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VMware vCenter Mobile Access (vCMA)

August 13, 2012 Leave a comment

I was having a play with my new iPad today and decided to take a look at the VMware vSphere Client for the iPad.

Having installed the app, I discovered that I needed to install VMware vCenter Mobile Access (vCMA) to get the iPad client to connect.

I was surprised that the vCMA  is a fully configured and ready to run virtual appliance that is required to manage your datacenter from mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets (iPad).  Using either a mobile browser or the native iPad application, administrators can perform various troubleshooting and remediation activities in their VMware environments from anywhere in the world.

Take a look at this video using the appliance on a BlackBerry.

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VMware View 5.1: Adobe Flash Bandwidth Reduction

August 13, 2012 Leave a comment

In VMware View 5.1 you can reduce the amount of bandwidth used to display flash content over PCoIP and RDP desktop sessions.  This can improve the overall end user browsing experience and make other applications running in the desktop more responsive.

Adobe Flash content is common for YouTube videos, is found on many web sites, and interactive training  materials.

Often the bandwidth can be reduced without affecting the user experience.  Audio quality is independent to the video, therefore quality is not affected.

For Internet Explorer 8 and 9, and Flash versions 9 and 10, bandwidth reduction is available, the animation must not be full screen to take advantage of the settings.

The VMware Adobe Flash Optimizer plugin is installed with the View Agent, and is enabled when IE starts and is running in an RDP session (or PCoIP).

There are two registry settings that affect the Flash throttling and quality:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\VMware, Inc.\VMware Abobe Flash Optimizer\FlashThrottling

Options are 0=No Throttling, 1=Conservative, 2=Moderate, 3=Aggressive

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\VMware, Inc.\VMware Abobe Flash Optimizer\FlashQuality

Options are 0=Default:Settings are defined by content creator, 2=Low, 3=Medium, 4=High

Adobe Flash uses timer services to update the screen at a given time, typical timer values are 4-50 milliseconds.  Throttling effectively determines the frame rate by increasing or decreasing the timer interval.  The Conservative setting timer interval is 100 milliseconds which will result in the lowest number of frames being dropped.  The Aggressive setting timer interval is 2500 milliseconds which will result in the highest number of frames being dropped.  The Moderate setting timer interval is 500 milliseconds.

In addition, Adobe Flash quality is set by the content creator and reduction of the quality of image reduces the bandwidth requirements.  If no quality setting is defined in the content, and FlashQuality setting is set to the default then the used setting will be low.

You can change the Adobe Flash throttling and image quality settings when you create or edit a pool using VMware View Administrator: