VMware Horizon – Using a Raspberry Pi Thin Client

In November 2017 VMware released VMware Horizon Client 4.6 with the welcome inclusion of Raspberry Pi 3 support. Follow this guide to configure a Pi with ThinLinX as a fully-featured Horizon client! Yes, as of 4.6 the Horizon Client for Linux now supports the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, running ThinLinX OS (TLXOS) or Stratodesk NoTouch OS, to provide a low-cost, highly portable thin client solution for VMware Horizon environments- with full Blast Extreme and PCoIP support no less. Always on the lookout for interesting use cases for the Pi, I thought I’d give this…

vDesign Factors – From your Lab to the Enterprise

No matter the scope of your project, the same universal vDesign factors hold true from the lab to the enterprise. Throughout my career to date I’ve had the pleasure of working on a wide variety of Virtualization projects, paying my dues from support, build, implementation and up to design and architecture. Looking back I found that it doesn’t really matter how many IOPs, users or Terabits of bandwidth your infrastructure is required to support, the fundamental facets of every single vDesign are set in stone. I’ve attempted to classify these…

vSphere 6 – What’s New?

So the worst kept secret in Virtualisation has now been made official, vSphere 6 has been announced with Pat Gelsinger keen to emphasise that this is the biggest release yet with 650 new features.  Sounds good, but just what is being added and what does it mean for your Virtual Estate?  Here’s a summary of the key enhancements and why you might just get a little excited…. ScalabilitySo first up those much-loved configuration maximums are changing up yet again and there are no mean portions here with double the number…

VCAP-DCD Study Guide: Part 3 – The Exam

So to the VCAP-DCD exam, VDCD510!  You’ve done your study, you know your stuff, you can do cluster sizing calculations in your sleep… this should be easy right?  Well no, not quite. There’s a reason you get four hours to complete this exam and chances are you will need to use most of, if not all of this time.  This is partly due to the fact that well, this is an Advanced level exam and it’s tough, but also the exam engine is nothing short of a nightmare to get…

VCAP-DCD Study Guide: Part 2

….So you’ve trawled the libraries/internet/Amazon for (I hope at least some of) the resources I talked about in Part One, so what now? Blueprint for success Okay so first I’d highly recommend having a read through the VCAP-DCD exam blueprint, you are going to need to know ALL this stuff and there isn’t really any getting around that if you’re serious about wanting to pass this exam.  See the VCAP-DCD exam isn’t happy with just testing your knowledge, VMware actually take it as read that you know your stuff having force-fed you configuration…

VCAP-DCD Study Guide: Part 1

So with the recent announcement from VMware that they will be retiring the 5.1 flavours of the VCAP-DCA and VCAP-DCD exams at the end of January 2015 I realise I’m a little late to the party, but for anyone planning to take the VDCD510 exam between now and then this series of posts will hopefully lend a hand in preparing for what is in all honesty, a beast of an exam. Step One: STUDY! First of all, there is no shortcut to passing the VCAP-Datacenter Design exam, and in that respect VMware…

MFA

As IT technologies and trends evolve, the threat landscape that SMBs face evolve right along with them.  Businesses no longer have to be specifically targeted by attackers in order to fall victim of an attack.  Whilst individual targeted attacks are still a very real threat to certain businesses and sectors, no business should assume it is safe or ‘hidden’ from attack because it’s too small, holds no sensitive information, or has a low turnover.  Attacks are automated- systematically scanning the internet for attached devices with vulnerabilities, to exploit without prejudice…

‘SECURING POST-COVID BUSINESS STRATEGY’

Regardless of size or industry, chances are the Coronavirus pandemic has changed the way your Business does business.  Whether it’s the services and products you provide, how you provide them, or just working out how to keep your staff working- adapting to these unprecedented challenges, and fast, was essential to mere survival. During the initial response the focus was purely on keeping the business going- and that’s entirely understandable. But when necessity, functionality and convenience become the priority, security inevitably takes a back seat. In the context of necessity and…

‘CYBER SECURITY FOR BUSINESS OWNERS’

Cyber Security is not an IT problem, it’s a Business problem – and if you’re a business owner or part of the leadership team that means it’s your problem. Strategy for Business growth, mitigating risks and staying ahead of the competition are all familiar topics for discussion in board rooms across all organisations large or small, but Cyber Security strategy?  Not so much.  According to a recent survey only around half of UK Businesses update Senior Management on Cyber Security matters on even a Quarterly basis- and 17% state their…

Cyber Breaches Survey Summary

UK Businesses are more aware and more prepared than ever in dealing with or preventing Cyber Attacks- but the threats are constantly evolving and businesses must be sure to not only keep up, but get ahead of the game. The Government Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport recently released the latest Cyber Security Breaches Survey.  First published in 2016 and conducted annually since, the survey aims to give an indication of the extent to which attitudes and approaches to cyber security have improved over time.  One trend that still…