Last week I had the privilege of upgrading a customer’s sizable vSphere 5.0 and View 5.1 environment to 5.1 and 5.2, respectively. The experience was valuable, as it provided the chance to provision and test, for the first time (for me), HTML5 virtual desktop access. The benefit of clientless access to virtual desktops is that it opens many use cases that are either difficult or impossible to address with the client-based model of desktop delivery. Many of our customers are doing trials on Chromebooks, and considering where they fit in compared to thin clients and thick clients, especially in the education market. Desktop performance on a Chromebook using View 5.2’s HTML5 access is impressive and definitely suitable for a lot of academic uses, including standardized testing, ad-hoc computer labs, remote access, and quick deployments of end-user machines.
I’ve found the View 5.2 evaluation guide a very good place to get a handle on how to deploy View 5.2, including its HTML5 access feature. If you’re new to View, and face installing it in a lab or production environment, I think you’ll find this useful. If you’ve deployed View 5 or 5.1 a bunch of times previously, as I have, you’ll quickly get the differences you need to know before scoping or performing an installation.
Of the upgrade project, which included nearly 20 hosts and two vCenter servers, the View infrastructure pieces took only an hour to upgrade. The rest of the work took most of a week, with limited outage windows and rolling ESXi upgrades using a custom ISO and Update Manager, but that’s a subject for another post.
- View Desktop Pool with HTML Access HowTo | Justin’s IT Blog (ivanero123.wordpress.com)
- VMware Horizon Workspace Review (gothamtg.com)