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This blog has been created to share technical information, interesting innovations that I notice on daily basis and Architectural/Consulting overview of various technologies. My areas of interest, on which I would be blogging, are VMware, Microsoft and Citrix Technologies. I hope you will enjoy this blog and share your experience with me.

Collect Horizon View Connection Server Logs in vRealize Log Insight

If you are using the VMware Horizon View Content Pack for Log Insight it will capture the Connection Server logs (Log-Date.txt and Debug-Date.txt etc.). However, it doesn’t work out of the box by deploying the Content Pack alone. You will have to enable the View GPO (vdm_common.adm) onto the Connection Servers in order to get the logs captured by Log Insight. In our scenario without the GPO it was only able to capture the Windows Events Application, System and Security only.

You need to perform the following steps:

  1. Download the Horizon 6 View GPO Bundle (VMware-Horizon-View-Extras-Bundle-3.5.0-2999900.zip) from https://my.vmware.com Downloads section. The Build number will depend on your version of Horizon View
  2. Extract the View Common Configuration Template (vdm_common.adm) from the zip bundle and copy it over to the domain controller
  3. Create a new OU and name it E.g. ViewServers and move all the Connection Server machine accounts into that OU
  4. Open gpmc.msc on the domain controller go to the newly created OU – ViewServers and “Create a new GPO and link it here” give a name to the GPO as ViewLoginsight and then click on Edit
  5. Go to Computer Configuration –> Policies –> Administrative Templates right click open “Add/Remove Templates” to import the vdm_common.adm file.
  6. Go to Computer Configuration –> Policies –> Administrative Templates –> Classic Administrative Templates (ADM) –> VMware View Common Configuration –> Log Configuration
  7. Select “Send Logs to Syslog server” choose Enabled under the Send logs to Syslog Server type – Debug|LogInsightIPAddress (E.g. Debug|10.10.10.1, Info|10.10.10.1, Trace|10.10.10.1)
  8. On the Connection Server VM make sure you have the following entry added. Navigate to %ProgramData%\VMware\Log Insight Agent\
  9. Open the liagent.ini file in any text Editor (Notepad, Notepad ++ etc.)
  10. Add the following configuration parameters to the file
    [filelog|ViewMain]
    directory="C:\ProgramData\VMware\VDM\logs"
    include=log-*.txt;debug-*.txt
    exclude=wsnm_starts.txt
    Note: We are only capturing the logs from Connection Server and not from the View Agent (deployed on the desktops). We have removed the pcoip_server and pcoip_agent from the default string as mentioned under Tech Specs in Solution Exchange portal page.
  11. Save and Restart the VMware Log Insight Agent service.

You will be able to see the Horizon View Connection Server logs getting captured to the Log Insight Manager: (Example below)

CSLoginsight

There is also a detailed blog post on this topic by one of my colleague Sivaprasad click on this link - http://incloudnet.com/2015/01/08/view-loginsight-support/

Thanks,
Aresh

EUC Sessions for VMworld 2016

Folks, I have submitted couple of sessions for the VMworld 2016. If you would like to see them go on stage then please vote! I highly recommend voting on other sessions which you might be interested in

How to Vote?
Create a Account on the VMworld 2016 website - https://www.vmworld.com/registration-create!input.jspa

Search in VMworld 2016 Catalogue - http://www.vmworld.com/uscatalog.jspa

Direct Links to my session
http://www.vmworld.com/uscatalog.jspa?search=8244
http://www.vmworld.com/uscatalog.jspa?search=8265

How VMware IT Implemented App Volumes and Said Goodbye to Traditional Application Delivery [8244]

The traditional approach to application delivery and lifecycle management within the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) can be cumbersome and time consuming. The biggest challenge with this approach, is that it impedes the organization’s ability to be agile in times of change. In this session we will discuss how to size and architect Apps Volumes to deliver applications in real-time. We will explore the various application delivery methods such as App Stacks and Writable Volumes and best practices on integrating App Volumes with Horizon View for effective virtual desktops and application delivery with VMware.

Using EVO Software Defined Data Center for Managing VMware’s Horizon’s Automated Deployment and Lifecycle [8265]

VMware Horizon is leading the way for end-user computing. The latest version of Horizon introduced cutting-edge technologies in order to reduce the customers’ total cost of ownership (TCO). Combining Horizon with EVO Software Defined Data Center (EVO SDDC) allows the customer to easily deploy the desired right-sized Horizon View domain in an hour and enables further expansion as needed. In this session we will review the Horizon View architecture, the automation process, lifecycle management and EVO SDDC compute details.

Please Vote!

Thanks in advance,
Aresh Sarkari

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