the underlying protocols is significantly improved. If a user temporarily loses a network connection, the HTTP connection is reestablished after the network connection is restored and the RDP connection automatically resumes without requiring the user to reconnect and log in again. In a standard deployment of View Connection Server instances, the HTTPS secure connection terminates at the View Connection Server. In a DMZ deployment, the HTTPS secure connection terminates at a security server. See “Preparing to Use a Security Server,” on page 58 for information on DMZ deployments and security servers. Clients that use the PCoIP display protocol can use the tunnel connection for USB redirection and multimedia redirection (MMR) acceleration, but for all other data, PCoIP uses the PCoIP Secure Gateway on a security server. For more information, see “Client Connections Using the PCoIP Secure Gateway,” on page 52. Direct Client Connections Administrators can configure View Connection Server settings so that View desktop sessions are established directly between the client system and the View desktop virtual machine, bypassing the View Connection Server host. This type of connection is called a direct client connection. With direct client connections, an HTTPS connection can still be made between the client and the View Connection Server host for users to authenticate and select View desktops, but the second HTTPS connection (the tunnel connection) is not used. Direct PCoIP connections include the following built-in security features: n PCoIP supports Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) encryption, which is turned on by default. n The hardware implementation of PCoIP uses both AES and IP Security (IPsec). n PCoIP works with third-party VPN clients. For clients that use the Microsoft RDP display protocol, direct client connections are appropriate only if your deployment is inside a corporate network. With direct client connections, RDP traffic is sent unencrypted over the connection between the client and the View desktop virtual machine. View Client with Local Mode Client Connections View Client with Local Mode offers mobile users the ability to check out View desktops onto their local computer. View Client with Local Mode supports both tunneled and nontunneled communications for LAN-based data transfers. With tunneled communications, all traffic is routed through the View Connection Server host, and you can specify whether to encrypt communications and data transfers. With nontunneled communications, unencrypted data is transferred directly between the local desktop on the client system and the View desktop virtual machine in vCenter Server. Local data is always encrypted on the user's computer, regardless of whether you configure tunneled or nontunneled communications. The data disk stored locally on client systems is encrypted using a default encryption strength of AES-128. The encryption keys are stored encrypted on the client system with a key derived from a hash of the user's credentials (username and password or smart card and PIN). On the server side, the key is stored in View LDAP. Whatever security measures you use to protect View LDAP on the server also protect the local mode encryption keys stored in LDAP. NOTE You can change the encryption key cipher from AES-128 to AES-192 or AES-256. VMware, Inc. 53 VMware View Architecture Planning The desktop has a lifetime controlled through policy. If the client loses contact with View Connection Server, the maximum time without server contact is the period in which the user can continue to use the desktop before the user is refused access. On the client side, this expiration policy is stored in a file that is encrypted by a key that is built into the application. This built-in key prevents users who have access to the password from circumventing the expiration policy. Choosing a User Authentication Method VMware View uses your existing Active Directory infrastructure for user authentication and management. For added security, you can integrate VMware View with RSA SecurID and smart card authentication solutions. n Active Directory Authentication on page 54 Each View Connection Server instance is joined to an Active Directory domain, and users are authenticated against Active Directory for the joined domain. Users are also authenticated against any additional user domains with which a trust agreement exists. n RSA SecurID Authentication on page 55 RSA SecurID provides enhanced security with two-factor authentication, which requires knowledge of the user's PIN and token code. The token code is only available on the physical SecurID token. n Smart Card Authentication on page 55 A smart card is a small plastic card that is embedded with a computer chip. Many government agencies and large enterprises use smart cards to authenticate users who access their computer networks. A smart card is also referred to as a Common Access Card (CAC). n Using the Log In as Current User Feature on page 55 When View Client users select the Log in as current user check box, the credentials that they provided when logging in to the client system are used to authenticate to the View Connection Server instance and to the View desktop. No further user authentication is required. Active Directory Authentication Each View Connection Server instance is joined to an Active Directory domain, and users are authenticated against Active Directory for the joined domain. Users are also authenticated against any additional user domains with which a trust agreement exists. For example, if a View Connection Server instance is a member of Domain A and a trust agreement exists between Domain A and Domain B, users from both Domain A and Domain B can connect to the View Connection Server instance with View Client. Similarly, if a trust agreement exists between Domain A and an MIT Kerberos realm in a mixed domain environment, users from the Kerberos realm can select the Kerberos realm name when connecting to the View Connection Server instance with View Client. View Connection Server determines which domains are accessible by traversing trust relationships, starting with the domain in which the host resides. For a small, well-connected set of domains, View Connection Server can quickly determine a full list of domains, but the time that it takes increases as the number of domains increases or as the connectivity between the domains decreases. The list might also include domains that you would prefer not to offer to users when they log in to their desktops. Administrators can use the vdmadmin command-line interface to configure domain filtering, which limits the domains that a View Connection Server instance searches and that it displays to users. See the VMware View Administration document for more information. Policies, such as restricting permitted hours to log in and setting the expiration date for passwords, are also handled through existing Active Directory operational procedures. 54 VMware, Inc. Chapter 5 Planning for Security Features RSA SecurID Authentication RSA SecurID provides enhanced security with two-factor authentication, which requires knowledge of the user's PIN and token code. The token code is only available on the physical SecurID token. Administrators can enable individual View Connection Server instances for RSA SecurID authentication by installing the RSA SecurID software on the View Connection Server host and modifying View Connection Server settings. When users log in through a View Connection Server instance that is enabled for RSA SecurID authentication, they are first required to authenticate with their RSA user name and passcode. If they are not authenticated at this level, access is denied. If they are correctly authenticated with RSA SecurID, they continue as normal and are then required to enter their Active Directory credentials. If you have multiple View Connection Server instances, you can configure RSA SecurID authentication on some instances and a different user authentication method on others. For example, you can configure RSA SecurID authentication only for users who access View desktops remotely over the Internet. VMware View is certified through the RSA SecurID Ready program and supports the full range of SecurID capabilities, including New PIN Mode, Next Token Code Mode, RSA Authentication Manager, and load balancing. Smart Card Authentication A smart card is a small plastic card that is embedded with a computer chip. Many government agencies and large enterprises use smart cards to authenticate users who access their computer networks. A smart card is also referred to as a Common Access Card (CAC). Smart card authentication is supported by the Windows-based View Client and View Client with Local Mode only. It is not supported by View Administrator. Administrators can enable individual View Connection Server instances for smart card authentication. Enabling a View Connection Server instance to use smart card authentication typically involves adding your root certificate to a truststore file and then modifying View Connection Server settings. Client connections that use smart card authentication must be SSL enabled. Administrators can enable SSL for client connections by setting a global parameter in View Administrator. To use smart cards, client machines must have smart card middleware and a smart card reader. To install certificates on smart cards, you must set up a computer to act as an enrollment station. To use smart cards with local desktops, you must select a 1024-bit or 2048-bit key size during smart card enrollment. Certificates with 512-bit keys are not supported for local desktops. By default, View Connection Server uses AES-128 to encrypt the virtual disk file when users check in and check out a local desktop. You can change the encryption key cipher to AES-192 or AES-256. Using the Log In as Current User Feature When View Client users select the Log in as current user check box, the credentials that they provided when logging in to the client system are used to authenticate to the View Connection Server instance and to the View desktop. No further user authentication is required. To support this feature, user credentials are stored on both the View Connection Server instance and on the client system. n On the View Connection Server instance, user credentials are encrypted and stored in the user session along with the username, domain, and optional UPN. The credentials are added when authentication occurs and are purged when the session object is destroyed. The session object is destroyed when the user logs out, the session times out, or authentication fails. The session object resides in volatile memory and is not stored in View LDAP or in a disk file. VMware, Inc. 55 VMware View Architecture Planning n On the client system, user credentials are encrypted and stored in a table in the Authentication Package, which is a component of View Client. The credentials are added to the table when the user logs in and are removed from the table when the user logs out. The table resides in volatile memory. Administrators can use View Client group policy settings to control the availability of the Log in as current user check box and to specify its default value. Administrators can also use group policy to specify which View Connection Server instances accept the user identity and credential information that is passed when users select the Log in as current user check box in View Client. The Log in as current user feature has the following limitations and requirements: n If smart card authentication is set to Required on a View Connection Server instance, smart card users who select the Log in as current user check box must still reauthenticate with their smart card and PIN when logging in to the View desktop. n Users cannot check out a desktop for use in local mode if they selected the Log in as current user check box when they logged in. n The time on the system where the client logs in and the time on the View Connection Server host must be synchronized. n If the default Access this computer from the network user-right assignments are modified on the client system, they must be modified as described in VMware Knowledge Base (KB) article 1025691. n The client machine must be able to communicate with the corporate Active Directory server and not use cached credentials for authentication. For example, if users log in to their client machines from outside the corporate network, cached credentials are used for authentication. If the user then attempts to connect to a security server or a View Connection Server instance without first establishing a VPN connection, the user is prompted for credentials, and the Log in as Current User feature does not work. Restricting View Desktop Access You can use the restricted entitlements feature to restrict View desktop access based on the View Connection Server instance that a user connects to. With restricted entitlements, you assign one or more tags to a View Connection Server instance. Then, when configuring a desktop pool, you select the tags of the View Connection Server instances that you want to be able to access the desktop pool. When users log in through a tagged View Connection Server instance, they can access only those desktop pools that have at least one matching tag or no tags. For example, your VMware View deployment might include two View Connection Server instances. The first instance supports your internal users. The second instance is paired with a security server and supports your external users. To prevent external users from accessing certain desktops, you could set up restricted entitlements as follows: n Assign the tag "Internal" to the View Connection Server instance that supports your internal users. n Assign the tag "External" to the View Connection Server instance that is paired with the security server and supports your external users. n Assign the "Internal" tag to the desktop pools that should be accessible only to internal users. n Assign the "External" tag to the desktop pools that should be accessible only to external users. External users cannot see the desktop pools tagged as Internal because they log in through the View Connection Server tagged as External, and internal users cannot see the desktop pools tagged as External because they log in through the View Connection Server tagged as Internal. Figure 5-1 illustrates this configuration. 56 VMware, Inc. Chapter 5 Planning for Security Features Figure 5-1. Restricted Entitlements Example remote View Client external network DMZ View Security Server local View Client View Connection Server Tag: “External” View Connection Server Tag: “Internal” VM VM VM VM VM VM VM VM desktop pool A Tag: “External” desktop pool B Tag: “Internal” You can also use restricted entitlements to control desktop access based on the user-authentication method that you configure for a particular View Connection Server instance. For example, you can make certain desktop pools available only to users who have authenticated with a smart card. The restricted entitlements feature only enforces tag matching. You must design your network topology to force certain clients to connect through a particular View Connection Server instance. Using Group Policy Settings to Secure View Desktops VMware View includes Group Policy administrative (ADM) templates that contain security-related group policy settings that you can use to secure your View desktops. For example, you can use group policy settings to perform the following tasks. n Specify the View Connection Server instances that can accept user identity and credential information that is passed when a user selects the Log in as current user check box in View Client. n Enable single sign-on for smart card authentication in View Client. n Configure server SSL certificate checking in View Client. n Prevent users from providing credential information with View Client command line options. n Prevent non-View client systems from using RDP to connect to View desktops. You can set this policy so that connections must be View-managed, which means that users must use View Client to connect to View desktops. See the VMware View Administration document for information on using View Client group policy settings. VMware, Inc. 57 VMware View Architecture Planning Implementing Best Practices to Secure Client Systems You should implement best practices to secure client systems. n Make sure that client systems are configured to go to sleep after a period of inactivity and require users to enter a password before the computer awakens. n Require users to enter a username and password when starting client systems. Do not configure client systems to allow automatic logins. n For Mac client systems, consider setting different passwords for the Keychain and the user account. When the passwords are different, users are prompted before the system enters any passwords on their behalf. Also consider turning on FileVault protection. n Local mode client systems might have more network access when they are running in local mode than when they are remote and connected to the intranet. Consider enforcing intranet network security policies for local mode client systems or disable network access for local mode client systems when they are running in local mode. Assigning Administrator Roles A key management task in a VMware View environment is to determine who can use View Administrator and what tasks those users are authorized to perform. The authorization to perform tasks in View Administrator is governed by an access control system that consists of administrator roles and privileges. A role is a collection of privileges. Privileges grant the ability to perform specific actions, such as entitling a user to a desktop pool or changing a configuration setting. Privileges also control what an administrator can see in View Administrator. An administrator can create folders to subdivide desktop pools and delegate the administration of specific desktop pools to different administrators in View Administrator. An administrator configures administrator access to the resources in a folder by assigning a role to a user on that folder. Administrators can only access the resources that reside in folders for which they have assigned roles. The role that an administrator has on a folder determines the level of access that the administrator has to the resources in that folder. View Administrator includes a set of predefined roles. Administrators can also create custom roles by combining selected privileges. Preparing to Use a Security Server A security server is a special instance of View Connection Server that runs a subset of View Connection Server functions. You can use a security server to provide an additional layer of security between the Internet and your internal network. A security server resides within a DMZ and acts as a proxy host for connections inside your trusted network. Each security server is paired with an instance of View Connection Server and forwards all traffic to that instance. You can pair multiple security servers to a single connection server. This design provides an additional layer of security by shielding the View Connection Server instance from the public-facing Internet and by forcing all unprotected session requests through the security server. A DMZ-based security server deployment requires a few ports to be opened on the firewall to allow clients to connect with security servers inside the DMZ. You must also configure ports for communication between security servers and the View Connection Server instances in the internal network. See “Firewall Rules for DMZ-Based Security Servers,” on page 62 for information on specific ports. 58 VMware, Inc. Chapter 5 Planning for Security Features Because users can connect directly with any View Connection Server instance from within their internal network, you do not need to implement a security server in a LAN-based deployment. NOTE As of View 4.6, security servers include a PCoIP Secure Gateway component so that clients that use the PCoIP display protocol can use a security server rather than a VPN. For information about setting up VPNs for using PCoIP, see the following solutions overviews, available on the VMware Web site: n VMware View and Juniper Networks SA Servers SSL VPN Solution n VMware View and F5 BIG-IP SSL VPN Solution n VMware View and Cisco Adaptive Security Appliances (ASA) SSL VPN Solution Best Practices for Security Server Deployments You should follow best practice security policies and procedures when operating a security server in a DMZ. The DMZ Virtualization with VMware Infrastructure white paper includes examples of best practices for a virtualized DMZ. Many of the recommendations in this white paper also apply to a physical DMZ. To limit the scope of frame broadcasts, the View Connection Server instances that are paired with security servers should be deployed on an isolated network. This topology can help prevent a malicious user on the internal network from monitoring communication between the security servers and View Connection Server instances. Alternatively, you might be able to use advanced security features on your network switch to prevent malicious monitoring of security server and View Connection Server communication and to guard against monitoring attacks such as ARP Cache Poisoning. See the administration documentation for your networking equipment for more information. Security Server Topologies You can implement several different security server topologies. The topology illustrated in Figure 5-2 shows a high-availability environment that includes two load-balanced security servers in a DMZ. The security servers communicate with two View Connection Server instances inside the internal network. VMware, Inc. 59 VMware View Architecture Planning Figure 5-2. Load-Balanced Security Servers in a DMZ remote View Client external network DMZ load balancing View Security Servers View Connection Servers Microsoft Active Directory vCenter Management Server ESX hosts running Virtual Desktop virtual machines When remote users connect to a security server, they must successfully authenticate before they can access View desktops. With appropriate firewall rules on both sides of the DMZ, this topology is suitable for accessing View desktops from client devices located on the Internet. You can connect multiple security servers to each instance of View Connection Server. You can also combine a DMZ deployment with a standard deployment to offer access for internal users and external users. The topology illustrated in Figure 5-3 shows an environment where four instances of View Connection Server act as one group. The instances in the internal network are dedicated to users of the internal network, and the instances in the external network are dedicated to users of the external network. If the View Connection Server instances paired with the security servers are enabled for RSA SecurID authentication, all external network users are required to authenticate by using RSA SecurID tokens. 60 VMware, Inc. Chapter 5 Planning for Security Features Figure 5-3. Multiple Security Servers remote View Client external network View Client internal network DMZ load balancing View Security Servers load balancing View Connection Servers vCenter Management Server Microsoft Active Directory ESX hosts running Virtual Desktop virtual machines You must implement a hardware or software load balancing solution if you install more than one security server. View Connection Server does not provide its own load balancing functionality. View Connection Server works with standard third-party load balancing solutions. Firewalls for DMZ-Based Security Servers A DMZ-based security server deployment must include two firewalls. n An external network-facing, front-end firewall is required to protect both the DMZ and the internal network. You configure this firewall to allow external network traffic to reach the DMZ. n A back-end firewall, between the DMZ and the internal network, is required to provide a second tier of security. You configure this firewall to accept only traffic that originates from the services within the DMZ. Firewall policy strictly controls inbound communications from DMZ services, which greatly reduces the risk of compromising your internal network. Figure 5-4 shows an example of a configuration that includes front-end and back-end firewalls. VMware, Inc. 61 VMware View Architecture Planning Figure 5-4. Dual Firewall Topology View Client View Client HTTPS traffic front-end firewall fault-tolerant load balancing mechanism HTTPS traffic DMZ View Security Server View Security Server back-end firewall internal network View Connection Server View Connection Server VMware vCenter Active Directory VMware ESX servers Firewall Rules for DMZ-Based Security Servers DMZ-based security servers require certain firewall rules on the front-end and back-end firewalls. Front-End Firewall Rules To allow external client devices to connect to a security server within the DMZ, the front-end firewall must allow traffic on certain TCP and UDP ports. Table 5-1 summarizes the front-end firewall rules. Table 5-1. Front-End Firewall Rules 62 Source Protocol Port Destination Notes Any HTTP 80 Security server External client devices use port 80 to connect to a security server within the DMZ when SSL is disabled. Any HTTPS 443 Security server External client devices use port 443 to connect to a security server within the DMZ when SSL is enabled (the default). Any PCoIP TCP 4172 UDP 4172 Security server External client devices use TCP port 4172 to a security server within the DMZ when SSL is enabled and also use UDP port 4172 in both directions. VMware, Inc. Chapter 5 Planning for Security Features Back-End Firewall Rules To allow a security server to communicate with each View Connection Server instance that resides within the internal network, the back-end firewall must allow inbound traffic on certain TCP ports. Behind the back-end firewall, internal firewalls must be similarly configured to allow View desktops and View Connection Server instances to communicate with each other. Table 5-2 summarizes the back-end firewall rules. Table 5-2. Back-End Firewall Rules Source Protocol Port Destination Notes Security server HTTP 80 Transfer Server Security servers can use port 80 to download View desktop data to local mode desktops from the Transfer Server and to replicate data to the Transfer Server. Security server HTTPS 443 Transfer Server If you configure View Connection Server to use SSL for local mode operations and desktop provisioning, security servers use port 443 for downloads and replication between local mode desktops and the Transfer Server. Security server AJP13 8009 View Connection Server Security servers use port 8009 to transmit AJP13-forwarded Web traffic to View Connection Server instances. Security server JMS 4001 View Connection Server Security servers use port 4001 to transmit Java Message Service (JMS) traffic to View Connection Server instances. Security server RDP 3389 View desktop Security servers use port 3389 to transmit RDP traffic to View desktops. NOTE For MMR, TCP port 9427 is used alongside RDP. Security server PCoIP TCP 4172 UDP 4172 View desktop Security servers use TCP port 4172 to transmit PCoIP traffic to View desktops, and security servers use UDP port 4172 to transmit PCoIP traffic in both directions. Security Server PCoIP or RDP TCP 32111 View desktop For USB redirection, TCP port 32111 is used alongside PCoIP or RDP from the client to the View desktop. TCP Ports for View Connection Server Intercommunication Groups of View Connection Server instances use additional TCP ports to communicate with each other. For example, View Connection Server instances use port 4100 to transmit JMS inter-router (JMSIR) traffic to each other. Firewalls are generally not used between the View Connection Server instances in a group. Understanding VMware View Communications Protocols VMware View components exchange messages by using several different protocols. Figure 5-5 illustrates the protocols that each component uses for communication when a security server is not configured. That is, the secure tunnel for RDP and the PCoIP secure gateway are not turned on. This configuration might be used in a typical LAN deployment. VMware, Inc. 63 VMware View Architecture Planning Figure 5-5. VMware View Components and Protocols Without a Security Server Mac, Windows, and Linux Clients RDP Client Thin Client thin client operating system View Client PCoIP RDP PCoIP HTTP(S) HTTP(S) View Administrator View Secure GW Server & PCoIP Secure GW View Connection Server View Messaging RDP HTTP(S) View Broker & Admin Server SOAP vCenter Server View Manager LDAP JMS RDP PCoIP RDP View Agent PCoIP View desktop virtual machine NOTE This figure shows direct connections for clients using either PCoIP or RDP. The default setting, however, is to have direct connections for PCoIP and tunnel connections for RDP. See Table 5-3 for the default ports that are used for each protocol. Figure 5-6 illustrates the protocols that each component uses for communication when a security server is configured. This configuration might be used in a typical WAN deployment. 64 VMware, Inc. Chapter 5 Planning for Security Features Figure 5-6. VMware View Components and Protocols with a Security Server Mac, Windows, and Linux Clients RDP Client Thin Client thin client operating system View Client HTTP(S) HTTP(S) HTTP(S) HTTP(S) PCoIP View Security Server RDP View Secure GW Server & PCoIP Secure GW PCoIP PCoIP RDP JMS AJP13 View Administrator View Secure GW Server & PCoIP Secure GW View Connection Server View Messaging HTTP(S) View Broker & Admin Server SOAP vCenter Server View Manager LDAP JMS RDP PCoIP RDP PCoIP View Agent View desktop virtual machine Table 5-3 lists the default ports that are used by each protocol. Table 5-3. Default Ports Protocol Port JMS TCP port 4001 AJP13 TCP port 8009 NOTE AJP13 is used in a security server configuration only. HTTP TCP port 80 HTTPS TCP port 443 RDP TCP port 3389 For MMR, TCP port 9427 is used alongside RDP. NOTE If the View Connection Server instance is configured for direct client connections, these protocols connect directly from the client to the View desktop and are not tunneled through the View Secure GW Server component. SOAP TCP port 80 or 443 VMware, Inc. 65 VMware View Architecture Planning Table 5-3. Default Ports (Continued) Protocol Port PCoIP TCP port 4172 from View Client to the View desktop. PCoIP also uses UDP port 4172 in both directions. PCoIP or RDP For USB redirection, TCP port 32111 is used alongside PCoIP or RDP from the client to the View desktop. View Broker and Administration Server The View Broker component, which is the core of View Connection Server, is responsible for all user interaction between VMware View clients and View Connection Server. View Broker also includes the Administration Server that is used by the View Administrator Web client. View Broker works closely with vCenter Server to provide advanced management of View desktops, including virtual machine creation and power operations. View Secure Gateway Server View Secure Gateway Server is the server-side component for the secure HTTPS connection between VMware View clients and a security server or View Connection Server instance. When you configure the tunnel connection for View Connection Server, RDP, USB, and Multimedia Redirection (MMR) traffic is tunneled through the View Secure Gateway component. When you configure direct client connections, these protocols connect directly from the client to the View desktop and are not tunneled through the View Secure Gateway Server component. NOTE Clients that use the PCoIP display protocol can use the tunnel connection for USB redirection and multimedia redirection (MMR) acceleration, but for all other data, PCoIP uses the PCoIP Secure Gateway on a security server. View Secure Gateway Server is also responsible for forwarding other Web traffic, including user authentication and desktop selection traffic, from VMware View clients to the View Broker component. View Secure Gateway Server also passes View Administrator client Web traffic to the Administration Server component. PCoIP Secure Gateway As of View 4.6, security servers include a PCoIP Secure Gateway component. When the PCoIP Secure Gateway is enabled, after authentication, View clients that use PCoIP can make another secure connection to a security server. This connection allows remote clients to access View desktops from the Internet. When you enable the PCoIP Secure Gateway component, PCoIP traffic is forwarded by a security server to View desktops. If clients that use PCoIP also use the USB redirection feature or multimedia redirection (MMR) acceleration, you can enable the View Secure Gateway component in order to forward that data. When you configure direct client connections, PCoIP traffic and other traffic goes directly from a View client to a View desktop. When end users such as home or mobile workers access desktops from the Internet, security servers provide the required level of security and connectivity so that a VPN connection is not necessary. The PCoIP Secure Gateway component ensures that the only remote desktop traffic that can enter the corporate data center is traffic on behalf of a strongly authenticated user. End users can access only the desktop resources that they are authorized to access. 66 VMware, Inc. Chapter 5 Planning for Security Features View LDAP View LDAP is an embedded LDAP directory in View Connection Server and is the configuration repository for all VMware View configuration data. View LDAP contains entries that represent each View desktop, each accessible View desktop, multiple View desktops that are managed together, and View component configuration settings. View LDAP also includes a set of View plug-in DLLs to provide automation and notification services for other VMware View components. View Messaging The View Messaging component provides the messaging router for communication between View Connection Server components and between View Agent and View Connection Server. This component supports the Java Message Service (JMS) API, which is used for messaging in VMware View. By default, RSA keys that are used for intercomponent message validation are 512 bits. The RSA key size can be increased to 1024 bits if you prefer stronger encryption. If you want all keys to be 1024 bits, the RSA key size must be changed immediately after the first View Connection Server instance is installed and before additional servers and desktops are created. See VMware Knowledge Base (KB) article 1024431 for more information. Firewall Rules for View Connection Server Certain ports must be opened on the firewall for View Connection Server instances and security servers. When you install View Connection Server on Windows Server 2008, the installation program can optionally configure the required Windows firewall rules for you. When you install View Connection Server on Windows Server 2003 R2, you must configure the required Windows firewall rules manually. Table 5-4. Ports Opened During View Connection Server Installation Protocol Ports View Connection Server Instance Type JMS TCP 4001 in Standard and replica JMSIR TCP 4100 in Standard and replica AJP13 TCP 8009 in Standard and replica HTTP TCP 80 in Standard, replica, and security server HTTPS TCP 443 in Standard, replica, and security server PCoIP TCP 4172 in; UDP 4172 both directions Standard, replica, and security server Firewall Rules for View Agent The View Agent installation program opens certain TCP ports on the firewall. Ports are incoming unless otherwise noted. Table 5-5. TCP Ports Opened During View Agent Installation Protocol Ports RDP 3389 USB redirection 32111 VMware, Inc. 67 VMware View Architecture Planning Table 5-5. TCP Ports Opened During View Agent Installation (Continued) Protocol Ports MMR 9427 PCoIP 4172 (TCP and UDP) The View Agent installation program configures the local firewall rule for inbound RDP connections to match the current RDP port of the host operating system, which is typically 3389. If you change the RDP port number, you must change the associated firewall rules. If you instruct the View Agent installation program to not enable Remote Desktop support, it does not open ports 3389 and 32111, and you must open these ports manually. If you use a virtual machine template as a desktop source, firewall exceptions carry over to deployed desktops only if the template is a member of the desktop domain. You can use Microsoft group policy settings to manage local firewall exceptions. See the Microsoft Knowledge Base (KB) article 875357 for more information. Firewall Rules for Active Directory If you have a firewall between your VMware View environment and your Active Directory server, you must make sure that all of the necessary ports are opened. For example, View Connection Server must be able to access the Active Directory Global Catalog and Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) servers. If the Global Catalog and LDAP ports are blocked by your firewall software, administrators will have problems configuring user entitlements. See the Microsoft documentation for your Active Directory server version for information about the ports that must be opened for Active Directory to function correctly through a firewall. Firewall Rules for View Client with Local Mode View Client with Local Mode data is downloaded and uploaded through port 902. If you intend to use View Client with Local Mode, port 902 must be accessible to your ESX/ESXi host. 68 VMware, Inc. Overview of Steps to Setting Up a VMware View Environment 6 Complete these high-level tasks to install VMware View and configure an initial deployment. Table 6-1. View Installation and Setup Check List Step Task 1 Set up the required administrator users and groups in Active Directory. Instructions: VMware View Installation and vSphere documentation 2 If you have not yet done so, install and set up VMware ESX/ESXi hosts and vCenter Server. Instructions: vSphere documentation 3 If you are going to deploy linked-clone desktops, install View Composer on the vCenter Server system. Instructions: VMware View Installation document 4 Install and set up View Connection Server. Instructions: VMware View Installation document 5 If you are going to use desktops in local mode, install Transfer Server. Instructions: VMware View Installation document 6 Create one or more virtual machines that can be used as a template for full-clone desktop pools or as a parent for linked-clone desktop pools. Instructions: VMware View Administration document 7 Create a desktop pool. Instructions: VMware View Administration document 8 Control user access to desktops. Instructions: VMware View Administration document 9 Install View Client on end users' machines and have end users access their View desktops. Instructions: VMware View Installation 10 (Optional) Create and configure additional administrators to allow different levels of access to specific inventory objects and settings. Instructions: VMware View Administration document 11 (Optional) Configure policies to control the behavior of View components, desktop pools, and desktop users. Instructions: VMware View Administration document 12 (Optional) Configure View Persona Management, which gives users access to personalized data and settings whenever they log in to a desktop. Instructions: VMware View Administration document 13 (Optional) For added security, integrate smart card authentication and RSA SecurID solutions. Instructions: VMware View Administration document VMware, Inc. 69 VMware View Architecture Planning 70 VMware, Inc. Index Symbols .vmdk files 35 A Active Directory 9, 29, 54 ADM template files 57 Administration Server 66 administrator roles 58 Adobe Flash 25 agent, View 12 AJP13 protocol 62, 63 application virtualization and provisioning 27, 28 architectural design elements 31 B back-end firewall configuring 61 rules 62 bandwidth 47, 48 base image for virtual desktops 26 Business Intelligence software 13 C check list for setting up VMware View 69 client connections direct 53 PCoIP Secure Gateway 52, 58, 66 tunnel 52 client systems, best practices for securing 58 clones, linked 12, 27 cluster, vSphere 44 communication protocols, understanding 63 connection types client 51 direct 53 external client 58 PCoIP Secure Gateway 52, 58, 66 tunnel 52 cores, virtual machines density 35 CPU estimates 35, 41 credentials, user 55 D datastores 26 dedicated-assignment desktop pools 25, 26 delegated administration 58 demilitarized zone 58, 59, 61, 66 desktop as a managed service (DaaS) 7 desktop pools 12, 25, 26, 37 desktop sources 25 diagram of a View deployment 9 direct client connections 43, 53 disk space allocation for virtual desktops 35, 41 display protocols defined 17 Microsoft RDP 15, 17, 53 PCoIP 53, 58 View PCoIP 9, 15, 17 Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) 44 DMZ 10, 58, 59, 61, 66 dual-firewall topology 61 E encryption of user credentials 55 supported by Microsoft RDP 17 supported with PCoIP 17 entitlements, restricted 56 ESX/ESXi hosts 36 F feature support matrix 15 Fibre Channel SAN arrays 26 firewall rules Active Directory 68 View Agent 67 View Client with Local Mode 68 View Connection Server 67 firewalls back-end 61 front-end 61 rules 62 floating-assignment desktop pools 25 front-end firewall configuring 61 rules 62 database sizing 42 database types 45 VMware, Inc. 71 VMware View Architecture Planning G P gateway server 66 GPOs, security settings for View desktops 57 parent virtual machine 26, 27 PCoIP 7, 9, 15, 17, 53, 58, 66 PCoIP Secure Gateway connection 52, 58, 66 persistent disks 26 persona management, configuring and managing 18 Persona Management 9 physical PCs 43 policies, desktop 29 pools desktop 26, 37 kiosk users 40 knowledge workers 38 local mode users 39 task workers 38 pools, desktop 12, 25 power users 32 printers 15 printing, virtual 22 processing requirements 35 professional services 5 provisioning desktops 7 H HA cluster 42–44 I I/O storms 47 iSCSI SAN arrays 26 J Java Message Service 67 Java Message Service protocol 62 JMS protocol 62, 63 K kiosk mode 40 knowledge workers 32, 33, 38 L LAN configurations 45 latency 48 LDAP configuration data 13 LDAP directory 10, 67 legacy PCs 10 linked clones 12, 26, 27, 43, 46 load balancing, View Connection Server 45, 49, 59 local desktop use, benefits 19 local desktops, View Transfer Server 13 local mode, See local desktop local mode users 39 Log in as current user feature 22, 55 LUNs 26 M Mac clients 10, 12 media file formats supported 22 memory allocation for virtual machines 33, 41 messaging router 67 Microsoft RDP 15, 17, 23, 53 multimedia redirection (MMR) 22 multimedia streaming 22 multiple monitors 9, 17, 23 N NAS arrays 26 network bandwidth 47 O Offline Desktop (Local Mode), See local desktop 72 R RAM allocation for virtual machines 33, 41 rebalance feature 26 recompose feature 27 refresh feature 27, 35 remote desktops, compared to local desktops 19 replicas 26 restricted entitlements 56 roaming profiles 18 RSA key size, changing 67 RSA SecurID authentication 55 S scalability, planning for 31 SCOM 13 SCSI adapter types 41 security features, planning 51 security servers best practices for deploying 59 firewall rules for 62 implementing 58 load balancing 59 overview 10 PCoIP Secure Gateway 66 setup, VMware View 69 shared storage 26, 46 single sign-on (SSO) 12, 22, 55 VMware, Inc. Index smart card authentication 55 smart card readers 21, 55 snapshots 27 software provisioning 28 storage, reducing, with View Composer 26 storage bandwidth 47 storage configurations 46 streaming applications 28 streaming multimedia 22 suspend files 33, 35 swap files 33 T task workers 32, 33, 38 TCP ports Active Directory 68 View Agent 67 View Client with Local Mode 68 View Connection Server 67 technical support 5 templates, GPO 29 terminal servers 43 thin client support 10, 15 ThinApp 28 tunnel connection 43, 52 tunneled communications 53, 66 U UDP ports 62 Unified Access 43 USB devices, using with View desktops 9, 15, 21 USB redirection 21, 22 user authentication Active Directory 54 methods 54 RSA SecurID 55 smart cards 55 user profiles 18 user types 32 View Connection Server configuration 12, 29, 43 grouping 59 load balancing 59 overview 10 RSA SecurID authentication 55 smart card authentication 55 View deployment diagram 9 View desktop configurations 31 View Messaging 67 View node configuration 36 View Open Client 11 View pod 45, 49 View Portal 10, 12 View PowerCLI 13 View Secure Gateway Server 66 View Transfer Server configuration 44 synchronizing local desktops 13 virtual machine configuration for vCenter 42 for View Composer 42 for View Connection Server 43 for View desktops 31 for View Transfer Server 44 virtual printing feature 9, 15, 22 virtual private networks 17, 58 virtual profiles 9, 15 VMotion 44 VMware View with Local Mode, See local desktop vSphere 7, 9, 26 vSphere cluster 44, 45 W WAN support 48 Windows page file 35 Windows roaming profiles 18 worker types 31–33, 35, 37 Wyse MMR 15, 22 V vCenter, configuration 42 vCenter Server 12, 25 vdmadmin command 13 View Administrator 12, 29 View Agent 12, 29 View Broker 66 View Client 11, 29 View Client for Linux 11 View Client with Local Mode, connections 53 View Composer, operations 43, 46 VMware, Inc. 73 VMware View Architecture Planning 74 VMware, Inc.