NVIDIA GRID 2.0

Written by Thomas Poppelgaard. Posted in 8.1, Citrix, DirectX 12, FrameHawk, GRID, GRID 2.0, HDX 3D, HDX 3D Pro, Maxwell, Microsoft, NVIDIA, Server 2012R2, vDGA, vGPU, View, VMware, vSphere, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012R2, XenApp, XenDesktop, XenServer

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NVIDIA have released the next generation of GRID 2.0. GRID 2.0 is based on the Maxwell architecture and the GRID 1.0 (K1/K2) was based on the Kepler architecture. I have been working with the GRID 1.0 technology since 2012 and it have matured alot in its 2 years of history. When the K1/K2 was released they was first working with GPU pass-through and then vGPU got introduced and you could virtualize the GPUs and increase density, which people wanted. Citrix was with their hypervisor the first company that supported NVIDIA GRID 1.0 and they was also the first company integrating vGPU into their Citrix Studio, so companies could easier provisioning machines with either MCS technology or PVS technology. VMware supported GRID 1.0 vGPU technology in 2015 in their hypervisor VMware vSphere 6.0 and fully integrated with their EUC stack VMware View, so companies can fully provisioning machines. The great thing about GRID 2.0 is that there is no need for a conversation when to choose either a K1 or a K2, if you required GPU compute or GPU framebuffer, now K1/K2 have been replaced with a M60, and if you are a bladeserver now you can add the powerfull vGPU technology into your systems with the M6.

Please notice that M6 will 0nly be supporting newer architecture of vendors not old platforms.

Maxwell architecture

Maxwell architecture is the new architecture of GPUs and a powerful GPU you might know is the Titan X

New GPUs GRID 2.0 and specifications

In GRID 2.0 NVIDIA now have a GPU for blade servers a MXM single socket, High-end GPU called M6

In GRID 2.0 NVIDIA replaces K1/K2 with the new PCIe 3.0 Dual Socket, Dual High-end GPU called M60
The M60 delivers 4096 CUDA or compute and 16GB GDDR5 memory/framebuffer

The M60 has 6x the h.264 encoders of the K2, and also Maxwell supports 4:4:4 chroma sub sampling, which is great news for encoders.

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vGPU software editions and license

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NVIDIA GRID 2.0 software is available in three editions that deliver accelerated virtual desktops to support the needs of your users. These editions include Virtual PC, Virtual Workstation, and Virtual Workstation Extended. GRID perpetual licenses are sold by Concurrent Connected User (CCU).

CCU stands for Concurrent Connected User. It represents the maximum number of user VMs allowed to actively connect at any given time. CCUs are shared across a company by any user that needs them. This is in contrast to a “named user” license which requires a license or seat to be purchased for each individual user whether they are using it at the time or not.

NVIDIA GRID 2.0 software is much more than a “driver”. While the software package does include a guest driver for Windows and Linux, it also includes the NVIDIA GRID vGPU manager for VMware vSphere and Citrix XenServer, as well as the license server and M6/M60 mode switching utility.

NVIDIA Tesla M6 and M60 profiles are specific to the M6 and M60. There will be similar profiles as to what NVIDIA had on K1 and K2 (512 MB through 4 GB), all with twice the number of users on M6/ M60 compared to K1/K2. Plus, there is an additional 8 GB profile on M6/M60 which also adds support for CUDA, which wasn’t available on K1/K2.

NVIDIA GRID 2.0 is Maxwell only. If you are an existing customer K1/K2 are unchanged and will remain as a parallel option.

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The NVIDIA GRID 2.0 solution

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Summary

GA of NVIDIA GRID 2.0 (M60 and M6) will be 15 September 2015.

To get NVIDIA GRID 2.0 if you are a Citrix customer you need:
Server hardware that supports NVIDIA GRID 2.0 +NVIDIA GPU M60 or M6 + NVIDIA vGPU Software license + Citrix XenDesktop or XenApp License (XenServer is included in XD/XA licenses)

To get NVIDIA GRID 2.0 if you are a VMware customer you need:
Server hardware that supports NVIDIA GRID 2.0 +NVIDIA GPU M60 or M6  + NVIDIA vGPU Software license + VMware Horizon license (Horizon includes vSphere for Desktop)

If you are a Citrix customer that wants to run on VMware vSphere you need:

Server hardware that supports NVIDIA GRID 2.0 + NVIDIA GPU M60 or M6 + NVIDIA vGPU Software license + Citrix XenDesktop or XenApp License + VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus license or vSphere for Desktop license

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Citrix – HDX 3D Pro beyond limits part 1

Written by Thomas Poppelgaard. Posted in Citrix, GRID, HDX 3D Pro, NVIDIA, Receiver, Reciever, vGPU, XenDesktop

Hi All

This is a video blog post series I am creating to show you as an audience how powerful remote graphics is from Citrix & NVIDIA.
You are now able to work from anywhere, any time, any device. You just need an internet connection (Satellit, Edge/3G)

This video shows the user experience with Citrix XenDesktop 7.6 VDI workload (virtualized Windows 8.1 64bit) The workload have a NVIDIA GRID K2 vGPU K220Q GPU profile assigned.

The workload is running in a datacenter in EMEA and secured by Citrix Netscaler and SMS Passcode.

The end device that is used to connect to the Citrix workload is a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 using Windows 10 and Citrix Receiver 14.3

Video is recorded by Apple iPhone 6+

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is connected using my Phones internet connetion which was at that time switching between “EDGE” and “3G”. Bandwidth was 300KB-5Mbit and latency is from 500MS-7000MS, jitter is not meassured.

Please notice this video is recorded on a boat sailing between Denmark and Sweden in Europe, this trip took place July 2015.

Purpose of this video:

Show the audience how powerful Citrix HDX 3D Pro is using NVIDIA GRID in extreme conditions with latency I have never tried it on and I was still able to interact realtime with computer graphics thats running securely in a datacenter in EMEA.

This technology is so powerful and can be used in critical conditions where an employee can access graphics, (2D, 3D) or even rich graphics such as browsers, viewers, office productivity, erp systems. Imagine an engineer on an Oil rig requires to see a critical component that requires to be changed and the data can be accesable connected to a datacenter thousands of kilometers away securely and remotely. This is the future of working, making you work on any device, any where, any place.

More about Citrix HDX 3D Pro
https://www.citrix.dk/products/xendes…

More about NVIDIA GRID
http://www.nvidia.com/object/grid-tec…

GPUperf2 – FREE Community tool
http://www.virtualexperience.no/sdm_d…

Used for realtime your GPU usage and remote protocol bandwidth usage

/Poppelgaard

Mac Client Printer Mapping Fix for Citrix XenDesktop/XenApp 7.6

Written by Thomas Poppelgaard. Posted in Best Practise, Citrix, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012R2, XenApp, XenDesktop

Hi all

If you have users that have a Apple Mac OSX device such as (iMac, Macbook, Macbook Pro) then this article might be interesting for you. I am helping many clients around the world and I often see more companies adapting Apple OSX devices. Specially SMB and Enterprises are adapting Apple Macbook products these days cause they are powerfull computers and have some of the best design and reliability. Many companies have no other option to adapt Apple OSX devices, so they attract the right talented employee, which are requesting this device if they want to work at the company, and you think this is funny then welcome to reality, Apple is back and more powerful than before. The good news is that Citrix can help with this and bring any app to work on these devices and secure the workspace with the Citrix Receiver where the user connect to a central and secure solution. The challenge comes when the user have local printers to their mac device and now tell IT they want to print from their Citrix session.

In latest release of Citrix XenDesktop, XenApp 7.6 if your users on Mac OSX devices, wants to use local printers and then connect to their remote Citrix VDI (Windows 8/8.1) or XenApp (Server 2012/2012R2) and then print, this is not going to work. Before this article got released users would only be able to get local printing working  to a Windows 7 VDI or a XenApp server running Server 2008R2.

If you have users running pure Windows Computers, then you are not going to run into this issue with getting local printers to work with a Citrix environment running Windows 7/8/8.1, Server 2008R2/2012/2012R2.

In Citrix XenDesktop 7.6, default policies are set to map all client printers, so you dont have configure this policy.

Summary if you have a Mac device and Citrix Receiver and local printers installed on your Mac, now you want to accomplish connecting to your VDI (Windows 8/8.1) XenApp (Windows Server 2012/2012R2) then you are going to fail, do below and you succeed.

Solution:

(how to get local printers to work on a Apple OSX computer with Citrix Receiver to a XenDesktop/XenApp 7.6 environment running Windows 8/8.1 or Server 2012/2012R2)
  1. On the desktop you want to configure, open Control Panel > View Devices and Printers.
  2. Select any Printer, for example Microsoft XPS Document Writer.
  3. Click Print server properties, as displayed in the following screen shot:
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  1. Select Drivers tab.
  2. Click Add > Next.
  3. Choose Processor Architecture, click Next.
  4. Select Windows Update.
  5. Select Manufacturer ‘HP’ and Printers ‘HP Color LaserJet 2800 Series PS’ (if there are two versions of this driver displayed, choose the Microsoft version)
  6. Click NextFinish.
  7. Now connect or reconnect to your Citrix XenApp session running (Server 2012/2012R2) or Citrix XenDesktop VDI session running (Windows 8/8.1) then your local printers will be mapped in Citrix session and you can print.

Have fun.

/Poppelgaard

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NVIDIA GRID vGPU 346.68-348.27

Written by Thomas Poppelgaard. Posted in Citrix, GRID, HDX 3D, HDX 3D Pro, Horizon, Microsoft, NVIDIA, Server 2012R2, vGPU, View, VMware, vSphere, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012R2, XenApp, XenDesktop, XenServer

NVIDIA have released a new GRID Virtual GPU Manager 346.68 for Citrix XenServer 6.5 and VMware vSphere 6.
NVIDIA have in this release also released Windows drivers for vGPU 348.27

Important:

The GRID Virtual GPU Manager 346.68 is not updated in this release, its only the Windows drivers for vGPU 348.27
If you have GRID Virtual GPU Manager 346.68 installed in either XenServer or VMware you only need to update your VMs.

The GRID vGPU Manager and Windows guest VM drivers must be installed together.

Older VM drivers will not function correctly with this release of GRID vGPU Manager. Similarly, older GRID vGPU Managers will not function correctly with this release of Windows guest drivers.

 

What is fixed in Windows driver for vGPU 348.27 VM using Citrix XenServer 6.5

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What is fixed in Windows drivers for vGPU 348.27 VM using VMware vSphere 6

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Source

Download NVIDIA GRID vGPU 346.68-348.27 for Citrix XenServer 6.5 here

Download NVIDIA GRID vGPU 346.68-348.27 for VMware vSphere 6 here

Microsoft MVP award

Written by Thomas Poppelgaard. Posted in Microsoft, Most Valuable Professional, MVP, Windows Server 2008R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012R2

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Hi all

I am very proud to be awarded Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) by Microsoft.

This is my first award from Microsoft and I am now part of a fine bunch of geeks. Expect many great things coming from me around Microsoft :)

Thank you all for your support and believing in the values I do, I will make sure to bring lots of knowledge into the MVP program.

/Thomas Poppelgaard

mvp

 

Recent Comments

Riyaz

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Hi,
I am looking for some hosting control panel for Xendesktop/XenApp in a multitenant hosting environment. Is there any such solution exists?
Thanks

Regards,
Riyaz

Phil Lavers

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Thank you for the Blog. Question:- If I have x000 XenDesktop Platinum Licenses which version of XenServer is applied. I have License Server 11.12.1
I can assign ‘XenApp/XenDesktop Platinum’ license or
I can assign ‘Xenserver Standard Per-Socket (2 Required) or\
I can assign ‘Xenserver Enterprise Per-Socket (2 Required)

Based on your Blog I can see the difference between Standard and Enterprise – But what do you get if you have XenDesktop Platinum?

Thank you

Jeff Rutherford

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Thomas, given your knowledge of NVIDIA GRID and your many blog posts, you might be interested in new research commissioned by NVIDIA, VMware and Dell. According to the new survey/research conducted by IDG on behalf of NVIDIA, VMware and Dell, just under one-quarter of respondents’ organizations (24%) have deployed a virtualized graphics solution, while 19% have deployment plans in the next 1-2 years. Another 22%, while they have no firm plans, have an interest in virtualizing their workstation or graphics user environment.

The purpose of the survey and research was to better understand user experiences and challenges with demanding graphics applications in use today, in addition to deployment plans for virtualized graphics solutions.

Other findings from the survey included:

Eighty percent of respondents agreed that long cycle times to load and save large graphic data sets in virtualized environments impede productivity. Among those who agreed, more than one third (35%) reported it takes an hour or more to load or save a large graphic data set.

Less than half (42%) rate the user experience of their organizations’ graphics applications as excellent or very good. The most important potential capabilities that respondents are looking for in a graphics application include improved security/disaster recovery (69% rating critical/very important), shortened load time (67%) and graphics acceleration (63%).

You can read more about the survey here:

http://bit.ly/1GOmGGs

Jeff Rutherford, commenting on behalf of IDG, NVIDIA, VMware, and Dell

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