Author: Thomas Poppelgaard

Citrix Virtual Apps & Desktop 7 1909

Citrix have released a new version of Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop 7 1909.

Release is now available for download, September 19, 2019.

Citrix Virtual Apps (former name: XenApp) Citrix Virtual Desktop (former name: XenDesktop)

Citrix raises the bar of for user experience and new product release of following technologies:

  • Director 1909
  • Virtual Delivery Agents 1909 for ServerOS and ClientOS
  • Virtual Delivery Agent 1909 for Linux
  • Citrix Licensing 11.16
  • Citrix Federated Authentication Service 1909
  • Storefront 1909
  • Provisioning 1909
  • Profile Management 1909
  • Workspace Environment Management 1909
  • Session Recording 1909
  • Workspace App 1909 for Linux
  • Workspace App 1909 for Chrome
  • Workspace App 1909 for Android
  • Workspace App 1909 for HTML5
  • Workspace App 1909 for ChromeOS

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VMware Horizon 7.10

VMware have released a new version of VMware Horizon 7.10, and this release is for now general available from 17th September 2019.

This is a major release, so I hope you like this article I put together.

VMware have made some huge improvements in this release, which customers/partners are going to benefit from.

VMware Horizon 7.10 is now supporting the new NVIDIA RTX GPU’s (RTX6000, RTX8000) HINT – If you are using Nvidia vGPU (on-prem) I highly recommend you upgrade to vGPU 9.1 and Horizon 7.10 and vSphere 6.7CU3.

I have in this article also included the new features of Horizon Cloud service for IBM Cloud, AWS, Azure.

Vmware Horizon 7.10 have a big update to Blast Extreme, it have a new Adaptive Codec, which replaces JPEG/PNG codec, I am excited to learn more about this and how this can benefits customers and hopefully RDanalyzer.com guys also gets this into their client so we can better understand what’s happening inside the protocol from a user perspective.

Vmware also have a new Codec switching which automatically switches codec based on screen content: I can see a big value for end users with this new feature and this will make experience even better with VMware Horizon.

VMware Horizon 7.10 is a Extended Service Branch (ESB) release, Horizon 7.10 VMware Horizon 7.10 supports now VMware Skyline Log Assist for better logging and analysis.

VMware also made this great video of what’s new

 Now, lets dig into what’s new in this major release.

What is new in VMware Horizon 7.10

VMware Horizon 7.10 provides the following new features and enhancements

  • VMware Horizon Connection Server On-Premises
  • VMware Horizon Agent for Linux
  • VMware Horizon Agent for Windows
  • VMware Horizon GPO Bundle
  • VMware Dynamic Environment Manager 9.9 (former VUEM)
  • VMware Unified Access Gateway 3.7
  • VMware AppVolume 2.18
  • VMware vRealize Operations for Horizon 6.6
  • VMware Horizon Clients 5.2 for Android, Chrome, Linux, iOS, Mac, Windows, UWP, HTML Access

VMware Horizon Cloud services:

  • VMware Horizon Cloud Service 2.1 (Azure, AWS, On-prem)
  • VMware Horizon Cloud Service on IBM Cloud 19.3

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NVIDIA vGPU Software v 9.1

Hi All

Its time to plan updating your NVIDIA TESLA M6, M10, M60, P4, P6, P40, P100, V100, T4, RTX6000, RTX8000 with NVIDIA vGPU software 9.1.

NVIDIA have released new drivers for vGPU 9.1. This new-feature branch is supported until June 2020.

I have in this article also included which Public Cloud instance is available with NVIDIA GPUs and which license is BYO or provided by the public cloud provider such as Alibaba, Azure, AWS, GCP, Alibaba.

For a list of validated server platforms, refer to NVIDIA vGPU Certified Servers.

Important:

  • Citrix XenServer 7.0, 7.1 is not supported with NVIDIA Tesla T4
  • NVIDIA vGPU 9.0 is supported with VMware Horizon 7.9 7.8, 7.7, 7.6, 7.5, 7.4, 7.3, 7.2, 7.1, 7.0, 6.2
  • NVIDIA vGPU 9.0 is only supported with Citrix Virtual Apps & Desktops 7.15, 7.18, 7 1903, 7 1906 in HDX 3D Pro mode
  • If you are a customer using XenServer 7.2, 7.3, 7.4, 7.5 its no longer supported with NVIDIA vGPU 9.1 and should plan upgrading to XenServer 7.6 or Citrix Hypervisor 8.0

This release includes the following software:

  • NVIDIA vGPU Manager version 430.46 for the Citrix Hypervisor, VMware vSphere, RHEL KVM, Nutanix AHV
  • NVIDIA Windows driver version 431.79
  • NVIDIA Linux driver version 430.46

New Features in Release 9.1

  • Starting with release 6.7 U3, the assignment of multiple vGPUs to a single VM is supported.
  • Support for NVIDIA vComputeServer vGPUs on the following GPUs:
    • Quadro RTX 6000
    • Quadro RTX 8000
  • Security updates
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes

Hardware and Software Support Introduced in Release 9.1

  • Support for Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops version 7 1906

Following bugfixes are solved in vGPU 9.1

Bug ID Summary and Description
200526633

9.0 only: VM crashes after the volatile ECC error count is reset

After the command nvidia-smi -p 0 is run from a guest VM to reset the volatile ECC error count, the VM crashes.

200525006

9.0 only: Incorrect ECC error counts are reported for vGPUs on some GPUs

Incorrect ECC error counts are reported for vGPUs on some GPUs when the command nvidia-smi -q is run from a guest VM.

200524555

9.0 only: On Linux VMs, the license directory is not deleted when the guest driver is uninstalled

On Linux guest VMs, the license directory /etc/nvidia/license is not deleted when the NVIDIA vGPU softwaregraphics driver is uninstalled.

200524348

9.0 only: nvidia-smi shows the incorrect ECC state for a vGPU

nvidia-smi vgpu -q shows the incorrect ECC state of a vGPU when ECC is enabled on the physical GPU but disabled on the vGPU from the vGPU VM. This issue occurs because data for the physical GPU host is not being reset and is being reused even after reboot.

200522255

9.0 only: No vComputeServer option available in NVIDIA X Server Settings

The vComputeServer option is missing from the Manage License section in the NVIDIA X Server Settings window.

200434909

9.0 only: Users’ view sessions may become corrupted after migration

When a VM configured with vGPU under heavy load is migrated to another host, users’ view sessions may become corrupted after the migration.

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VMware Horizon 7.9

VMware have released a new version of VMware Horizon 7.9 this is a major release and is for now GA 3th July 2019

VMware have made some huge improvements in this release, which customers/partners are going to benefit from. I highly recommend you read my big overview so you can read why you should upgrade to latest release.

What is new in VMware Horizon 7.9

VMware Horizon 7.9 provides the following new features and enhancements

  • Horizon Connection Server On-Premises
  • Horizon Agent for Linux
  • Horizon Agent for Windows
  • Horizon GPO Bundle
  • Horizon 7 Cloud Connector
  • Horizon 7 Deployed on VMware Cloud on AWS
  • VMware User Environment Manager 9.8
  • VMware Unified Access Gateway 3.6
  • VMware AppVolume 2.17
  • Horizon Clients for Android, Chrome, Linux, iOS, Mac, Windows, UWP

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NVIDIA vGPU Software v 9.0

Hi All

Its time to plan updating your NVIDIA TESLA M6, M10, M60, P4, P6, P40, P100, V100, T4, RTX6000, RTX8000 with NVIDIA vGPU software 9.0

NVIDIA have released new drivers for NVIDIA vGPU 9.0 for June 2019 This new-feature branch is supported until June 2020.

I have in this article also included which Public Cloud instance is available with NVIDIA GPUs and which license is BYO or provided by the public cloud provider such as Alibaba, Azure, AWS, GCP. One of the news is that Alibaba is supporting vGPU in their offerings which is pretty awesome.

For a list of validated server platforms, refer to NVIDIA vGPU Certified Servers.

Important:

  • Citrix XenServer 7.0, 7.1 is not supported with NVIDIA Tesla T4
  • NVIDIA vGPU 9.0 is supported with VMware Horizon 7.9 7.8, 7.7, 7.6, 7.5, 7.4, 7.3, 7.2, 7.1, 7.0, 6.2
  • NVIDIA vGPU 9.0 is only supported with Citrix Virtual Apps & Desktops 7.15, 7.18, 7 1903, 7 1906 in HDX 3D Pro mode
  • If you are a customer using XenServer 7.2, 7.3, 7.4, 7.5 its no longer supported with NVIDIA vGPU 9.0 and should plan upgrading to XenServer 7.6 or Citrix Hypervisor 8.0

This release includes the following software:

  • NVIDIA vGPU Manager version 430.27 for the Citrix Hypervisor, VMware vSphere, RHEL KVM, Nutanix AHV
  • NVIDIA Windows driver version 431.02
  • NVIDIA Linux driver version 430.30

New in this Release:

  • New Features in Release 9.0

    • NVIDIA vComputeServer vGPUs for artificial intelligence, deep learning, and high-performance computing workloads
    • Error correcting code (ECC) memory support
    • Page retirement support
    • Peer-to-peer CUDA transfers over NVLinksupport
    • Configurable times slices for equal share schedulers and fixed share schedulers
    • New configuration parameter to specify host ID of a licensed client

    Hardware and Software Support Introduced in Release 9.0

    • Support for Windows 10 May 2019 Update (1903) as a guest OS
    • Support for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS as a guest OS on Citrix Hypervisor 7.1 cumulative update 2
    • Support for the Tesla T4 GPU on Nutanix AHV
    • Support for VMware Horizon 7.9

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