VMware Horizon 7.7

VMware have released a new version of VMware Horizon 7.7

I am very excited about this new release because now VMware is finally supporting physically workstations, so customers example can implement VMware Horizon on HPE Edgeline Engineering workstation I wrote about some weeks ago. I have been testing the new VMware Horizon client with m710x Intel Iris Pro graphics and AMD WX4100 and it is working out of the box, which is great.

There is also made some huge improvements on the VMware Horizon client for Chrome, Linux, Windows, UWP, Mac, HMTL5. 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 7.7

Compatibility Updates and New OS Support

  • Windows Server 2019 is supported for desktop and RDSH server VMs.
  • VMware vSphere 6.7 U1 and VMware vSAN 6.7 Update 1 are supported.
  • Horizon 7 on VMware Cloud on AWS (SDDC Version 1.5) is supported and includes new features.
  • Upgrades can now be performed on the Horizon 7 Cloud Connector virtual appliance. This appliance is used for integrating the Horizon Cloud Service with Horizon 7 on-premises and VMware Cloud on AWS deployments.
  • VMware Virtualization Pack for Skype for Business can now be used in an IPv6 environment.
  • Horizon Clients include support for recent OS releases, including macOS 10.14 (Mojave) and Android 9.1

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Citrix Virtual Apps & Desktop 7 1811 released

Citrix have released a new version of Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop 7 1811 is now available for download.

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

Microsoft Windows Server 2019 & Windows 10 1809 is supported with this release.

Another great thing is that now “infrastructure components for Citrix” can be installed on Microsoft Windows ServerCore, which means a minimum OS and only install what is required, no GUI just raw performance, something which a lot of service providers, customers are going to like. This is important for scalability and automation and having best TCO running a Citrix infrastructure. Citrix director & delivery controller now works and is supported on ServerCore (WS2012r2/WS2016/WS2019).

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

  • New Product names, versions, editions
  • Director 1811
  • Virtual Delivery Agents 1811 for ServerOS and ClientOS
  • Virtual Delivery Agents 1811 for Desktop OS Core Services
  • Virtual Delivery Agent 1811 for Linux
  • Provisioning 1811
  • Storefront 1811
  • Session Recording 1811
  • App Layering 1812
  • Licensing 11.15.0.0 Build 26000
  • HDX RealTime Optimization Pack 2.7
  • Workspace App 1812 for Windows
  • Workspace App 1812 for Mac
  • Workspace App 1812 for Android

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HPE Edgeline Engineering Workstation with AMD and Citrix Cloud

HPE Edgeline Engineering Workstation – Overview

Back in 2016 I wrote about the next generation workstation, and things have evolved and at HPE Discover in Madrid, 28th November 2018, HPE announced HPE Edgeline Engineering Workstation with AMD and Citrix Cloud. The new offerings have new enhanced GPU capability with the HPE m710x and providing a dedicated GPU from AMD more specific the AMD Radeon Pro WX4100. The solution requires no hypervisors and lowers complexity while enabling the mobility of users and enhancing user experience. This solution is designed to meet the requirements of power users such as designers, architects and visualizers that require high performance with reduced physical footprint, and targeted towards 4-100 users.

Benefits of replacing physically engineering workstations with HPE engineering workstations.

  • Move physically workstation to a central location and unchain engineers from their desk
  • Centralizing compute
  • Benefit from central datacenter performance accessing the CAD/BIM files
  • IT Security and IP Protection
  • Providing mobility to work from any device such as tablet
  • Providing engineers/designers a great experience thanks to dedicated compute and graphics resources
  • Save up to 20% in operational cost

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AMD Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q4

AMD have released an important new driver for their AMD Radeon Pro GPUs in November 2018 (18.Q4)

Today, AMD is releasing Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise Edition 18.Q4, introducing a new Day Zero Certification Program, updating the Remote Workstation feature, expanding the unified “One Driver” with support for AMD Radeon™ Graphics, boosting productivity with faster performance in some key professional applications, and updating AMD Radeon™ ProRender.

Day Zero Certs Slide

This release is fixing more issues that AMD identified with Citrix Virtual Apps & Desktops (aka XenDesktop). The drivers works both with a physically machine with Radeon Pro + Citrix Virtual Apps & Desktops (aka XenDesktop) or with a Virtual machine where the AMD Radeon Pro GPU are attached as GPU passthrough or sliced via SR-IOV with S7150/S7150x2 with Citrix Virtual Apps & Desktops (aka XenDesktop). I haven’t tested with VMware Horizon yet.

AMD have expanded support for their Remote Workstation feature to include the AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 4100, WX 5100, and newly released WX 8200 graphics cards alongside the originally supported WX 7100 and WX 9100 graphics cards, giving users access to a full GPU-accelerated workstation experience from virtually anywhere with Citrix.

Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise’s unified “One Driver” simplifies deployment, and we are now including AMD Radeon™ graphics support in the downloadable Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q4 unified driver package, bringing many benefits of Radeon™ Pro Software – including stability and better security – to knowledge workers.

The Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise is designed to deliver market-leading uptime and stability. Rigorous multi-wave testing and exhaustive ISV certifications help make this “the industry’s most stable driver”1.  Radeon™ Pro Software is certified in over 100 workstation applications including Autodesk® AutoCAD®, Dassault Systèmes® CATIA®, Siemens NX™, Adobe® Premiere® Pro, Avid® Media Composer®, Autodesk® Maya®, PTC Creo® and many more

Built to help content creators make the best, every Enterprise Edition is designed to deliver more quality, performance, security, and simplicity

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NVIDIA vGPU Software 7.0

Hi All

Its time to update your NVIDIA TESLA M6, M10, M60, P4, P6, P40, P100, V100 with vGPU software 7.0

The brand “GRID” is now vGPU (Virtual GPU Software) software, in my previously articles I wrote GRID and now its branded vGPU.

NVIDIA have released new drivers for NVIDIA vGPU 7.0 for October 2018.

This release is a major release and include the fully support for VMware vSphere vMotion support for VMs that are configured with vGPU. Another major news is support for Multiple vGPU in a single VM and to a big surprise its supported with Nutanix AHV from 5.5 -> 5.9 + RHEL KVM 5.6-> 5.7. NVIDIA vGPU 7.0 now support Windows 10 (1803), Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.6, CentOS 7.6, vGPU support for NVIDIA frame buffer capture metrics from the hypervisor and guest VMs and support for NVIDIA GPU Cloud (NGC) containers, NVIDIA vGPU 7.0 supports NVIDIA CUDA Toolkit 10 For more information about NVIDIA CUDA Toolkit, see CUDA Toolkit 10.0 Documentation. NVENC support for RDSH in Citrix Virtual Apps (aka XenApp).

The big advantage of Citrix XenMotion and VMware vMotion support for vGPU is customers can keep their servers healthy and run patches and upgrade environment easier without end user disruption or data loss. Customers can also run mixed workloads using same infrastructure by repurposing hosts that run VDI during the day to run HPC and other compute workloads at night. Please be aware in current release XenMotion and vMotion is only supported to move VM across host with same NVIDIA GPU type.

Important:

  • NVIDIA vGPU 7.0 is supported with VMware Horizon 7.6, 7.5, 7.4, 7.3, 7.2, 7.1, 7.0, 6.2
  • NVIDIA vGPU 7.0 is only supported with Citrix Virtual Apps & Desktops (aka XenDesktop) 7.15, 7.17, 7.18, 7 1808 in HDX 3D Pro mode
  • VMware vSphere ESXi 5.5 is no longer supported with NVIDIA vGPU 7.0
  • If you are a customer using XenServer 7.2, 7.3, 7.4 its no longer supported with NVIDIA vGPU 7.0 and should plan upgrading to XenServer 7.5 or 7.6.
  • Customer using Citrix XenServer 7.2, 7.3 is supported with NVIDIA vGPU 6.0 & 6.1
  • Customer using Citrix XenServer 7.4 is supported with NVIDIA vGPU 6.0 & 6.1 & 6.2
  • Customers using Citrix XenServer 7.0, 7.1, 7.5, 7.6 is supported with NVIDIA vGPU 7.0
  • Customers using Citrix XenServer 7.0, 7.1 isn’t supported with XenMotion with vGPU

This release includes the following software:

  • NVIDIA vGPU  Manager version 410.68 for the Citrix XenServer, VMware vSphere, RHEL KVM, Nutanix AHV
  • NVIDIA Windows driver version 411.81
  • NVIDIA Linux driver version 410.71

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