Volatile Environment/Client information

I recently had cause to revisit viewing/editing the values in the volatile environment key, within the view desktop session, for a customer who needed to identify various pieces of information from the connecting endpoint. One of our Devs needed to be able to find this information and pass it through to Systrack to create some bespoke dashboards, using what is produced within the volatile environment key. There’s some really useful information in here if you’ve never had cause to go through it!

HKCU\Volatile Environment\x

Client System Information

Horizon View Events DB viewer

I had a customer today who needed to see what was going on in the Events DB, as they were having issues with disconnects, without having to pull the information out manually using SQL. I came across the following fling that came in really useful:

https://labs.vmware.com/flings/horizon-view-events-database-export-utility#summary

In these circumstances, you’ll probably still need to check out the actual Horizon View and PCOIP logs

https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/1027744

App rationalisation – AppVolumes (Systrack)

I was recently working with a rather large finance customer who were moving to VDI (Horizon View) and even after engaging with VMware, were still none the wiser about how to rationalise and define what apps could be put on various Appstacks that would best server their users.

We came up with a dashboard that defined what apps would be in common appstacks per groups (say, office, chrome etc) and then ones that would be specific to groups (HR apps, finance apps etc). The customer could then easily see what apps were in use and how complex the app could potentially be to virtualise. This can really be used with any app layering tech, or even be manipulated for app delivery. It gave the customer visibility into their own estate, without having to involve any further 3rd parties. You’ll have to excuse the test data though! There’s plenty more on App Rationalisation and such I’ll post over time – it doesn’t really matter on the final delivery or virtualisation method as the data lets you work with any technology.

appvolumes image

VMware SDDC Certificate Tool Fling

I think most people have had issues with replacing/updating certificates on the various virtual appliances that will be floating around their infrastructure, thankfully (and finally someone has done it!), there’s a fling created to help with this! Much kudos to the creators!

Replacing SSL certificates across VMware products is a manual and time-consuming process. The SDDC Certificate Tool automates this workflow and makes it easy to keep certificates across your SDDC up to date. It will replace all certificates in the supported products and reestablish trust between the components.

Supported Products

  • VMware Platform Services Controller (PSC)
  • VMware vCenter Server (VC)
  • VMware NSX for vSphere (NSX)
  • vRealize Log Insight (vRLI)
  • vRealize Operations Manager (vROps)
  • vRealize Automation (vRA)
  • vRealize Business for Cloud (vRB)

 

SDDC Certificate Tool

Visual ESXiTop

Not everyone likes digging into the VI/Command line, or it’s not always easy to get access, or the right person to do it…Then it’s even more awkward to get that information out to somebody…

 

Not anymore – thanks to the magic and hard work put into Flings!

https://labs.vmware.com/flings/visualesxtop

VisualEsxtop is an enhanced version of resxtop and esxtop. VisualEsxtop can connect to VMware vCenter Server or ESX hosts, and display ESX server stats with a better user interface and more advanced features.

Features

  1. Live connection to ESX host or vCenter Server
  2. Flexible way of batch output
  3. Load batch output and replay them
  4. Multiple windows to display different data at the same time
  5. Line chart for selected performance counters
  6. Flexible counter selection and filtering
  7. Embedded tooltip for counter description
  8. Color coding for important counters