For my last post before leaving for the holiday I’d like to announce that VMware View 4 is available for download.
One prerequisite is that you’re running on VMware vSphere 4.0 Update 1 or at least Update 3 of the VI 3.5 Suite.
The most anticipated feature (IMO) with View 4 is full PCoIP support, which brings a full rich desktop experience regardless of the connection type (LAN or WAN). This truly means that virtualized desktops are a viable option for almost any environment now. Another amazing feature of PCoIP is the ability to support up to four monitors so now even my desktop could be a virtual one.
Here are a few of the other new features found in the VMware View 4 Release Notes:
**VMware View 4 Release Notes
Enhanced single sign-on – The Log in as current user feature is integrated with Active Directory and smart cards to help simplify the process of logging in to a VMware View desktop.
Restricted entitlements – Administrators can control user access to virtual desktops based on the View Connection Server being used for authentication.**
Smart card policies – Administrators can set group policies to force desktop disconnection and require reconnection when users remove smart cards.**
Domain filtering – You can use vdmadmin.exe to control the accessibility of domains and traverse trust relationships more quickly.
You can cleanly delete View desktops using scripts.
You can log in to View desktops using user principal names (UPN).
You can explicitly configure IP addresses to override those supplied by the View Agent when accessing a desktop.
Mixed Active Directory and Kerberos authentication is supported.
From viewing the VMware HCL it appears that there are a number of Thin Clients that already have full support for PCoIP and View 4.
Another topic of discussion on Twitter was the Guest O/S support matrix, there were concerns that Windows 7 wouldn’t be supported as a Guest. From what I’ve read in KB 1015591 it appears that there is full support for Windows 95/98, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP Professional, Windows Vista Ultimate, Business or Enterprise, and Windows 7.
So, go download your trial today and experience a true rich experience that PCoIP can provide.