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thodie
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What's next...in View 5.3?

Dear Community,

In our case we are looking for a good alternative to Oracle SGD and thought with View we were at the right place...

But after evaluating View in Version 5.2 (by using Security Server in DMZ, Composer and linked-clones) my conclusion is:

It seems to be great solution for virtualizing desktops, but not (hopefully YET) for managing terminalservers.

Why we think View is not yet ready for managing terminalservers:

- No HTML access for terminalservers

- No PCoIP for terminalservers

- No Windows Server 2012

- Printing on terminlservers managed by View is not usable without having additional ThinPrint engines and licenses

- only single servers can be published, it seems to not be possible to have multiple servers published by assigning them to single or multiple user-groups.

- by accessing single systems through Horizon Workspace there is no printing and audio support

Yes we found some other good articles about how to use PCoIP and HTML access for Terminalservers anyway and also how to get Windows 2012 working together with View, but as long as these are all unsupported and unofficial solutions, it will be of course not a choice for us to go into production that way.

As we know VMware products since a long time often there are big steps between their releases.

And therefore maybe the one or other has already some more information regarding the next version of View, especially in regards of the use of terminalservers?

Every hint/Input would be welcome...

Also if one has maybe another point of view or experiences regarding the use of MS TerminalServers (2008, 2012) together with View?

Thank you and regards,

thodie

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mpryor
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Taking these points in order, for existing View 5 and below releases:

- No HTML access for terminalservers

- No PCoIP for terminalservers

Both the View HTML access and PCoIP remoting are based on remoting the VM console session, you can't use PCoIP with terminal server sessions today no matter how much you hack at the installer - new technology is required to run as terminal server sessions in a pure way as you can only ever have one "physical" console per windows machine. I don't see this being a feature small enough to be in a minor release.

- No Windows Server 2012

For existing features this is really a qualification exercise, so I can't really comment on that.

- Printing on terminlservers managed by View is not usable without having additional ThinPrint engines and licenses

As I commented on another thread, VMware have a licensing agreement to provide ThinPrint functionality for VDI sessions but this does not extend to terminal services. Since terminal servers are supported with RDP only, you can either use the built-in RDP printer redirection (if that provides sufficient functionality for you) or get a thirdparty license.

- only single servers can be published, it seems to not be possible to have multiple servers published by assigning them to single or multiple user-groups.

You definitely can have multiple terminal servers in a View pool, new connections will be load balanced amongst servers based on the number of free session slots on each server.

- by accessing single systems through Horizon Workspace there is no printing and audio support

This I can't comment on in too much detail as it's not View functionality, but if the connection is RDP then printing and audio are natively supported in the protocol. Or are you talking about using HTML access (which isn't supported)?

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